Centenarian studies in Sardinia, Okinawa and California have greatly contributed to understanding the impact of lifestyle choices on lifelong vitality.
Regular physical activity and plant-based diets are among the secrets of longevity.
The Adventist Health Study reveals that the use of a vegetarian diet is associated with a lower risk of hypertension, heart disease, obesity, diabetes and cancer. A balanced vegetarian diet consists of a regular use of legumes, whole grains, fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds.
This diet is recorded in Genesis 1:29 “And God said, See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food.“ These nutrient-dense foods are rich in fiber, vitamins -such as folate, vitamins A, C and K - minerals, antioxidants and other health-promoting phytochemicals.
A plant-based diet is also about enjoying most foods as grown. Whole grains are richer in B vitamins, magnesium, calcium, iron and fiber than refined cereals. For a long-term vegan diet, B12 fortified foods or supplements should be consumed. But a healthy diet is not only “what to eat”, it is as well about “when to eat”. Spacing meals 5 hours apart, not eating late in the evening, avoiding snacks between meals, and eating 2-3 meals each day all support good health. These secrets of optimal living are not to be the privilege of just a few. They are also for you!
Valérie Dufour, Health Ministries Director - EUD