Polynesian Secrets to Longevity | William Spitzenberg | TEDxPagoPago

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93% of the Samoan population are considered overweight or obese. Will share’s how our ancestral roots hold the key to combat the obesity epidemic. William Spitzenberg was born from humble beginnings in the villages of Auto & Laulii. His parents instilled in him the importance of getting a good education. With their guidance and inspiration, he went on to complete a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering from BYU-Provo and a Master’s of Engineering in Environmental Engineering from Tennessee State University. With over 20 years of engineering experience, he now serves as the Chief Engineer and Manager of the American Samoa Power Authority’s Environmental Services Division (ESD) overseeing both Water & Wastewater operations and infrastructures. He enjoys spending time with his children and wife, reading self-improvement books, and listening to inspirational talks by successful people. As a side hobby, he also helps coach people on health and nutrition to help reverse obesity among our community. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx <br> <h3>Auto Generated Captions</h3>

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ten years ago I was diagnosed with
hypertension and pre-diabetes I was that
morbidly obese Polynesian guy who
enjoyed leisure time watching TV eating
burgers and fries for lunch and deep
fried chicken with a heaping plate of
white rice for dinner
now the fried chicken didn’t taste that
good until you first rounded in a
well-mixed full of mayo and ketchup I
used to think greens served at the
buffet were for decorations well today I
stand before you as a healthy no longer
obese slimmer stronger Polynesian guy
with blood pressure thank you and blood
sugar levels moles who dream of having
2018 study conducted by the American
Samoa Department of Health showed that
93 percent of American Samoans are obese
or overweight and over 50 percent live
with diabetes or the onset of diabetes
non communicable diseases account for
over 70% of death here in American Samoa
there is no sugarcoating this the
obesity crisis among Polynesians are of
epic proportions to find the true
solution to this crisis we must look to
our ancestors for answers I am here
today to share with you the Polynesian
secrets of longevity the cure for
obesity that I’ve discovered studying
our Polynesian ancestors following these
secrets help me lose over a hundred
pounds of fat and help me keep it off
for over ten years
our Polynesian ancestors never suffered
from obesity diabetes or any of the many
ailments we now suffer from when early
explorers came to the Pacific Islands
they were in awe of not only the beauty
of the islands but also the vibrantly
healthy people that lived here early
Explorer trials Clarke said this they
were the most beautiful race of people I
ever beheld I did not observe a single
remarkably thin or disagreeably obese
but they were all in fine
and exquisitely proportion the German
physician dr. Ernest diffenbach said the
men are tall muscular and have well
proportioned frame very rarely inclining
to obesity their teeth are white even
irregular and last – old age the things
our ancestors did on a daily basis help
them stay slim and strong all year round
for life without ever worrying about
going on a diet
following their way is the secret to
longevity and the cure to the obesity
crisis that we’ve been searching for our
Polynesian ancestors use these every
single day to stay slim and strong for
life these five secrets will also help
you reverse obesity for good so are you
ready to learn these five secrets our
ancestors used to be slim and strong for
life alright let’s get started
Polynesian longevity secret number one
you must recreate your mind with prayer
and meditation every single day
our ancestors spent time every evening
singing praises and offering
Thanksgiving to their God during family
flying Allah to anyone coming late or
skipping out on these family rituals
would be severely punished I know I’ve
had my fair share of punishment going up
monks and lasting civilizations have
known the power of meditation for
centuries science is just now catching
up meditation is the fastest way to
change your mind from its self-defeating
beliefs that are keeping you stuck so
new beliefs that will take you to where
you truly want to go to change your body
you must first change your mind James
Allen wrote in his classic leadership
book called as a man thinketh the body
is the servants of the mind at the
command of glad and beautiful thoughts
it becomes clothed with youthfulness and
beauty change of diet will not change or
help a man who will not change his
thoughts when a man makes his thoughts
pure he no longer desires impure foods
Earl Nightingale said we are all
self-made but only the successful will
admit it
the most powerful way to change your
mind is to spend time every single day
in prayer and meditation this will
literally reprogram your mind for
success guaranteed have you been looking
for a shortcut to weight loss success
this is it
recreating your mind through daily
