3 Dos (and Don’ts) for Living a Long Healthy Life

How to Protect Your Heart and Promote Longevity

Robin A Henderson
6 min readAug 22, 2022
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Neither the latest ridiculous TikTok diet trend nor the unnatural Instagram fitness fad is anything new.

We’ve struggled through a long history of questionable social media health and wellness claims.

Some lessons are tough to learn.

There’s the recent lemon coffee trend with claims to help you lose weight. Before people suggested low-calorie lemon juice to boost your morning cup of joe, everyone added coconut oil or ghee for an unnecessary extra dose of fat.

The popular “What I Eat In A Day” videos from wellness influencers have morphed into “This Is How I Barely Survive” testimonials. They display calorie-restrictive dishes that are ill-suited to meet the recommended daily allowance of vitamins and nutrients for most people.

Fiction is always stranger than reality.

We need to get comfortable understanding our bodies’ individual needs and relying on our better judgment of what works best.

Take me, for example.

I subscribe to the philosophy of intuitive eating: eat according to your individual body’s natural needs.



Robin A Henderson

I write about inclusive storytelling in Hollywood and diverse representation in wellness.