My grandparents on Mama's side lived to be 97 and 100. When someone lives to that age, it makes me stop and ask how they maintained their health. One of the things that stands out is how much physical labor they did. Grandpa did a lot of walking, too. I love to look at the terrain feature on Google Maps. It shows a range of hills near where my grandparents lived. Grandpa loved to walk "the hills." I think that kept his heart in good shape. They eschewed tobacco and alcohol, and I think they gave up coffee in the Depression (an unnecessary expense--they could teach us all a lesson on what it really means to cut costs). I think about the pastured beef and milk from pastured cows. But don't be tempted to imagine it was an organic paradise; why, they used DDT to kill bedbugs! I think about the minerals they got from the homemade sorghum and especially the nutritious turnip greens which they consumed frequently. There must be something to those greens. I got around to washing some I had picked, and I cooked them last night. They just needed a little cornbread, so when we had some of the leftovers at lunch today, I cooked some hushpuppies to go with them. They were delicious.
Eat your greens!