In my youth I was a boxer. So after a couple of rounds with cancer, I knew one thing for sure: as any boxer will tell you when you're knocked down, you have to take that full eight count and then get back up and carry on fighting.
Fighting to get your health back, however, doesn't have to hurt. It's all about having a good time. Eating good food, exercising as much as you are able, relaxing and laughing at the funny side of life, are all part of the prescription. How painful is that?
As part of my own recovery, I went to visit friends in a part of the world that's known for its healthy diet and lifestyle: Andalucia in southern Spain.
The Mediterranean diet is famously healthy – and the people who eat it live longer, healthier lives. But I know that not everyone can take a Spanish vacation, so in 2009 I set out to discover the Mediterranean secret of long life and good health and bring it back home to The Skanner to share with all my readers.
Here is what I discovered about Mediterranean Life. My Journey will take you to my photos of Spain. Just click on the button to reach a map with photos. Livin' Well is The Skanner's report on the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle. We started with Dr. Miles Hassell, one of my consultants and an expert on how eating well can help us live longer and happier lives. Click on the button to find out about the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle. Olive Oil is all about olives and olive oil. My friend Wayne Branche took me on a tour around his Villalta olive estate and showed me how olives are grown and turned into oil.