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Wellness Wednesday: Make the Adjustments

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As age creeps up on all of us our bodies start making adjustments, due to the invasion of toxicity. It attacks us through the environment, stress, medications, drugs and negative thoughts.

After 30-plus years of veganism and 12 years of working with clients as a personal trainer, I believe the two most dangerous modes of toxic attack are food and exercise. Those two we have the most influence over, but we don’t exercise that influence due to a lack of discipline and patience. But, Father Time is relentless, so we must make lifestyle adjustments to keep up and live a fulfilling life.


One of my adjustments is changing the type of cardio I get. I was a runner for most of my 59 years on earth, but now I’ve incorporated cycling into my workout regimen. The bottom line is that I need cardiovascular activity. Running always seemed the best way to get my heart activated.

However, the pounding on my ankles, knees and hips has taken a toll on me and nagging injuries are popping up like never before. That said, I started cycling about a month ago and I love it. I still run, but as that door may close, the cycling door is opening wider.


Another adjustment is tweaking what I eat.

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This is something I’ve always been refining since my early days of veganism. One modification that I tell my clients to make is substituting cooking oils with ground flaxseeds. Also substituting refined sugar with dried dates and other fruit. Oil and sugar are two big contributors to overall toxicity, leading to obesity, heart disease, inflammation and many other problems.

Those two modifications have decreased the stress on my immune system and are helping me to age gracefully.


The point is we must be willing to make the adjustments with age. Many people won’t change what they’re doing regarding food or exercise unless they’re forced to. Even then, they may opt to take prescribed drugs instead of making lifestyle adjustments. Let that not be you.

My best advice is to take the initiative and make the lifestyle adjustments before it’s too late. The quality of your life may be at risk.

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