Not kidding: Live 20% longer, get sick less AND save Money

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Sounds like one of those cheesy infomercials but all of the above is true.

The benefits of a calorie restricted diet aren’t new. Rats being fed a calorie restricted diet lived twice as long, were more active and overall healthier.

The recent findings published about studies done in monkeys may be even more relevant. Long story short a 30% reduction in calories while maintaining good nutrition roughly extends your life by 20%, reduces the rate by which you age and allows you to live much healthier while alive.

Here’s the link to the report, pretty interesting stuff:

This is all of course strongly linked to survival and preparedness for obvious reasons. Living 1% longer sounds pretty good, but if we’re capable of stretching it to 10% or 20% and not only that but also be healthier while doing so then the benefits start piling up. Eating less also means spending less money on food, which directly puts money in our wallet for supplies, gear and of course savings.

It’s not hard to combine the different benefits with our modern survival plans: We want to live longer, be fit and healthy, save money and stockpile the necessary supplies. Bulking up our supply of wholegrain rice, lentils and canned vegetables means we are buying some of the most affordable food in stores, food that also happens to be high on nutrition but low on calories AND happens to store well, ideal for long term food supply for emergencies.

Eating little of it at a time means we’re abiding by another important survival rule: Store what you eat, eat what you store.

So by now you’re probably thinking: “This all sounds great and I’m on board but I have two important questions, how much calories do I need so as to deduct 30% from that and how do I know how much calories I’m eating?”

Regarding the first question there are several ways of estimating your caloric need but this link would be a good way to start.

Regarding how many calories you’re eating I suggest downloading a calorie counter app for your phone. They are simple enough to use. After some time you get the hang of it and have a pretty good idea of what you are eating. Having a mostly plant based diet will make things easier since they have good nutrition value but are usually low on calories. I would suggest minimizing the amount of meat consumed as well and sticking to lean meat such as chicken or turkey breast or meat with good fat like salmon and tuna.

If you want to give it a try using some of that rice and lentils you should have stocked up by now, check some out one of my favorite recipes, lentil stew.


Reply: AEDs



Thanks for your post on the privately owned AED. I do have an AED for the very reasons you mentioned. In fact, I have the very model you posted the link for from Amazon.

I bought mine about three years ago for $1300 so the price has come down a bit.

You might like to know that some states here in the U.S. require a “prescription” from a medical doctor in order to buy an AED. The great state of Texas does not so I did not need one. I cannot imagine a doctor denying such a request but it is another hoop to jump through. The American Red Cross offers a combined CPR/AED course which is well worth attending. You do not want to try to learn how to use the AED when someone is having a heart attack! Also, the wife and I take ours when we are away from the house for overnight road trips.

Best regards from Texas


Hello K,
That’s very interesting, I didn’t know that. Texas is a great State.

It just makes a lot of sense to have a machine that can save your life when facing the #1 cause of death, yet very few people have it and the cost is high but not really that high compared to a high-end gun or a couple regular ones.

At a certain age or specific health conditions it makes a lot of sense to have one.


Philips HeartStart HomeDefibrillator (AED)

Philips HeartStart Home Defibrillator (AED)


It makes a lot of sense to take the CPR/AED course so as to know how to use it during an emergency.


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An update on what’ve I’ve been eating and doing fitness wise and how it has been working for me so far. Not only is your body your most imporant tool, but also your health directly impacts both your chances of survival and quality of life. Remember that!

What Happens When you get Shot Part 3


Given the positive feedback I got, I did a final video wrapping it up and including a few final concepts.



Preparedness and Personal medical care


I work as an R.N. in both E.R. and I.C.U. settings. It constantly amazes (and frustrates doctors and nurses) that people are not accountable for their medical use. When some one has a chronic condition that they purposefully do not take care of or they have a problem that has been with them for awhile (time changes by medical condition) and just felt like coming in that day is hard for us to relate to.

As relates to your writing please consider writing on subjects of how much can be taken care of at home with over the counter medications.

Some days a full 1/3 of my patients could have avoided a hospital visit by staying well hydrated (and/or peeing often). This includes dehydration, kidney stones, urinary tract infections, and  elevated blood sugar. Another good percentage could avoid being sick if they they just washed their hands. This includes flu, colds, pink eye, gastro-interitus, etc. You could give lots of good advice that keep people out of the poor house due to a normal $800 (min) cost of visit to the emergency department for those that actually pay.

Good “talking” with you. Please keep up the increasingly professional work you are doing. Also, I did not write this for print, but you may paraphrase. Thank you.



Hi Tom, thanks for your email. You bring up several interesting and valuable points.

I did notice that as well, that a significant amount of medical complications either start or evolve into more serious ones because of the patient’s ignorance.

Drinking lots of water: As Tom says, staying hydrated. To begin with, most people simply don’t drink enough water as it is. If urine isn’t clear, then you’re dehydrated to some degree. Drinking more water makes you feel better, think better and feel less hungry. People often confuse thirst with hunger. I found out that drinking a couple more liters a day than I normally would helps a lot to accelerate the flu process and reduce the sinuses inflammation and that puffy face feeling.

Washing your hands: Did our grandparents know what they were talking about! Dirty hands when grabbing a quick bite may be one of the most common ways in which people catch bugs that they could have avoided, but its not only that, the average person touches his face three times every waking minute. Its impossible to know what critter came in contact that surface you are now touching or if a plumber just fixed one of the bathrooms in your office building and touched the elevator’s buttons. Wash your hands often, especially before eating and carry with you hand sanitizer for when soap and water aren’t available.

Don’t self medicate! I admit that I take aspirin or ibuprofen when they situation call for it and that would be self medicating, but some people take it to dangerous levels. Aspirin during headaches is one thing, but popping sleeping pills, painkillers and other strong drugs all day can be dangerous. Its always better to check with a doctor,  avoid self-diagnoses and if you do take medications on your own, stick to the ones you know well enough and are available across the counter. I’m surprised by the amount of people that will take very strong prescription medications for certain symptoms when there’s less risky options available.

Go to the doctor: How simple can that be? But people will often wait, hoping problems will go away on its own or just ignore doctor’s recommendations all together. If something hurts, or if your body starts failing in some other way, then you need to know what’s going on. Problems rarely disappear on its own, rather they are symptoms of complications likely to get worse rather than better. Infections and wounds that haven’t been sanitized are a good example. I just talked with a friend over the phone that called after having some of his wound dressings replaced in the hospital (bike accident). These treatments can be very painful, but leaving them be can be dangerous since a spreading infection can end up in amputation or death.

Ask for a second opinion: If you don’t like what a doctor tells you, there’s nothing wrong with getting a second opinion. If he says the same as the previous one you have a better idea of how accurate the first diagnose was, if not you may avoid problem. I’ve had doctors recommend surgery and treatments that weren’t really needed. I suppose it happened to others too. As with everything else, unscrupulous doctors will try to make the extra buck (or thousand) at your expenses. Tough economic times bring the worst out of people of all walks of life and this is no different. A second opinion, especially from someone you can trust like friends or family members is important.



Must see Video: Continuous Chest Compression CPR


Good video on Continuous Chest Compression CPR was developed at the University of Arizona college of medicine.\

And you don’t have to do mouth to mouth.

Plus, because of the Good Samaritan laws, you won’t be legally liable.

VERY EASY.  You could save someone’s life.




Thanks so much Jim, people please do invest the 6 minutes to watch this, have your wife and other family members watch it too ( I did) It’s about maybe saving someone’s life one day, maybe even your own!


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