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.

With rising temperatures in the summer, I crave hydrating foods such as melons, berries, and citrus. I’m unafraid to consume avocado toast to start my day with carbs or vegan ice cream to satisfy my sweet tooth after dinner.

I eat nutrient-dense plant-based foods until I’m full. No calorie counting is required.

We’re all different, and so are our nutritional needs.

Whether you follow a plant-based lifestyle or subscribe to intuitive eating, everyone is concerned with protecting their heart health.

According to the CDC, heart disease is the number one killer in the U.S., accounting for about 1 in 5 deaths every year.

We can all benefit from habits that promote optimal heart health and longevity.

If you’re tired of scrolling through your social media feed late at night only to find senseless, useless advice to improve your long-term well-being, look no further.



Robin A Henderson

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