I ask many of these people how they maintain their edge. Their answers reflect the way the disparate areas of life tie together:health, job performance, physical fitness and mental acuity. A framework for personal health that I followOne approach I came across provided a neat framework for thinking about the maintenance of health and performance. It came from Dr. Parkinson told me.
Eat, move and think. As a high performer, you have lots of demands on your time. You need to focus on the areas of your life where your effort will make the most difference to your wellness. To me, he nailed the three most important factors in maintaining a healthy lifestyle—diet and nutrition eat , physical activity move and mental health think. At Medcan, you come to us for guidance. Recently, we set out on a research effort to ensure that our advice conforms to the best and most robust studies that science has to offer.
Sometimes they contradicted one another, and when that happened we gathered together teams within Medcan and synthesized the research into a cohesive set of easy-to-understand guidelines. The best diet involves eating wholesome and minimally-processed foods, mostly plant-based, in reasonable portions. Rather, we believe that arming you with knowledge about your genetics, allergies, microbiome and biochemistry will assist you to refine your food choices.
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Move WellThe decision to engage in regular physical activity is the most important lifestyle change you can make to increase the likelihood of living a long and active life. So avoid fad diets and any single-nutrient approach. Which brings up a problem: How can you identify one? Most fad diets can be recognized by asking three questions:. Any diet that promotes itself with the promise of a steep descent in the number that stares up at you from the scale is likely a fad diet.
The three macronutrients in a healthy, nutritious diet are fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. All meals should consist of a mix of all three nutrients. The ketogenic diet says you should consume lots of fat and few carbs. The Atkins diet emphasizes protein. Neither provides the balanced mix of nutrients your body needs. Rather than artificially elevating the levels of this or that macronutrient, concentrate on enjoying a balanced diet of whole foods.
Long-term good health and nutrition should be your focus. Paying attention to what you eat is a rational strategy for remaining healthy. Rather than making radical changes to your diet that will last only a few weeks, concentrate on developing healthier food behaviors that you can continue for the rest of your life. Such restrictive approaches to eating can prevent you from developing the good habits that will keep you healthy for the rest of your life. Many times a day, we make decisions to regulate what goes into our mouths and when. In general, the best diet involves eating wholesome and minimally processed foods, mostly plant based, in reasonable quantities.
But what exactly does that entail? Here are three different strategies for eating well. None encourages strict calorie counting. None relies on an organization that will profit from your adherence to the approach. No celebrity weight loss expert advocates these diets in a transparent ploy to get you to buy his or her book. Nor are they diets , per se. This is a simple approach lifted from the relationship with food employed by people in Italy, Greece, and surrounding countries. Those who follow it consume lots of fruits and vegetables, legumes, nuts, olive oil, and whole grains.
They also eat fish, enjoy red wine with dinner, and tend to dine with friends and family. The eating style does not feature many foods high in saturated fats—not much red meat or butter, for example. Nor is there a lot of salt or added sugar. Researchers have conducted hundreds of studies on the effects of the dietary pattern, and found that those who follow it tend to live longer, as well as experience lower rates of heart disease, cancer, and numerous other maladies. This action might not be possible to undo. Are you sure you want to continue?
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I wondered about those questions, too. Then I sought the answers to them. MOVE WELL The decision to engage in regular physical activity is the most important lifestyle change you can make to increase your likelihood of living a long and active life. The relaxed lifestyle of the French revolves around family time. Here you'll live like the locals do and spend time bonding over lazy family lunches that stretch long into the afternoon.
Famous paintings are projected onto the walls and floors, set to music providing an immersive and memorable cultural experience - not to mention it is nice and cool on a hot Summers day! Cool down afterwards with an artisan ice-cream in a shady square in this idyllic village and you'll see why so many artists were seduced by its charm.
Jean Cocteau, Carzou, Buffet, Ambrogiani, to name a few. Lose yourself in the winding streets of ochre-red houses with their brightly coloured shutters and browse the many little art galleries. Thursday is market day. A little further on is the beautiful perched village of Gordes. With a little advance warning we can book a guided tour for you or you can just wander the charming streets independently. Either way the beauty of this village won't disappoint. Market day is Tuesday. Every Friday there is a fantastic market in Lourmarin in the Southern Luberon, nestled within vineyards and olive trees.
You can find everything there….. The town itself is known for its many art galleries and tasteful boutiques. Needless to say, there is no shortage of purchasing opportunities!
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Albert Camus, the famous French author lived, wrote and is in fact buried there. If you aren't going back to Le Mas for lunch we recommend numero9-lourmarin A small but carefully selected seasonal menu, tucked away in a tiny square. Booking essential as it quickly fills up with locals!
The villages of Bonnieux and Menerbes made famous by Peter Mayle, author of 'A Year in Provence' are also lovely and can be easily incorporated into a tour from Lourmarin.
