“I focus my energy on what I call ‘deep health,’ which comes from a balanced diet of fresh whole foods; sufficient exercise combined with rest; clean air and water; and living with purpose and joy.”
Another great quote from John Berardi. Truthfully, we could’ve found a quote conveying the same information from just about anyone who’s studied longevity, but Drew’s got himself a bit of a man-crush on Berardi so why not go with his?
It’s widely agreed upon that deep health is more than busting out killer workouts and making sure you eat well enough to do it again and then sleeping enough to at least function the next day. There’s a key element to longevity that often gets overlooked and is rarely delighted in enough:
Not acquaintances or quick interactions with coworkers or baristas throughout the day – we’re talking about mutual support, affection, and comfortable vulnerability between loved ones.
This is not just me spouting off some hippie peace-love-eternal happiness…this is a Harvard study concluding THE MOST IMPORTANT thing for longevity is a source of love in your life. This is health professionals agreeing that deep connections are THE MOST IMPACTFUL thing for living a long, quality life.
This challenge reminds us to truly appreciate the value of loved ones in our lives while also sharing a healthy meal that benefits our bodies. Grab a friend (someone from the SHOP or another close friend – maybe that person you always hit with the “let’s get together soon and catch up!” mantra) and carve out time this weekend to cook and share a meal together. Each of us need to eat every day anyway, so let’s make a point to use this commonality to connect and cherish one another’s company, building meaningful relationships and enriching one another’s lives with longevity!
Can’t agree on something to make? No worries – here’s Drew’s trusted Beef & Brussies recipe!
ADDITIONAL RESOURCES from Precision Nutrition