Radical Aging

radək(ə)l

Action relating to or affecting the fundamental nature of something;

ājiNG

the process of growing old

taking positive ACTION towards 

the fundamental nature of aging!

Keep Moving

Walk, Run, Bike, Hike, Climb

Just MOVE!

Eat Healthy

Unprocessed, real food! 

Enjoy Beauty

Take time in nature,

embrace spiritual wellbeing!

“When you are close to death will you regret missing a TV show? Or will you regret not learning, loving, being, creating, moving…?” 

-Jane Thompson Hasenmueller

RADICAL AGING

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RAging!

“There IS a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will have truly defeated age.” 

-Sophia Loren

NOT gain weight traveling? How I made it happen

How I learned to NOT gain weight traveling:  How to NOT gain weight traveling. A few weeks ago, I wrote about the frustration of gaining weight traveling. Traveling as much as I do, I have found the constant yo-yoing frustrating, but I was hoping to figure out a way to stop. I said I had a trip coming up and I’d let you know if I could travel and NOT gain weight. Well, I did it! I didn’t gain a pound on this trip I just took to Sweden and Denmark. Hallelujah! Avoiding alcohol on the plane: When you fly international, airlines offer free wine or beer inflight. In the past I have always had a glass or two on the flight, but this time, I drank water only. Wine on planes is not that great, so why waste calories on a not so tasty wine? Besides, there has been lots of articles written on why drinking on planes is not such a good idea. Not only does alcohol dehydrate you, booze can also make you feel drunk due to the pressurized cabin and that can get you escorted off the plane at the end of your ride. Not good. I also chose to not have a drink every night. Using the same rationale as on the flight, if they didn’t have a really great wine, why have a glass? Skipping dessert 90% of the time: I recently wrote about giving up sugar and bread for 30 days. This helped me lose weight before this trip, but I knew I was going to allow myself a little sugar, however, I... read more

Grandma Gatewood, a true Radical Aging inspiration

Grandma Gatewood was a true Radical Aging inspiration: I just finished reading, Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman who saved the Appalachian Trail, by Ben Montgomery. This is the story of Emma Gatewood, the first woman, who in 1955, thru walked the trail from Georgia to Maine. She walked the entire 2100+miles, and she was 67 years old! Not only that, but she thru walked again at age 69. Then Emma walked in her 70’s the entire trail a third time in sections. WOW! And get this, I would consider her the first ‘minimalist’ hiker. She carried nothing but a 12-17 pound bag of supplies, over her shoulder, not even using a backpack. I loved this story because she was a fighter and a survivor. Emma had suffered terrible physical abuse at the hands of her husband, yet raised 11 children, farmed, braided rugs, canned food, and more and more. She loved walking, her way of getting out of the house and escaping her husband. Once he was gone from her life, and the kids were all raised, she told her family she was going for a walk. And what a walk she took. Emma’s children didn’t even know where she had gone until she started making national news. Radical Inspiration: Emma Gatewood, radical ager that she was, found herself profiled in one of the early editions of Sports Illustrated. She received recognition from Congress as well. Her reports of the bad condition of the trail helped save the trail by activating people to get out and repair. Parts of the trail were rerouted to make the repairing... read more

Revert to the training, what this means

Revert to the training:  That’s what most of us do, most of the time. Wondering what I’m talking about? Think about a long distance runner. He/she has trained to just keep running. They learn how much water to drink along the way, when they need food, what foods give them energy to keep going, and when they feel like they want to give up, they revert to the training. They picture everything they’ve done to train for their moment, and they make it through the run to finish. Ask anyone in the armed forces how they managed to get out in the field and not freeze in moments of crisis and they will tell you, they revert to their training. Their training become internalized. They can call up what to do in any situation because they have been highly trained. The same is true for any one trained in a highly specific manner, they will revert to the training over trying something new. Revert to the training: What does this have to do with Radical Aging? The majority of us have grown up eating the Standard American Diet (SAD), heavy on the meat, sugar and processed foods, and light on the fruits and vegetables. Sadly, we have internalized this as a way of life. When we try to lose weight, we can do it for a short time, but then we revert to our training. That’s right, we go right back to what we learned through commercials and our own family kitchen, all which extolled the goodness of sugar laden processed foods, along with processed meats, white bread and... read more

What if there was a cure for cancer?

