How Do You Rate Your Health?


Excellent?  Good?  Fair?   Poor?  Very poor?

It matters.

This question often appears on hospital, doctor, and health questionnaires, as well in casual conversations with friends and family. “How are you today?” we often ask.

How YOU rate or think about your own health may have implications for how long you will actually live according to some new research from Switzerland.

Think you have excellent health and you may live longer. Think you don’t, and you may not.

Earlier studies have shown that self ratings have a correlation to how long you live in the last few years of life.

However, this new study found:

……self-rated health is also linked to the probability of survival or death over a long period of more than thirty years. [Emphasis mine.]

And this……

Even taking education levels, marital status, tobacco-related strains, medical history, the use of medication, blood pressure and blood glucose into account, the correlation between self-rated health and mortality only weakened marginally. [Emphasis mine]

You can read the short Science Daily  report by clicking the following link: Tell Me How You Are, and I Know How Long You Will Live.


In an earlier post on this topic, Is Your Glass Half Empty or Half Full, I examined the phenomenon of optimism in more depth.

 The evidence is piling up.

It is not just food and exercise that can keep us healthy and lead to a long life. In fact, those things may take a back seat to these other qualities.

There is an intangible quality to longevity that is hard to describe. Nevertheless, being optimistic seems to have something to do with it.

“The predominant quality of successful people is optimism…. Your level of optimism is the very best predictor of how happy, healthy, wealthy, and long-lived you will be.”

Brian Tracy

Featured Recipe          Tuti-Fruti Oriental Salad

The sugar, fruit and nuts makes this salad wonderfully sweet. And the rice noodles make it crunchy. But the toasted sesame oil slams it out of the ballpark.

Sweet. Crunchy. Delicious.

 What more could you ask for in a salad?

Better yet, this is also a fast and easy weeknight salad. This is a dump salad. Just dump all the salad fixins into a bowl, mix well. Dump all the dressing ingredients in another bowl mix well and dump on the salad. Top with some dried fruits and nuts of your choice.

The fruit and nut assortment I used had dried cranberries, papaya, sunflower seeds, almonds, and frosted pecans in it.

This salad is also something different and a change from the usual lettuce salad. I crave variety.

The only thing that I can think of that would make this salad even more delicious is to add bacon pieces to the salad and warm bacon grease in the dressing. Oh be still my heart!

Oh! Did I tell you, that at $0.93 per serving, this recipe is also super budget friendly!

This is what you will need for 4-6 people:
For the Salad

1 small head cabbage*

1 bunch (5-7) green onions

1 carrot

About  ¼ can rice noodles**

Couple handfuls assorted dried fruit & nut mix***

For the Dressing

½ cup canola oil

3 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons rice vinegar

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

Salt and pepper to taste

** You can use pre sliced bagged cabbage. It was $3.00 though. The head of cabbage was $0.49 a pound. ($1.32 total) Guess which one I opted for.

** Can substitute 1 package of ramen noodles crushed up.

*** You can find mixes like these in many places in the store. They are often with the salad dressings or in the produce section. Sometimes you find them in the candy aisle.

Here is what you do:

I make the dressing first, so that it sits a while and the flavors turn more delicious. Just place everything in a bowl and mix until emulsified.

Remove the outer leaves of the cabbage and discard.

I do not core the cabbage for this recipe. I just begin slicing. This is not Kosher within the professional cooking world. But I want to keep my my fingers.

I slice a portion off the top of the cabbage; and then slice that chunk very thinly till I have slaw like pieces………….

I immediately toss into a serving bowl. Then I continue till I use up the cabbage. I cut a big slice from the left side, then the right side and slice into slaw like pieces too. I discard any tough core pieces as I go along.

NOTE: If I have more cabbage than I do bowl here I save an extra cabbage  and use later in the week.

NOTE 2: If time is of the essence you can slice the cabbage the night before. Just place the shredded cabbage in the bowl,  cover with either plastic wrap or aluminum foil and keep refrigerated till ready to use.

Grate the carrot and toss into the bowl with the cabbage.

Wash the green onions and trim the roots off and about 1-2 inches of the green tops. Then slice the green onions and toss into the bowl.

Using your fingers toss the salad ingredients together.

Whisk the dressing again and then pour the dressing over and mix to coat the veggies.

Top the salad with some of the fruit and nut mixture and the rice noodles.

Serve and enjoy!

Bon appétit!!!


1 small head cabbage             $1.32

1 bunch green onions             $0.15

1 carrot                                $0.07 

¼ can rice noodles                $0.45             

Assorted nuts                        $0.85             

For the Dressing

1/3  cup canola oil                 $0.23

3 tablespoons sugar              $0.06

2 tbspns rice vinegar              $0.20

1 tblspn toasted sesame oil   $0.42

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost = $3.75
Cost per person (4) = $0.93

Quote of the Day

There is abundant reason to believe that optimism – big, little, and in between – is useful to a person because positive expectations can be self-fulfilling.

Christopher Peterson, American Psychologist


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1 comment to How Do You Rate Your Health?

  • Not sure about the name – tuti fruiti always makes me roll my eyes. I have no idea why because it’s just a name. 🙂

    This is a wonderful salad. You make the best food and only 93 cents a serving?

    and my health is excellent-ish 🙂