This week Mirabai of Moving Free with Mirabai is hosting Fashion Flash. I have to confess I am not a gym bunny. I don’t like to exercise, I don’t even like to talk about exercise. But with Type 2 diabetes exercise is not an option and so I am always looking for exercise that I can enjoy and that doesn’t leave me drained and sore. Mirabai was a dancer and her exercise programs reflect a dancers respct for their body. Her moves and routinues are created to devleop that wonderful long line that dancers need to showcase choreography. She tones the body so that my clothes just look better even without losing weight. And when I do lose a few pounds, her approach to fitness makes the most of even a small weight loss. Nice.
50 Secrets of the World’d Longest Living People by Sally Beare
There are diverse communities around the world where the people live strong and healthy well into their ninties. From the Hunzas in the Himalayas to the Japanese in Okinawa the healthy diets all seem to thrive on diets based on whole grains, tons of vegetables, fruits and very little meat. My favorite diet was found in the Italian mountain town of Campodimele where the vibrant octergenarians thrived on meals of beans, olive oil, garlic nuts, homegrown fruits and vegetables, corn and homemade red wine. It is a far cry from pizza and chicken parm subs, but has the same delightful flavors. For example in Campidimele, an ear of corn is grilled and topped with olice oil and salt. Perfect.
The book is a bit disorganized but the information is well researched and well written. The author, Sally Beare studies nutrition at the British College of Nutrition and Health in London and has traveled extensively to study first hand the different diets and cultures. I was especially impressed with the extensive references to back up the text.