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How to Live to 100

We all want to take our health to the next level. With so many different diet plans, exercise routines and health gurus claiming to offer magic results, it can be intimidating to make even a few small changes. In light of all these options, one thing is for sure: it all starts with making better food choices. Here are five super simple ways to eat smarter and live longer.

1. Stay hydrated, my friends

It’s critically important to keep your cells hydrated. Get yourself a glass, metal or BPA-free plastic container and keep that puppy full. Drink at least one glass of water per hour (while you’re awake, that is). You’ll enjoy more sustained energy and enhanced mental clarity throughout your day. Oh, and be sure to eat more fresh, water-dense foods like apples, figs, cucumbers and pineapple. They’ll help keep you hydrated and more regular. Bonus!

2. Eat smaller portions more often

Think about the key role that a stable weight plays in longevity. I mean, seriously, you never see obese centenarians, do you? In fact, research studies have shown that eating fewer calories leads to a longer life expectancy. By eating smaller portions of food (and getting your healthy snack on), you’ll naturally consume fewer calories, be less prone to binge eating at mealtime and keep your metabolism burning. Try snacking on goodies like air-popped nacho cheesy popcorn, fresh fruit dipped in nut butters, chocolate kale chips or tortillas with fresh guacamole and salsa.

3. More minerals = less sugar cravings

Sugar cravings can often result from two easily remedied issues: dehydration and low mineral levels. So drink more water (step 1) and bump up the mineral content in your foods by snacking on the good stuff like pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, raw cacao (unprocessed chocolate), dried figs and almonds. These powerhouse superfoods keep the sugar monster at bay and help you stay satisfied longer.

4. Make healthy substitutions in your recipes

You don’t need to sacrifice your favorite meals to live longer. Just use easy, healthy substitutions in your existing recipes. For example, try extra-virgin coconut oil for baking, grilling and sautéing. It’s loaded with metabolism-boosting properties and heart-healthy medium chain omega fatty acids. Also, try using palm sugar or agave nectar instead of white table sugar in your coffee, tea or desserts. You’ll enjoy the same yummy tastes you know and love while loading up your body with vitamins, minerals and good fats.

5. Create a meal plan for the week

Planning out your meals for the week is essential to eating healthier. Map out your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks for the week by finding exciting, free recipes online or in a fancy new cookbook. Then, make a shopping list and hit the grocery store or farmers market. Most of us are free on Sundays, so set that day aside for shopping and food prep. You can make a big batch of soup, chili or pancake mix for the week – and then it’s easy and convenient to feed yourself healthy, home-cooked meals. You’ll save yourself frustration, desperate hunger pangs and the temptation of visiting the drive-through!

This is just a taste of the easy and affordable time-saving (and lifesaving) tips I’ll be sharing on my new special – How to Live to 100 – every Friday at 9pm ET on Cooking Channel.

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  1. Judy posted 01/08/2013

    This past Sunday, 1-7-2013, I tried to watch the show, "How To Live To 100" but was unable to since this show was not featured in our area. I live in the Chicago land area and my provider is Mediacom and Food Network is Channel 30 for me. PLEASE find a way to air this show so I will be able to watch it on one of the next air dates, which I believe are, 1-12-2013 at 7:00am ET, 1-13-2013 @ 5:00pm ET and 1-19=2013 @ 7:00pm ET. PLEASE note, I AM IN THE CST zone and I would be VERY Grateful if you could put this show on your network as a series. If there is ANY Way you can do this by 1-12-2013, I would Be EXTREMELY Grateful!! Blessings…Judy

  2. preferablyvegan posted 01/08/2013

    Great tips! It's crucially important for people to know that you can not only survive on a plant based diet but that you can increase the quality of your life by doing so. I look forward to seeing more from Jason!

  3. latonya posted 01/08/2013

    Jason is awesome! Please, please Cooking Channel, this is a keeper and much, much needed!

  4. Freedom posted 01/09/2013

    Love it!!! MORE MORE MORE!!!

  5. Sara posted 01/09/2013

    Loved the show! When will it be on regularly?

  6. Epiphany posted 01/09/2013

    So awesome! Love Jason Wrobel, love how to live to 100. PLEASE make into a regular series'!

  7. Carol Dean posted 01/09/2013

    Thank you Cooking Channel for airing Jason Wrobel's "How to Live to 100". You guys are one huge step ahead of Foodnetwork. I am new to veganism and raw veganism…pretty much started Dec 2012…I have been googling and you-tubing everything on the matter…bought books and kitchen tools and appliances…your show is the frosting on the cake (vegan of course)! I am almost 55 years old and have several food sensitivities that lead me to consider a vegan diet…I have never had so much energy or felt so alive. Please continue bringing more shows like this one. I learned so much with just one show! How did you ever find someone so charismatic? Please keep it up. Thank you again!!
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  8. Sapatsanun posted 01/09/2013

    I'm so happy to know there is plant based cooking show. Jason is awesome! I can't wait for more!

  9. Lavu1212 posted 01/09/2013

    I love this show!!! Jason is so funny- but at the same time he gives informative tips!! do hope it becomes a series on the cooking channel!!

  10. Troy posted 01/09/2013

    Live to be 100 is such a great show and Jason is such a cool guy! We need more cooking shows like this that promote healthy living!

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