Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

Living to 100 – Can You Do It?


Many of you know I have a great interest in health and longevity. In fact, I even teach a class on it using all of the information I have gathered over the last few years.

While nothing can guarantee that you will live a longer life, there are obvious things such as quitting smoking and losing weight that can add not only years to your life, but life to your years!

I was surprised to find out that the year you turn 55 is, statistically speaking, your least happy year. From that point on, your happiness increases steadily and by the time you reach your 80’s and 90’s, you will be far happier than most 20-somethings!

Here are a few of the things I have discovered on my longevity journey:

1. Move it or lose it! – Find something you like to do, whether that is running, walking, gardening, martial arts, swimming, yoga, ballet, etc. If you like it, you are more apt to make it a part of your daily life. I’m not going to tell you to go out and start running if running is something you hate. If you hate it, you won’t do it. For instance, my husband loves going to martial arts. I would rather have a root canal than take a martial arts class. Am I going to make the effort to get to a class every day? Probably not. On the other hand, I love being outside in nature. If I make walking and/or running outside in a beautiful part part of my exercise routine, I am probably far more likely to keep it up.

2. Find your purpose – Whatever that may be. Only you know what gives you joy, what gives you that reason to get out of bed and get going every morning. Find something that is meaningful and build from there. Volunteer. Help others. Find your why!

3. Downshift – Life should be enjoyed. You should not be stressed out and running around all of the time trying to get to the next life event. Slow down. Enjoy yourself. Meditation, Prayer, Yoga and gardening are all great tools to help us relax and get into a better frame of mind.


4. Eat a mostly plant-based diet – One thing that most of the world’s longest-lived people do is they eat a plant based diet. I find that as I’ve gotten older, I enjoy eating fruits and vegetables more than I enjoy eating meat. Maybe that’s just me. One way I make sure I get enough antioxidants is by drinking Ningxia Red. You can read more about that here. A lot of studies have noted that drinking red wine is one of the secrets to longevity. However, they also caution that if you don’t already drink, you should not start just because of these studies. I don’t drink and I believe that I am getting very powerful health boosting properties into my body by drinking Ningxia Red every day.

5. Belong to a tribe – You can make your own tribe. Your family, your friends, the people you go to church or religious services with, they all make up your tribe. Belonging to a tribe of supportive uplifting people can increase your life expectancy.

* Please note that the information contained on this website is my personal opinion, and should not be used as a substitute for medical advice and treatment. If you have medical concerns, please consult with a physician or other qualified health professional. The information about the health topics is for informational purposes only.

I am not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. I am a mom who looks for natural ways to support her family’s health through nutrition, exercise and alternative, holistic methods. Any statements made on my blog are my own and do not reflect the opinions of anyone else.

Statements on this blog have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure disease.

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