Food For The Ages

Celebrating my dad’s 90th birthday got me thinking about age and why some people live so long. As a happy coincidence, I read some things the other day that represent this week’s Foodie Friday Fun. They had to do with some of the oldest living humans and to what they attribute their long lives. As it turns out, foods of various sorts are involved, as is an excellent business/life lesson.

The NY Post reported on a Brooklyn woman who is 116 and eats bacon, eggs, and grits every day. In fact, she has been known to eat bacon throughout the day and claims that the secret to living a long and happy life involves surrounding yourself with positive energy and bacon helps to do that. Not to be outdone in attributing long life to consumption of pork products, there is a woman in China that is 117. She has eaten twice-cooked pork three times a day and says pork is the secret to her longevity.

Then there is the woman in New Jersey who is 110 and attributes her long life, in part, to the three beers she drinks each day along with a shot of whiskey. Since researchers say centenarians typically show such characteristics as a steady routine and avoidance of stress, a few beers and a shot to keep one happy can’t hurt alleviate the stress.

Pork not your thing?  Well, there is a woman who is 116 years young in Japan who says the secret food is sushi, particularly mackerel on vinegar-steamed rice, and she has it at least once every month.  “Eat and sleep and you will live a long time,” she said in a message to The Telegraph. “You have to learn to relax.”

While these women can’t agree on which food is the secret, they do agree on being happy and relaxing.  I suspect that those things are not high on many folks’ lists as they deal with the daily stresses of business.  Wouldn’t the odds of generating long-term profits increase if we were around to help make that happen?  So get some rest this weekend, eat some bacon, have a beer, and relax.  It will all be there on Monday!

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