meditation and prayer it’s a shortcut
you’ve been looking for for that slimmer
stronger body pray and meditate every
single day for longevity just like our
ancestors polynesian longevity secret
number to recharge your body with sleep
every single day the Samoan legend of
via and a parola retraced the magical
power of sleep when a parola approached
Leah’s little brother of Otto see me for
help she was disappointed to find him as
his funny figure merrily chasing
butterflies on the beach vato Sealy told
uh Paula not to worry but to wait a
while while he goes to sleep in the cave
lot o Sealy wants to sleep a tiny little
boy and came out of the cave a towering
handsome giant yes you can actually get
that slim strong body you want by
sleeping our Polynesian ancestors went
to bed shortly after dusk and they woke
up before dawn every single day that is
why they were healthy slim and strong
getting eight hours of undisturbed sleep
every single night is the only way you
can recharge your body along with so
many other life prolonging benefits
getting enough sleep increases your
body’s ability to repair itself and
build you that lean body you always
wanted someone once said the future is
shaped by your dreams so stop wasting
time and go to sleep get enough sleep
every single day for longevity just like
our ancestors Polynesian longevity
secret number three hydrate your body
with water and new every single day
drinking enough water helps your body
cleanse itself and provide needed fluids
for proper organ functions without
enough water your body will have a hard
time burning off body fat and processing
toxins out of the body
our ancestors drank pristine water from
mountain front Springs and new fresh
from the coconut tree thank you to Sina
and her eel
we now enjoy this delicious Fountain of
Youth just by drinking it no wonder our
ancestors refer to the new at The Tree
of Life I call the new the polynesian
sprites water is life without it illness
and death will swiftly follow drink
enough water and new every single day
for longevity
just like our ancestor I must caution
you though stick to only water if your
immune system is compromised Polynesian
longevity quit number four energize your
body with low-calorie nutrient-dense
foods from nature every single day the
truth is we all love food unfortunately
the types of food we love to eat are the
very foods that are causing obesity and
the many diseases that we now suffer
from high fat meats and highly processed
foods loaded with the addictive
ingredients like sugar oil dairy and
alcohol are easily available at
convenience stores located only a few
yards away from homes in every village
cheaply priced processed foods now line
the front aisle of every store that a
kid with a dollar can have a field day
with climbing a tree for some fresh
guava or some delicious cancer-fighting
mangoes is no longer appealing to the
obese child who’d rather walk a few
yards to the convenience store to get
his sugar fix overdose from candies and
junk food before heading to school each
morning grabbing a soda and a bag of his
favorite chips on the way to home from
school is now the norm times are
different when I was a child back then
the sight of a single lollipop would
make a kid act like it was Christmas all
over again whoever was lucky enough to
afford one had to share licking it with
his friends until all the hard candy was
gone so what is the solution to the food
addiction that is literally killing our
people it’s quite simple really eat the
same way our ancestors ate I teach a
rule called no soda no sugar no oil no
dairy no alcohol our ancestors never
used the
in their food and they did not have
issues with obesity no diabetes and no
heart disease disease proof your life by
following their way of eating their food
came straight from the soil and the
ocean to the dining table and I found
that the same way of eating can also
reverse obesity and the ailments that
come with it it’s what I and others I
help use to become slim and strong for
life that’s why I created the Polynesian
diet the closer you eat to the source
the better it is for the body
you need to energize your body with low
calorie nutrient dense foods from nature
just like our ancestors I am a big
proponents of eat local by local grow
local local produce is the best food for
the body yes
taro is the Polynesian steriod eat
wholesome food all natural food every
single day for longevity just like our
ancestors and Polynesian longevity
secret number 5 exercise your body for
health and vitality every single day
your body was made to move and sweat
Adam was told in the garden that he
needed to sweat to eat sorry
rolling down your window at the
drive-thru does not count as exercise 30
minutes of vigorous movement each day is
recommended for health and longevity
daily activities like working in the
plantation spearfishing climbing coconut
trees chasing wild boars and making home
before the family are great ways to get
in your exercise for the day
oh wait that’s how our ancestors got
their workout in huh they really didn’t
have to sweat to eat I think today we
refer to these activities as
life-threatening a kid climbs a coconut