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Almost all the streets of the village are packed with busy market stalls. On the village outskirts is the 12th Century monastery Saint-Paul-de-Mausole , where Van Gogh famously found sanctuary and where he painted many of his most famous works. There is a reconstruction of his room and the monastery itself evokes such peace. Back at le Mas you can enjoy a relaxing lavender massage while you play over the events of the day. L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue is famous for its Sunday market and Provence's antiques capital. A little green paradise on the river Sorgue where hidden gems can still be found.
Today, moss-covered water wheels still push water along the canals of this peaceful, inland town, known as the Venice of Provence. Part of the fun is to get lost in one of the many antique emporiums but if you prefer we can provide you with an expert Antiques Guide to help you negotiate. The river location has a cooling effect even on the busiest market day. All the dealers stop for lunch, so you might as well join them in one of their local haunts lecarredherbes. Its manicured gardens and salons with walls painted to match their macaroons are a favourite spot for afternoon tea.
The town is full of very chic independent boutiques, if a little retail therapy is needed and don't miss the buzzing market on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Enter Avignon, the historic capital of Provence through a gate in the ancient city walls and wander the tangle of cobbled streets and architectural treasures. Take a tour of the Palais des Papes, rising sheer and powerful then take refuge in the very special Hotel la-mirande restaurant for a delicious lunch.
You can walk along the remains of the bridge made famous by the children's song but you can also get great views of it from the Jardin du Rocher des Doms. A tall screen of whispering bamboo envelops Club 55, the beach club created in the year of its name to provide refreshments to a film crew starring Brigitte Bardot. Over the years this French institution has managed to retain its authentic charm.
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Against the backdrop of the Cap Cannaille, a dramatic sea cliff topped by the Chateau de Cassis, pastel-coloured buildings of irregular heights are crammed together around the little harbour, and streets crisscross each other at nonsensical angles. Cassis today is still one of the most bohemian yet classiest resorts in Provence, with working fishing boats supplying the great seafood bistros and a twice-weekly market. The beaches can be busy with French families taking a dip after lunch but they are fun and the waters are crystal clear.
Try the traditional Bouillabaise - a fish stew prepared table-side - the broth is replenished as many times as you wish.
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Our favourite spot is chezgilbert , right on the quayside. They are members of the Marseille Bouillabaise Charter so you are guaranteed it's the real thing! Its Plage de Notre Dame was recently voted France's finest beach and it's easy to see why. Turquoise sea, white sand and pine trees work together beautifully, creating a scene reminiscent of a distant desert island. Rent bikes in the village bike trailers available for little ones and spend the day touring this idyllic, car-free island under the shade of the pine forest, cycling through vineyards and stopping off at little beaches and creeks for a cool down.
Your chef can pack you a picnic or eat lunch in the pretty village square. A truly memorable day trip that even the youngest family members will love.
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If you prefer an overnight stay when the day-trippers leave and the island becomes a virtually private haven we recommend Le Mas de Langoustier and its wonderful restaurant. This experience epitomises what we love about the South of France. It is simply perfect in its absolute simplicity. The rawness, tranquility, beauty, and a healthy way of living all make this so compelling. Pack a delicious seasonal picnic lunch to eat at one of the tranquil creeks or opt to have lunch at one of our favourite restaurants brasserieducorton the more casual sister restaurant to the 2 Michelin star Villa Madie.
Mont Sainte Victoire, a mountain ridge 1, meters high presides over Aix en Provence. It is beautiful. So beautiful in fact Paul Cezanne was inspired to paint it over 60 times. No one is completely sure why it became such an obsession but he offers a clue in a letter to his son in ,. We can arrange a guide for you who can select from multiple trails, depending on your group's ability but the reward of whichever route you choose is the stunning view, as far as the snow-capped Alps on a clear day.
Catch your breath at the summit and marvel at the unforgettable panorama. One of the most invigorating and peaceful ways to appreciate Marseille's stunning coastline is by kayak. From Marseille's Pointe Rouge you will paddle on stable sit-on-top canoes alongside impressive sea cliffs, passing little working fishing ports and unspoiled calanques, accompanied by a guide.
Your personal trainer is also, like many of the French, passionate about cycling. This is absolutely one of our favourite places to visit! You can hike the undulating wooded trails, through the vines where the air is heady with pine and rosemary, and there are installations by Tracey Emin, Liam Gillick, Andy Goldsworthy, Richard Serra and Paul Matisse grandson of Henri.
Cool off with a tour of the wine cellars and a tasting of their excellent wines. What could be better? Wine, culture and exercise in one jaw-dropping spot! A visit to Cezanne's studio is a very moving experience. Painstakingly preserved, the everyday objects made famous by his still life paintings sit side by side his brushes, palettes and artist's smock.
Although sadly none of his original paintings are housed here it really does feel as if the artist himself has just stepped out for a stroll. This beautifully restored 18th Century former private mansion in the historic centre of Aix houses a permanent collection of art plus some excellent temporary exhibitions. You can wander around the elegant quarters of the original owner that have been faithfully recreated and nibble macarons in the tea room fit for a princess.