About ten years ago one of my student teachers, Johnny P, explained to me that our bodies regenerate new cells every seven years. He was emphasizing that through a shift in our diet we can radically heal, strengthen, and transform our bodies. In other words, it is all about how and what we choose to consume plus our lifestyle choices.
His words have resonated with me over the years. I did try to make slight changes while living in the ‘fast lane’ but I emphasize limited. Then I chose to retire early, freeing myself from the stresses of teaching. No longer could I rely on the excuse of stressful full-time work. The evolutionary commitment to improved eating, intermittent fasting, and reformed fitness routines began. As retirees, when living in Victoria, we signed on to a local food prep subscription, Local Urban, received nutritional coaching through our naturopath, eliminated a lot of carbohydrate-based snacks, limited our processed food purchases. Do I feel healthier? Yes. Was I capable of doing this when working full time? Yes, however, it would have been very challenging given the high-stress levels of teaching plus the tight scheduling.