What is Aging, Really?
That's the question Cameron Diaz asked herself one day while walking across her backyard after working out. "I was feeling strong, but also thinking, What can I do to feel this way as long as possible?" Cameron says. So she set out to do a deep dive into the changes our bodies go through, interviewing top medical experts about how we can age better -- not turn back the clock. "The beauty is that aging well is all about living well," Cameron says. Here's a glimpse into how she incorporates what she learned.
"It's not just about going to the gym. Your body requires movement throughout the day. Sometimes I feel as if I spend most of my day sitting in my car, so I make sure that I do all the little things that help me move more: I'll park my car a little farther away. I stand when I'm at my computer. I'll take a walk after dinner. I keep myself moving around the house a lot doing chores. I also try to exercise first thing in the morning; it helps me better handle the day. I always try to do something, even if it's just putting on my headphones and dancing like crazy for eight minutes."
"I start my day by drinking a liter of water, and I pay a lot of attention to what I eat throughout the day. I always have healthy choices on hand in my house: lots of whole grains, greens, and lean protein. I love sauerkraut; it has all those probiotics that help you stay healthy. I'm really into this midmorning snack: I make sauerkraut, a few slices of avocado, and feta cheese crumbled on top."
This is what Cameron keeps in her kitchen at all times:
- Avocado: It's all healthy fat, which makes any snack or meal more satisfying.
- Grains: Couscous and quinoa are two of her favorites.
- Greens: She washes her veggies right when she gets home so they're ready to eat.
- Protein: She always has cooked chicken ready to toss into salads, and eggs available as a meal or snack.
Have the Right Mind-Set
"Gratitude is a big word for me. I'm grateful that I get to grow older. My body is changing, but it can still do great things. I'm continually evolving and growing. We have to flip the script in our minds. We often say to ourselves: I'm not skinny enough. But are you healthy? Can you walk up stairs? It's those little changes in our mind that help reframe our perspectives."
The Longevity Book: The Science of Aging, the Biology of Strength, and the Privilege of Time by Cameron Diaz and Sandra Bark, Harper Wave, $17.06; amazon.com