Jacksonville, Fla. – Deborah Thompson remembers when she first heard directly from one of her role models in the 70’s: Comedian, civil rights activist and healthy living crusader Richard “Dick” Gregory.
In May 2018, Gregory brought his landmark comedy routine to the Comedy Zone in Jacksonville. While many know Gregory as a civil-rights activist and a comedian who brought racially charged humor to the mainstream, Thompson remembers his emphasis on healthy living and weight control.
Thompson works out regularly, watches what she eats and like Gregory, she fasts three days each month.
“Concentrate on you,” Thompson says. “watch what you put into your body and your body’s reaction to what goes inside.” “It’s a lifestyle”
Is it working? Well, at age 72 this March, she is fit, active, and not on any regularly prescribed medications. Here’s what works for Thompson:
“I used to suffer from migraine headaches and asthma,” Thompson says. “So, I left out cow’s milk, and chocolate and other mucus forming elements. I use no refined salt or sugar. I eliminated beef or pork, and eat light meats; seafoods, chicken and turkey. The heavier the meat, the worse it is for you to digest. I’m not a doctor, I’m not a nurse, I just do common-sense things. And it works, so I keep doing it.”
AARP agrees. AARP Jacksonville local leader Justine Conley is working with BoomerSenior Expos to offer healthy lifestyle information and resources at the Active Living Expo from 10 am – 2 pm on March 30 at the Adam Herbert Center at UNF, 12000 Alumni Drive, Jacksonville FL 32224.
“At AARP in Jacksonville, our volunteers and members are so energized by the potential of healthy, active living,” Conley said. “All of us see the benefits and potential of this way of living.”
For practical, easy-to-use tips on healthy living, go to https://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/.
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