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  ...A Different Lifestyle, Not a Different Diet

Every day, it seems, you hear about the latest diet or a new eating plan
that simply works wonders.

Instead of looking for the newest fad, we have found that people who are
successful in changing to a new pattern of wholeness and fitness do so
because they learn a different lifestyle, not a different diet.

Again, for the record, HARDCORE HEALTH focuses on a healthy lifestyle
that is better than wherever you are right now.
Also, HARDCORE HEALTH is a lifelong journey, not a destination. It isn't some milepost that you reach,but it's learning
to set goals, to reach those goals, and then to keep setting higher and higher goals. For us, it means that we are
vegan, eating plant-based protein, rather than animal-based protein.

Recently, a new study was released that seems to support the lifestyle choices of less and less animal-based protein.
British Medical Journal released research on 23,000 adults in Greece.

They discovered that the Mediterranean eating patterns, including mostly vegetables, fruits, nuts, and legumes (peas,
beans, lentils), had the greatest impact toward increasing longevity and good health.

Another study by the
Archives of Neurology revealed similar findings, showing that Mediterranean eating choices
reduced risk of experiencing dementia up to 28 percent!

In fact, among people who already showed cognitive impairment, those who followed this eating lifestyle rigorously
actually lowered their risk of Alzheimer's Disease by 48 percent!

As we have mentioned before, not everyone is ready for a vegan lifestyle. The main thing is to start from wherever you
are right now to make better decisions about developing better health.

However, there are too many studies available today to ignore the amazing results from a lifestyle that focuses more
and more on plant-based protein.

We often recommend reading the  book,
The China Study, by T. Colin Campbell, PhD, one of the most famous
nutritional researchers in the world. He is a  professor emeritus of nutrition at Cornell University, and was the director
of the "China Study," considered the largest, most comprehensive nutrition research ever attempted.

For you, whether you get rid of red meat or not, we recommend that you try to adopt more of a Mediterranean eating

Genesis 1:27-28 tells us, "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and
female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the
earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living
thing that moveth upon the earth."

God created Adam and Eve in the midst of the Garden of Eden which was filled with life-giving bounty: “And God said,
Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which
is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat”
(verse 29).

Isn’t it interesting that we often overlook the fact that God placed
Adam and Eve in the midst of a garden—a paradise of fruits,
vegetables, and herbs?

Today’s leading nutrition researchers tell us why: Diets rich in
fruits, vegetables, and herbs help us in so many ways by
reducing the risk of cancer, heart disease, and other chronic
challenges, meanwhile providing essential vitamins and minerals,
fiber, and other substances that are important for good health.

Fruits, vegetables, and herbs are gifts from God, good for us
and provided in abundance around the globe. These miracle-
foods were given by God for a specific purpose—optimum health
and wellness—and they should be a large part of everyone’s
balanced and healthy eating plan.

Sadly, people today continue to stray increasingly from God’s life-giving garden that He continues to provide. Studies,
in fact, show that 90 percent of us are not eating nearly enough fruits, vegetables, and herbs! The results of that lack
are obvious—obesity is epidemic and diseases related to nutritional imbalance continue to skyrocket.

Are you looking for a brighter future? Do you wish you could somehow eat healthier every day in the midst of your fast-
paced, high-stress, snack-filled, fast-food, on-the-go world?

Fruits, vegetables and herbs can fill your life with God’s natural bounty from His garden. No matter where you live,
your age, your lifestyle, or your cultural background, you can discover quick, delicious and convenient ways to eat
more like our Creator designed you to eat with foods that can help keep you healthy throughout the years.
Eating fruit, vegetables, and herbs every day can help you in so many ways:

  • Thwarting the risk of cancer and diabetes
  • Reducing cholesterol levels
  • Fighting infection
  • Satisfying your body’s need for vital vitamins and minerals
  • Providing needed nutrition to sustain and restore your organs, tissue, bones, muscles, and skin
  • Aiding with weight loss
  • Bolstering your immune system
  • Preventing fatty accumulation in blood vessels that lead to heart disease
  • Boosting your energy levels throughout the day
  • Enriching your life and lifestyle, regardless of your age
  • Lowering your disease rates

A lifestyle that features fruit, vegetables and herbs will generally produce little or no cholesterol or fat. The foods are
readily available, easy to prepare, comparatively economical, and delicious no matter how or when you serve them.
There is a wide and interesting array from which to choose, regardless where you live.

Combined with a healthy lifestyle, eating more fruit, vegetables and herbs can be vital to your well-being.

What could be better?
You know Jimmy Clanton from such gold hits as "Just a Dream" and "Venus in Blue
Jeans," and from his teen idol movies that include
Go Johnny Go (with Chuck Berry
and Alan Freed) and
Teenage Millionaire (with Rocky Marciano and ZaSu Pitts).
Perhaps you were there when he was touring with all legendary recording artists of
that era, or maybe you have seen him more recently with the Doo-Wop TV shows and

What you may not know is that he and his vivacious wife Roxanne have become
leading proponents of a lifestyle that they call HARDCORE HEALTH. Best of all, they
are dedicated to sharing what they have learned with others. That is the purpose of
this extraordinary MyBestYears.com eColumn.
The Original Mediterranean Lifestyle