You’ve heard of an IRA, but have you heard of an IRAH?
An IRAH is your Individual Retirement Account for Health. Think about it: all the money and prudent planning in the world can’t help someone who has not invested in his health.
As you grow older, become wiser and navigate your Prime-Time, there is no better way to ensure you can enjoy the years ahead than by taking care of yourself. Prime Time Health is a scientifically proven plan for feeling young and living longer. Prime Time Health was written and developed by Dr. William Sears and his wife, Martha. Dr.Sears is a world renown physician, nutrition expert, and author of 45 books. Prime Time is defined as the second half of life. At what age does the second half of life begin? It depends; for some it begins at the 30s, 40s and for some with 50 or 60. Typically everyone off 50 is at the prime of their life.
Remember this: Lifespan is different from HealthSpan.
Your goal should not be to just live a long time and accept the “consequences” of age. Many people these days would rather accept the fact that they feel sick, being in pain and tired all the time as “getting old and wiser” or even in younger ages. So, as you prepare to develop and “contribute” regularly to your IRAH, I want you, envision your ideal Prime-Time.
What does that look like for you? How do you desire to spend your time? What are you longing for? Does it include less sickness and pain? Does it involve continuing to do your favorite things? Does it include travel and exploration? Does it include to spend more time on things you really love to do? Spending time with family and loved ones? Staying active in your community? Volunteering? Does it mean to honor your values and ways of being that make your life worth living and fulfilling?
Keep these goals and desires top of mind as you begin to work on your IRAH and concentrate on your Health Span. You can already start at the early ages creating your IRAH and prevent your mindset. You don’t need to wait until you are in the ages of repair mode.
Healthspan is more important than the lifespan from my point of view.
Researchers who study the health habits of cultures with the highest longevity focus less on lifespan and more on health span. We read that human beings living longer. The fact is that we are living longer but not better. Therefore, in my opinion, it is worth it to plan for living better and healthier, mindful, conscious and enjoying more time at the top in good health. How long we spend at the top depends on how we plan for it. We can focus on investing in the IRAH to be active, brain smart and contributing. Or we can do nothing, becoming coach potatoes and look forward to the three Ds: disease, disability, and doctors. Which will you choose?
Here are some disturbing health statistics and hard to digest:
* More than 50 percent of all insured adults in the United States take prescription medicines regularly for chronic health problems.
*On average Americans buy more medicine per person than do the people of any other country.
*Twenty-five percent of people over age sixty-five take five or more medicine regularly.
*Three out of four people over age sixty-five take medication for chronic pain.
# As you prepare to work on your IRAH, start by visualizing your best life. Take some time to think about what you really want your Prime-Time to be and use those mental pictures as your motivators. Also, think about what you don’t want to become. Are there family members or friends who have not planned their IRAH? Remember what their lives look like too.
# Visualize how you would like to spend your prime time. Imagine being able to enjoy the delights of the world, the pleasure of walking/hiking in nature or along a beach, a pain-free day, and the mental clarity to remember and enjoy the experiences and resources you’ve accumulated.
Or do you want your prime time brief and your calendar filled with doctor’s appointments? Do you want your life savings to go to co-pays on drugs and pills that fill your medicine cabinet? The choice is yours.
I hope you will choose to invest in your IRAH and plan for living healthier, mindful, conscious to enjoy more time in good health.
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As you may know, nutrition and real food are contributing to living healthier, mindful and conscious.
I would love to inspire you regarding real food and give you a recipe:
Recipe for Sun-dried Tomato Hummus
This is a very easy dip to whip together. Craving some hummus with veggies or pita? Try the sun-dried tomato hummus recipe – one way to make raw veggies more appealing. Here’s what you’ll need!
2 fifteen-ounce cans of chickpeas, not drained
3 cloves garlic
1/4 cup tahini (sesame seed butter)
1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
3 tbsp. water
¼ cup sundried tomatoes
¼ cup lemon juice
Red bell pepper
Directions for sun-dried tomato hummus:
Drain the chickpeas, reserving 1/4 cup of the liquid. In a food processor, mince the garlic, then add the rest of the ingredients, plus the chickpea liquid. Process for about 3 minutes or until smooth. Serve with raw vegetables or whole wheat pita triangles. Refrigerate any unused portion.
Have fun with the preparation and enjoy the taste of sun-dried tomato hummus!