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Wonderful post. I was going to remind you of the Norman Cousins story but you are ahead of me.

My definition of "relatively healthy" is "not dead"

Most of the universe is cold, dark, empty, and lifeless, and whatever our conditions, we can be grateful for the precious gift of being on this warm, bright, life-filled and love-filled planet.

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Thanks Michael! I learned about Norman Cousins from you, and when I saw on his Wiki page that there was a movie portrayal of his story then I had to check it out! By chance I had recently watched the movie "Awakenings," and a post about health was born! So thank YOU for the inspiration!

You are so right that "relatively healthy" is "not dead." 🀣 LOL, but also true, and it's a good example of having a positive mindset, which can help us feel grateful for the gift and wonder of life.

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Great recommendations, thank you. I really enjoyed 'Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead' - and its sequel - although there's no way I could manage Joe Cross's juice diet. You make some excellent points in your post, backed up with great examples.

Good food, fresh air and exercise are all part of my own little futureproofing project - if I haven't got my health then not much else really matters!

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I agree; juicing is not for me. I think it's better to eat the whole fruit or vegetable to get the most nutrition out of them, but for people who can't eat them, either because they don't have a taste for them or because they can't chew etc., then juicing, blending, and the like are good options to get some of the micronutrients we need. I think making soups, stews, etc., is also a pretty nice and tasty way to combine many vegetables, and sometimes fruit, together.

It's amazing how much better one feels after getting some fresh air and going out for a walk, especially in the winter months when "cabin fever" sets in. It's quite invigorating to be out in the cold, but you have to encourage yourself to brave it and do it since it's so much easier to stay cozy inside!

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Such good lessons about taking a positive and proactive approach to our health.

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Thank you Heather! It's always worth remembering to be kind to our bodies!

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Have only seen Awakenings: remarkable flick. But I do eat an apple a day. xo ~ Mary

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Yes, I do believe in the health benefits of apples! They are a perfect, portable, tasty food.

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