Hi Antimatter, It sounds like you are well on your way to to “life extension through healthy living” yourself! Congratulations on all the positive changes you have made. The dietary piece is a tricky one, and I applaud your ingenuity at adding the veggie powder to begin getting some of the benefits of vegetable consumption without actually eating vegetables. Is there not even one vegetable that you like? Do you hate each and every one equally? If you could start with just one serving pe day of one veggie, maybe you could learn , if not to like it, at least to tolerate it as a “necessary evil”.
Are there ways you could sneak some vegetables into you diet without really noticing? Smoothies can be a great way to do that; a handful or two of spinach in a blender doesn’t affect the taste much as long as thee are other, flavorful ingredients. Or, if you eat tomatoes and like marinara sauce, some chopped onion celery, parsley and basil can melt away and disappear into the redness.
that said, I also encourage you to just take it easy and approach these changes slowly. There is no reason why you have to fully implement every element of the protocol right now. Give yourself some time. And also some appreciation for what you have already accomplished! You are already doing so many things that will support your long term health. Your exercise routine (and that you have been at it for four decades) is really impressive. I have heard, many times, that exercise is the most important thing for cognitive health.
That positive attitude that you express in the final paragraph of your post will serve you well too. There was a post recently about the benefits of optimism on long term cognition.