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You may not want to live “forever” – and fair enough, it does sound like an awfully long time – but with these simple tips from food, health and beauty journalist, Faye James, you’ll certainly feel younger for a lot longer than you thought you might.

Her new book ‘The Long Life Plan’ (RRP $35) shares tangible tips for anyone and everyone who is hoping to feel as happy and healthy as they did in their heyday.

“Between a stressful career, an exhausting period as a parent, or relationship troubles, chances are that, as we age, we may have less energy, lower self-esteem and perhaps reduced confidence,” says Faye. “You may feel like you’ve lost your mojo and you’re not quite the same person you used to be. Your body isn’t the same and your energy levels might be sluggish. You may feel like you’re starting to feel the onset of ageing.”

Uh, yeah. It’s called parenting. And there’s no getting around that feeling of constant tiredness, irritability and complete lack of motivation – or is there?

“When I hit my forties, I actually felt happier and fitter than I had ever done, and people often asked what my secret was,” says Faye. “Growing up, my parents taught me the power of eating healthy food, looking after myself, staying fit and taking ownership of my health. It is a philosophy that has lived with me throughout my life.”

And now, it’s a philosophy that you can take with you through your own life! We’re sharing the top five tips from ‘The Long Life Plan’ to give you a taste of what you’ll find in Faye’s brand-new book.

 

Step One: Establish a healthy routine

You may think you’ve heard this all before, but Faye’s idea of a healthy routine is more than squeezing in that Tuesday night Pilates class for two weeks in a row. A healthy day in her world involves moving and nourishing her body from the inside-out, and then again from the outside back in.

Here’s what a standard day looks like for Faye…

6am // 30-minute yoga or Pilates
6.30am // 15-minute beauty routine and beauty shot
6.45am // Your choice of make ahead breakfast and power coffee
10am // Your choice of homemade snack
12 noon // Your choice of batch cooked lunch
2pm // Beauty tonic or soup, plus homemade snack
6pm // Your choice of 1 ingredient, 4 ways dinner
8pm // 15-minute beauty routine

 

Step Two: Get moving

You don’t need to lug your groceries home from the supermarket or gasp for breath in a spin class to incorporate a bit of movement into your day – Faye says it can be as simple as a quick 30-minute yoga routine.

Hers looks like this…

  1. Cat and Cow

Come onto all fours with your knees under your hips. As you inhale round your spine, and as you exhale arch your spine. Repeat five times.

  1. Downward Facing Dog to Upward Facing Dog

Start in the downward facing dog. Make sure your back is nice and at and lift your sit bones to the sky. Move into plank, then upward facing dog, and back into downward facing dog. Repeat ten times.

  1. Three-legged Dog to Fallen Triangle

In your downward facing dog lift one leg to the sky, crunch into tiger curl, then take the leg out to fallen triangle. Repeat on the other side. Do five each side.

  1. Crescent Lunge to Pyramid

Start in crescent lunge, make sure your hips are nice and square. Drop your arms down to come into a full lunge, then straighten legs to come into a pyramid. Repeat ten times.

  1. Warrior Pose to Side Angle Pose

Start in warrior pose, make sure your hips are nice and square and your arms are straight. Extend your arm to reverse warrior, then come into side angle pose. Repeat ten times.

  1. Standing Bow Pose

Start with one arm in the sky. Grab the opposite foot with the opposite arm and slowly kick as high as you can, reaching the other arm straight ahead as if you are being pulled. Make sure your standing leg is straight. Hold for ten long breaths. Repeat five times on each side.

  1. Bridge

Lie on the floor, feet hip width apart, and push your hips up to the sky. If you are able to, extend to full bridge and sweep one leg into the sky for a one-legged bridge. Repeat five times on each side.

 

Step Three: Nourish from the inside out

Longevity is not just about getting your body moving and looking soft and supple – it’s also about fuelling and nourishing it with the good stuff it needs to keep moving. Give either of these recipes a try, or pick up your own copy of ‘The Long Life Plan’ for even more recipe ideas straight from Faye!

 

Lemon Juice Shot (serves one)

Ingredients
1 lemon, juiced
A splash of warm water
A cap of apple cider vinegar

Method

  • Blend in a glass and knock back like a shot. Try to avoid the teeth as lemon juice and vinegar are known to erode the enamel. Make sure you drink as soon as you wake up, before you eat anything.

 

Zucchini, Pea and Feta Fritters (serves two)

10 minutes to prep, 10 minutes to cook

Ingredients
2 zucchinis (courgettes), grated
250g (83⁄4 oz) of goat’s feta
1 cup of frozen green peas
2 spring onions (scallions), thinly sliced
3 eggs, whisked
2 tablespoons coconut flour
Zest of one lemon
Salt and pepper to taste
Mashed avocado, rocket (arugula) and heirloom tomatoes, to serve 

Yoghurt dressing
Juice of one lemon
Handful of chopped mint
1 cup coconut yoghurt

Method

  • Grate zucchini, place in bowl and add crumbled feta, peas, spring onions and whisked eggs. Fold through flour and lemon zest and season to taste.
  • Shape into patties and pan fry between 3-5 minutes each side. Serve with mashed avocado, rocket and heirloom tomatoes.
  • For the dressing, simply mix the lemon, coconut yoghurt and chopped mint together.
  • Drizzle fritters with the yoghurt dressing.

 

Step Four: Nourish from the outside in

Don’t just feel younger – look more energised and radiant, too! Faye’s 15-minute morning beauty routine starts with a lemon juice shot, followed by cleansing with a homemade soap, and toning and moisturizing with a nourishing cream – all of which she makes herself (and you can find the recipes in her book!).

“Throughout the day you should hydrated with plenty of water, and drink my homemade green tea beauty quencher,” says Faye.

In the afternoon, her 15-minute beauty routine will includes an afternoon snack – usually a matcha green tea beauty tonic or watercress beauty soup – and then, after dinner, Faye will either shower with a homemade beauty scrub or have a bath soak with a soothing bath soak, along with one of her DIY face masks.

 

Step Five: Take ownership of your health

You don’t need to see a doctor to fix your health, see a nutritionist to fix your diet visit a personal trainer to get yourself into shape – you have to power to fix yourself.

“Only when you stop relying on the outside world and actually take personal ownership of your health can you make fundamental changes in your life and wellness,” says Faye. “Not only will you save time and money, but you will grow in confidence and health as you start to realize you have the power to change.”

You could spend a bomb on weekly visits to health professionals, but if you’re not eating healthily and working out when you’re not in their company, all their valuable advice – that you’re paying for – is going to waste.

“I’m not saying that you shouldn’t get expert advice from your doctor, nutritionist or personal trainer – what I am saying is that just by making a few simple tweaks to your life, you can take ownership of your health,” says Faye.

‘Taking ownership’ – of your health, your mindset, in turn, your longevity – should become your mission statement on your path to wellness. Take it, own it and empower yourself.

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