In recent years, an increasing number of people have made it their mission to improve their lifestyles by living as healthily as possible. Gym memberships have gone through the roof in the last couple of decades and we're constantly trying to increase the overall nutritional value of our diets. Okay, maybe a lot of us don't stick to the ambitious regimens we initially convince ourselves we will live by, but the point is; health and fitness have become increasingly important in our society.
But with conflicting advice being put forward in the media (for example, the whole 'is red wine actually good for you?' debate), it's difficult to know who to trust. Which is why we should be turning our attention to those who, against all odds, managed to live for more than a century.
Take the late Bernando LaPallo, for instance. He lived a very long, happy and healthy life, years into the second century of his life.
He was born in 1901 in Victoria, Brazil but moved to the United States as a little boy.
LaPallo was fortunate enough to live a very long and fulfilled life. Throughout his time on Earth, he always tried to broaden his horizons and had a real thirst for knowledge. This very thirst for knowledge had seen him thrive in four careers during his lifetime - a lifetime which lasted an impressive 114 years.
All the way back in the 1920s, Lapallo started out as a five-star chef. Decades later, at the age of 71, he started running a massage practice after obtaining a license. It proved to be very successful and he ran the business for another 20 years. He then tried his hand at writing books and even became a college lecturer.
Even in his old age, education had remained very important to him and he graduated from New York University after studying reflexology and podiatry at the age of 73. It wasn't long before he then turned his attention to the study of herbology with Dr. Richard Schulze of the American Botanical Pharmacy.
LaPallo may have become known by millions of people across the country for being the oldest living Yankee fan. But ultimately, it was his lifestyle which went on to inspire people all around the world.
LaPallo, who was known for his catchphrase, "Keep your liver and colon clean", was very dedicated to ensuring he lived as a healthy a life as possible.
And considering he had been alive for over a century, I think it's fair to say it worked out very well for him. He had a very strict daily routine and tried to keep his diet as constant as possible.
The health guru made sure to incorporate five key foods into his diet and he credits that for his longevity. And what are these five foods, you eagerly ask? Chocolate (I know, right!), cinnamon, garlic, olive oil, and honey.
Now, you may not have known this before but chocolate, cinnamon, and honey actually have antioxidant benefits which are great for your overall health. Plus garlic is very nutritious, low in calories, reduces blood pressure, lowering the risk of heart disease. And, of course, olive oil is rich in healthy fats which boosts the health of our brain and heart.
Now aside from the foods that LaPollo recommends eating, there also a number of foods that he believes we should try to steer clear of. These include red meats, hot dogs, and French fries. It is well-documented that regularly eating processed meats is linked to cancer. French fries are high in fat, calories, and salt, and can cause potential health risks when consumed in large quantities.
LaPallo also made sure to eat plenty of organic fruit and vegetables, soups, whole grains, and salads. He went on walks every morning to keep his body fit. To keep his mind fit, he read a lot and did crossword puzzles.
LaPallo did tragically pass away in 2015 at the age of 114, after a long, healthy life. It certainly can' be denied that he had a good inning.
But ultimately, it's the relatively strict regimen LaPallo followed that allowed him to live such a long and healthy life. He was a strong believer in "you are what you eat" and benefitted greatly from his nutritious diet, and since he has imparted his wisdom on to us, we can benefit from it too.