Live Long and Wealthy

About Live Long and Wealthy

Written By Stella Kalfas 10/2016

Along Comes RAAD
Revolution against aging and death!

How Live Long and Wealthy came to be...

Maria Martinez and Stella Kalfas have been friends over 10 years. We have had so much in common although we come from different cultures and backgrounds.  Maria's family immigrated from Puerto Rico and mine from Greece.  Maybe we chose or maybe it just was, but, we realized we have so much in common. We have agreed that we make the life we want and we want to live for a long, long, long time.  Our families, our children and our grandchildren have given us so much joy (well, most of the time- we all have different personalities-right?), we want to be around for the long haul and be a part of their lives as we watch them grow and prosper.

Our challenge has been that we have had family members who have aged and have had many health problems that made life unenjoyable and with a lot of suffering.  One day, Maria and I looked at each other and asked, "Does it really have to be this way? Can't we just live well and one day just pass away quietly (now quiet is relative - we are not quiet about anything) when its our natural time?"  So we decided that this would be our mission in life and it would be our mission to share what we learn as we go along.  Finding a way to live long and healthy and when we do, we will share this with every person we meet, so we make sure that everyone has the same opportunity to live long and very healthy!  This took us down many roads and many ideas arose due to the search for the answers.  
In our quest for a healthier and longer life, we came accross many health professionals who seemed to have the same idea. We learned so much about eating healthy and the free radicals that hurt us and so much more. And, we do share that information.  We know that there is hope.

As we continued our quest we did sign up for information from many organizations that seemed to be searching for the same answers.  And, one day, we received an invitation to the 1st RAAD festival in San Diego - which we decided (of course!) that we would attend. 

And, that is where we learned that if we can stay healthy- they expected to have positive results in research to stop the aging process by 2029.  And, where we would be by then health wise, is where the aging would stop. Thus, staying healthy is of the utmost importance.  

We also learned that the basis for health is our cell health.  Oxidative stress on our cells is the precursor to many diseases as well as the main cause of aging.  As we looked at the products presented during the RAAD fest, we came accross a company that focused on nutrigenomics.  

And as they say, the rest is history!!!   

My focus in my work for the last decade has been about mental wellbeing. I have worked with the Mental Health Association of Greater Chicago toward ending teen suicides and teaching our youth, their families and their educators about mental health, what it means and how to prevent mental illness when possible. We provide sessions on keeping the brain healthy through nutrition, exercises and healthy life choices. Maria has been part of that personal mission with me. She helped to translate sessions and documents into Spanish to ensure our message reaches as many of our teens and their families as possible.

Our main mission, above living long and wealthy is to eradicate teen suicides.  When I am in a classroom and a student opens up, I feel we have an opportunity to show them that life is worth living and  we  can educate them about taking care of their mental wellbeing so  they can all survive and thrive.  We want to save lives and that is the ultimate mission of our quest.
 
This is the selfie we took while in San Diego during the RAAD Festival.  We did not know that we would meet so many people who wanted the same things we want!  A long, healthy and abudant life.  We want to remember the day that it all began!