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  1. AndreasAsmuss

    Increasing nutrient density in a child's diet

    Please also make sure your children exercise plenty! I have seen a lot of wealth disparity in my life and interestingly enough exercise and activity can be a large factor for children and youth. For example, I have seen many very well off families with perfect nutrition, medical specialists, etc have kids who grow up healthy but simply but did not exercise enough and you can still see the impact of that later on in their life. On the other end, I have met MANY kids from poor neighborhoods and families through my job as a high school educator and there are a bunch who eat like garbage but are physical and athletic beasts because they don't have anything else to do but play football or basketball 24/7. Of course there are genetics at play and different factors of separate lifestyles, but if my studies have taught me anything, it's that children are ripe for the picking when it comes to being able to influence our genetics and our future health. Children are supposedly able to gain or lose fat cells more readily, which then freezes at some point in puberty or early adulthood. This is why people who go through childhood and puberty as obese may simply have more fat cells in their body which shrink and expand, thus giving them a lifelong challenge due to poor choices (mainly due to the parents of course). My knowledge of this is limited but I will try to find the studies and research. So please if you truly want your children to have the best lifespans and future get them involved with sports, flexibility activities and even simple leisure activities like hiking or cross country skiing. Installing these habits and routines into their brain when they are young will help them stay healthy for a lifetime and will ultimately help them make more conscious health choices in the future. Not trying to say you don't do this already OP, this is more of a general post about children and health. You obviously care about them a lot and they are very lucky to have a parent who gives them all of this nutritious food and cares about their health so deeply!
  2. AndreasAsmuss

    Thoughts on a "less is more" philosophy

    Thank-you for your welcome and for your answer. Your answer is also a just one. I appreciate reading about everyone's experience here, as well all are generally committed to the same thing, health, longevity and quality of life. I appreciate your honesty, as it alleviates some of my thoughts about doing more for myself. I am currently very satisfied with my lifestyle, but I also enjoy learning about the things other people take and experiment with. I certainly will expand my protocol in the future, but I think I don't need to worry too much about over complicating what works for me. It also did not really occur to me to see many of you as "hobbyists" in a way because I see my health as a necessity but not something that I personally like to over analyse or modify very much. It is also important to note that I myself understand very well that we absolutely do not know everything and that experimentation can sometimes lead to positive outcomes, so I am grateful for the experimentation of others and I wish the best for everyone.
  3. Hello CR Society, first time poster here. To preface this thread: I am not someone who practices CR, but I have been interested in the subject and others for nearly a decade. Due to economical and logistical constraints of living in a rural area, I have adopted quite a simplified protocol that entails daily fasting, anywhere from 18-23 hours, and a feeding of 2000-2500 calories of whole foods which include meat (I only eat organic meat from farmers with whom I have personal relationships) and many locally grown vegetables and canned goods which are often given to me for free or in exchange. Often when I read the diets and protocols of other members, I feel a sort of insecurity about my lack of supplementation and extreme variety that some members here seem to enjoy. Nonetheless, my weight has been stable for 6 years throughout this diet and I feel content with my energy levels all around. The main questions of this thread for the members are: 1) Do you ever considering simplifying your routine or diet? 2) Do you ever wonder if you are doing "too much" or more than is really necessary for your health? 3) Could a diet or routine with too many components, supplements, extracts, etc be detrimental in any way long term? The main example for this could be the excess consumption of protein, which can often result in the body simply expelling excess protein. Could it be that the things we are consuming do not have quite the impact we wish and are simply being flushed from our body because our body has no need and has compensated this deficiency with another process? I have many anecdotal examples of people in my community and in my family who have had far above-average lifespans, and most of these people are actually quite simple eaters. They eat junk food as treats, but generally eat a variety of whole foods including dairy, meat, and many canned and pickled goods, as well as fresh vegetables when they are in season. Strangely enough, most of the people I've encountered who live long don't even seem to do strenuous exercise, but lead lives where they walk, garden, read and visit others while shuffling about. To sum up, I often have a suspicion that longevity is not quite as complex and mathematical as we think, and I wanted to see if any other members here felt as though they could maybe be doing less and be just as well off.