What if there were a cure for cancer? What if the cure was what you eat? How many pharmaceutical companies would be put out of a revenue stream they rely on? How many doctors would have to find a new line of work? How many ‘let’s beat cancer’ by running a race would no loner exist? How much income would no longer be generated for all these entities? A LOT! So what is the likelihood anyone is going to come out and say ‘eat a plant based diet to beat the odds against cancer?’ I’m guessing it’s not going to happen even though research is showing time and time again, what you eat can cause cancer and what you eat can fight off cancer. Cancer is the scariest word on the planet to most people. No one wants to get cancer, yet we daily increase our odds of cancer invading our bodies through what we eat. Eating the Standard American Diet is the best way to acquire cancer. Eating a plant based diet is the best way to fight it. How do I eat a plant based diet, you ask? Eat NINE servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Yes, I said NINE! 9! Then add some healthy grains, some nuts and seeds, at least a cup of beans, spice things up, and drink lots of water. Cut out sugar and dairy (oops! I’m crossing the line now, right?) and cut out meat, (say what? Meat? Oh yeah, that’s right) and you could be on your way to living healthy to the end of your life! Just so you... read more

I Forgot the WHY

I forgot the why of writing this blog. I thought it was about perfection, and having gained 12 pounds in France last year, then only managing to lose six before we went again this year, I felt I didn’t have anything to share. (And BTW, I gained eight this year.) Then a friend chided me for not writing and reminded me, we’re in this together. I don’t have to be perfect to share with you. Insert embarrassed emoticon here, because I realized she was right and how foolish I had been for feeling this way. So here goes. Aging and travel mean a few things and the one I’m going to talk about today is gaining weight. It’s difficult to maintain my weight when I travel. I drink more, I eat more and things aren’t prepared as I make them at home, adding extra calories for sure. And as so many have said to me, “You’re in France! Of course you have to enjoy the food!” Well, yes and no. Yes, I need to enjoy, but no, I don’t need to eat so much. The French love their veggies, so the first few weeks, when I was at our apartment, it was easy. I went to the market that was actually the first floor of my building, and had great choices. I managed to eat well and I didn’t feel as if I gained anything. Then the travel began and we were with my husband’s clients and I found myself eating, and eating, and eating. And don’t get me started on drinking. I love the wines. I could tell... read more

#OptOutside and REI Black Friday

#OptOutside is the hottest hashtag right now, at least in my world. I work part-time for REI and I love it. I have great colleagues, great working conditions and flexibility. Plus, we really embody our mission statement: to inspire, educate and outfit for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and stewardship. So what a great surprise when we learned the Co-op was closing for Black Friday, one of the biggest sales days of the year so we could all be outside. How great is that? Today was my first day back on my mountain trail after being out of country for a couple of weeks and then in recovery from jet lag (and avoiding seriously cold weather) last week. (Ok, excuses really, I could have gotten out there.)  I did plenty of urban hiking while in Germany, like 5 to 10 miles a day and one day even hit 14 miles, but there is nothing like hiking a mountain trail. My magic place is in the woods hiking. But mountains aren’t for everyone or even available to everyone. How about an urban hike? When was the last time you walked your city and looked up at buildings, down alleys, through open windows and doors, stopped and talked to people on the street or patted a dog on the head (ask first please, I’d hate for you to get nipped). There is lots to be seen in your city or town, even if it’s not mountains. Many years ago I lived in a small town in Eastern New Mexico, and while I often disdained my location, I learned to bloom where... read more

“No one can avoid aging, but aging productively is something else.”

-Katharine Graham