tree that pulls him down this is what
are you doing he’s trying to commit
suicide don’t you know you can kill by
doing that let’s go McDonald’s and buy
you a happy meal instead exercise has so
many benefits aside from getting slimmer
and stronger exercise boosts brainpower
oxygenates the body strengthens your
heart clears your artery strengthens
your bones maintains mobilities and it’s
the most powerful stress relief
best of all it’ll add more healthy years
to your life exercise every single day
for longevity just like our ancestors oh
and you can eat your food knowing you’ve
earned it to bring this home and make
these five secrets more actionable and
easy to remember
I created a five-point system called
your five daily deposits to your health
accounts if you apply each of the five
dollar deposits per day you score 5
points 1 point per daily deposit at the
end of the week on Sunday morning if you
score 30 points or more you will lose 2
pounds or more per week just like anyone
who wishes to be rich would make
deposits on a daily basis to their bank
account anyone who wishes to be healthy
for life must make these five daily
deposits to their health accounts every
single day did you know that if you
deposited 5 dollars every day to a
financial account with a modest eight
percent annual rate of return in ten
years you’d have almost $30,000 and 20
years should have close to 90 thousand
dollars and in 30 years you’ll have over
200 thousand dollars well here’s the
kicker if you’re my age and you live to
be 90 years old
if you deposited just five dollars to
that account every single day starting
today by age 90 you’d become a
millionaire most of you are probably
thinking well I’m never gonna live that
long the majority of people here
on-island are dying before age 70 and
I’d be lucky if I live to be 60 well
here’s the good news if you start making
these five daily deposits to your health
account every single day you will have a
much better chance of seeing age 90 than
you currently believe oh and without
having to wear any diapers it took me
almost two years to lose over a hundred
pounds when I started ten years ago I
always recommend you give yourself
twelve months if you have a hundred
pounds to lose more time if you need to
lose more others who I’ve taught the
same five daily deposit system for
longevity have also seen amazing results
Melissa lost 75 pounds in 12 months
Myra lost 80 pounds in 12 months
dr. Pham we now lost a hundred pounds in
12 months and our man Alex who’s been
living this way for about 12 months also
lost over 150 pounds so I couldn’t find
any beef for photos of these guys but
don’t they look great
well actually they look this way for
life no obesity no diabetes no heart
disease and they’ve lived these five
daily deposits every single day thank
you to our ancestors most of them were
centenarians longevity was the thing to
look forward to those days they should
inspire us to live like they did and
enjoy the many healthy years they
enjoyed on these beautiful islands we
call home now what the same thing
happened to you as well if you eat these
five daily deposits every single day
well let’s play a little imaginary game
and find out will you please close your
eyes and imagine the following scenario
it’s 2021 two years from now you have
been religiously doing these five daily
deposits just like our ancestors every
single day what do you see in the mirror
are you enjoying your new slimmer
stronger body looking sexy in that
to-die-for outfit is your significant
other drooling over your new look you
betcha
now let’s fast forward to 2029 ten years
from now you’ve been doing these five
deleted pauses every single day as it
has become second nature to you as it
did our ancestors you’re feeling super
grateful for the new healthy life you’ve
been blessed with the renewed vision of
a longer healthier future do you see
yourself living longer than 90 years old
now of course of course you can open
your eyes now now did you know these
five secrets our ancestors used to live
long vibrant lives all you need to do
now is to take action and apply it to
your own life every single day you’d be
much more active absolutely slim and
strong and more importantly super
healthy from the inside out just like
our ancestors you come from a heritage
of slim strong good-looking centenarians
now let’s fast-forward to the 90 year
old you looking into the mirror and
reminiscing about the amazing life
you’ve lived
far remember when that crazy guy will
spit Sandberg told you in 2019 that you
live to be 90 years old if you did those
five dental deposits every single day
like our ancestors aren’t you glad you
listened to him look you’re still alive
and kicking at age 90 and without having
to wear any diapers amazing isn’t it
oh and aren’t you glad you also took his
other advice and invested those $5
deposits every single day to your bank
account
congratulations you are now a super slim
strong and sexy 90 year old Polynesian
millionaire repeat after me
it’s possible I can be a centenarian
just like my ancestors
tae-young at a hundred and one with ten
million in my bank accounts puffs tied
to lava god bless
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