Whether you are taking the stairs instead of the elevator or skipping desserts, making small changes to your daily habits can help you live longer. For optimal health, drink 64 ounces of water per day, limit caffeine and alcohol, and get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise weekly and two to three 20-30 minute sessions of strength training weekly on major muscle groups. Also, focus on getting enough sleep and reducing stress to avoid disease.
In this book, the Prophet Elijah Muhammad explains how to “eat to live.” He instructs his followers to eat food that is good and will prolong life. He also warns against eating poison foods that will shorten one’s life and cause sickness in the body.
Hilliard recommends consuming whole grains, such as brown rice, wheat bread with nuts and oat bran. These foods contain fiber, which slows the flow of sugars into the bloodstream. This allows the body to use sugars for energy without storing them as fat. He also emphasizes avoiding processed foods, which often contain high levels of salt and unhealthy preservatives.
He urges his followers to eat only once per day, with no meals in between. This will allow the body to rest and recover from all of the work of digesting food. He explains that this is the only way to preserve one’s health and live longer. He also warns against eating meat, as it will shorten one’s life.