Step 2: Find Your Freedom Foods
Hundreds of years before I was born Luigi Cornaro wrote: “The Art of Living Long.”
He had experienced very poor health up until his late thirties, and when his doctors told him to make a change or prepare to die, Cornaro committed to a two point plan that was as effective as it was simple.
Luigi decided to eat only as much food as he could comfortably digest, in other words not too much, and he chose to only eat foods that agreed with him.
Almost five hundred years before I was born, Luigi Cornaro decided to eat for himself.
His food choices were determined by what felt right to him, not by the fashions of the day. By embracing simplicity in his eating, Cornaro was able to achieve health, happiness, and extraordinary longevity, as he lived over 100 years.
My favorite part of Cornaro’s book is his description of his delight in being a grandfather. He relates his joy in playing, singing, and laughing with the little ones, and conversing with the older ones. He tells us how he is able to climb hills, mount his horse without any assistance, and and enjoy his intellectual, artistic, and social pursuits with ease.
What is most important to me at age 57, is Luigi Cornaro’s conviction that the years after age seventy, are the best that a person can experience due to a shift in attitude toward giving and enjoying people, places, and experiences rather than trying to gain more money and things.
I have found that a simple nourishing diet quiets the negative voices and fears that drove me to keep seeking pleasure and relief in more food and drink for so many years. Simplicity, not variety and novelty, is what satisfies our appetites and let us happily turn to other pursuits.
The ability to feel contentment is a wonderful gift for our times. As we confront the reality of our personal and collective impact on the environment, we need to realize that now is the time to find a way to tread lightly on the planet, and shift our desires in a way that heals it instead of demanding more from Mother Nature.
By simplifying our lives and returning to health and enthusiasm, we can put our energy into pursuits and enjoyments that help the community and the environment. How can we add to the confidence, security, and happiness of young people?
Let’s embrace simplicity in what we consume starting with food. Then let us take our health, energy, and optimism into the neighborhood and the marketplace with the intention of growing in what we experience instead of what we consume and collect. Let’s develop the physical and emotional freedom that let’s us embrace sport, art, culture, and fulfillment through what we do instead of what we earn, buy, and eat.
It starts with your Freedom Foods, and it can lead to health and happiness for you and everyone around you.