Of all the self-fulfilling prophecies in our culture, the assumption that aging means decline and poor health is probably the deadliest.— Marilyn Ferguson
I was mostly not serious, but it does beg the question: If we don't decline, what eventually kills us? I suppose we could live healthily until age 100, suddenly catch pneumonia, decline for a few days, and then die peacefully in our sleep, which wouldn't be what most people (including me) would think of as a decline.
Anyway, I'm attempting to reverse age-related decline by following the radical step of not eating when I'm not hungry. I find I'm actually rarely hungry, but I eat when it's mealtime, I eat when food is available, I eat when I'm under stress, I eat when I'm lonely, etc.
So far it's only been three days, and I haven't been perfect with it, but I already sense an improvement. It seems so obvious to normal people, I'm sure, but I've never had a normal relationship with food.