The Healthiest Lifestyle

The Key Ingredients

The Healthiest Lifestyle can be summarized using the acronym NEURO-C.


Emphasize a diet that is Whole Foods Plant Based (Organic when possible)

  • Vegetables-a big variety, especially dark green leafy and cruciferous (like broccoli, cauliflower and kale)
  • Fruits-especially berries
  • Legumes (pinto and black beans, peas, lentils, chickpeas)
  • Whole Grains (brown rice, oatmeal, quinoa, whole wheat)
  • Some Nuts and Seeds, Mushrooms and Onions/Garlic, Spices-especially Turmeric

Avoid Animal Products and Processed Foods

  • Avoid Meats, not only red meat but also poultry and fish, and especially processed meats
  • Avoid Dairy, especially high fat (cheese) or with added sugar (ice cream)
  • Avoid Eggs
  • Avoid Highly processed foods that are low in fiber and high is sugar, oil (fats), and salt

Take the vitamins that you may be lacking

  • Vitamin D3 for most people, especially those not regularly exposed to sunlight
  • Vitamin B12 especially for those that eat primarily plant-based


Maintain Physical Activity throughout the day

  • 150-300 hours per week of Moderate Intensity Physical Activity (brisk walking, etc)
  • or 75-150 hours per week of Strenuous Physical Activity (jogging, etc)

Avoid Prolonged Inactivity (sitting more than an hour at a time)


Intentionally Relax and Unwind

Seek Joy and Avoid Negative Stress


Encourage Healthy Sleep

Avoid Disturbances to Sleep


Seek Experiences that Strengthen our Mental and Emotional Health

  • Activities that Develop New or Complex Skills
  • Time for Strong Social Connections
  • Meaningful and Purposeful Experiences


Stop Harmful Lifestyles

Make Safety a Priority

Watch out for Toxins in our Food and Environment

(*The acronym NEURO is from The Alzheimer’s Solution book by Drs Dean and Ayesha Sherzai, with C added for Caution.)

Keeping in mind these healthy lifestyle ingredients, please enjoy watching at least one of these informative and inspiring documentaries:

Forks Over Knifes has helped millions of people to discover how a healthy lifestyle can treat many common medical conditions. It follows everyday people as they learn to use a whole-food, plant-based diet to improve their health and reverse the underlying causes of their medical conditions. The Forks Over Knives website is also an excellent resource.

The Game Changers explores how a plant based diet can be part of the quest for ultimate athletic performance. The Game Changers website is also an excellent resource.

Click her for a printable version of The Healthiest Lifestyle.

Knowing the risks of a poor lifestyle and the benefits of making healthy choices is a great start. But that knowledge is only helpful if it leads to meaningful action. That’s what we consider on the next page, Healthy Lifestyle Steps.


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