Niagara Gazette —
It is never too late to do an about-face and regain control of one’s health! We have the ability to get back to eating real food that will help our health flourish. By committing to gradual and lasting change, we can slowly but surely heal ourselves and regain our instinctive nature to listen to our bodies, eat well and enjoy life more. In many other parts of the world, eating is the focus of living, a time for gathering with loved ones and enjoying a meal together. Food plays a key role in living la dolce vita—the sweet life. Isn’t that the life we all dream of?
The longevity recipes below come from a world of the past — a world before our modern agricultural system took control of farming techniques and food production methods, before corporate marketing executives and advertisers promoted addictive flavors and the glitzy, persuasive packaging of foods. But we cannot completely blame the modern world for our woeful state of health. The choice of what you feed yourself is yours alone. You get to decide whether to subsist on dead, lifeless foods or whether to choose living, breathing, healing foods.
Initially, you may cringe at the idea of giving up “convenience” foods, but I want you to consider this: is it really convenient to eat poor quality now, only to have to spend extra time and money at the doctor’s office a few years later—not to mention the complete diminishment of your quality of life in the interim? It is an empowering enterprise to take back control over what you eat and how you feed your body. A healthy diet is the most powerful tool you have to feel energized, youthful, and on the path to true longevity.
We can initiate self-healing within ourselves, enjoy life more in the present, and achieve longevity in the future. From 1985 to 2005, I extensively interviewed over 100 centenarians in China, with a special interest in observing what foods they ate and recipes they shared with their families. Many of these recipes are in my book “Dr. Mao’s Secrets of Longevity Cookbook.” Here are a few of those recipes: