Macedonia’s newest centenarian, Baba Todorka Mitreva celebrated her 100th birthday in the company of her grandchildren and a birthday cake yesterday.
Todorka was born in 1921 in the Mala Prespa region on the Albanian side of Lake Prespa, but spent most of her life in the village Sopot near Kavadarci.
Her son told journalists of the Macedonian Information Agency that Todorka can walk on her own and that “she knows her mind.”
As it is usual, people always ask centennials for their secret to longevity. They asked Todorka the same question and her answers are not out of the ordinary, except for one thing.
Todorka starts the day by making herself a cup of hot cocoa. She also enjoys eating baked apples, regardless of the time of year.
Her diet mainly consists of vegetables. She likes soup, mandja (vegetable stews), peppers and tomatoes. She does eat meat, but very rarely.
Todorka never smoked or drank. She only used rakija to rub onto a part of her body that gave her pain, like her shoulder, neck or arm.
Perhaps one of the most important takeaways from Todorka’s advice for attaining longevity is not to stress. Her age is proof of that.