When Cameron Diaz was approaching her forties she began to get interview questions about her age. She realised how scared we are of getting older, so she decided to explore how females age by writing The Longevity Book. It's a follow up to her best-seller The Body Book.
'I'm not going to tell you how to reverse the ageing process in thirty days. This book examines how the ageing process works, why we age in the first place, and how it will affect us physically and emotionally' writes Cameron.
As we get older we start to notice more grey hair, age spots and wrinkles. Some of my friends are talking about getting Botox as a preventative measure. Cameron views ageing as a privilege and a gift. She renames the mid-life crisis as mid-life celebration.
The book is well researched and contains diagrams to explain some of the scientific concepts. The book talks about how the ageing process affects different parts of our body. There is an informative chapter about what happens to a woman's body during menopause.
The third part of the book is devoted to the art and science of living longer and it's my favourite section. Cameron talks about the trifecta of good fitness, nutrition and sleep, which helps to support our health. She encourages the Mediterranean diet and transcendental meditation. The advice is conservative, but there are lots of practical tips and techniques to slow the ageing process.
I liked the fact the book doesn't encourage you to go out and get Botox, plastic surgery or any other invasive techniques.
The Longevity Book is essential reading for any female approaching forty or older. The book can be read from front to back or used as reference. I love the main message of the book where Cameron Diaz encourages us to be optimistic and celebrate the passing years.