22 easy and affordable tips to eat well, move well, and be well in 2022

Every new year brings hope for new beginnings. While we are weary of the pandemic, there are thing we can control to be our healthiest self in 2022. And it doesn’t take a gym membership, an expensive piece of exercise equipment, or purchasing only organic foods. Nope, just simple steps to better health. Food &Continue reading “22 easy and affordable tips to eat well, move well, and be well in 2022”

Steps you can take right now to stay functionally fit to support healthy aging

Healthy aging is “the process of developing and maintaining the functional ability that enables well-being in older age.” World Health Organization The United Nations has proclaimed 2021-2030 the Decade of Healthy Aging and I love the definition of healthy aging from the initiative. Why? Because it is focused on developing and maintaining function that allowsContinue reading “Steps you can take right now to stay functionally fit to support healthy aging”

Five Reasons I’m Thankful This Turkey Day: What are you thankful for?

We’ve all faced challenges these past two years, but we are also grateful for many things this holiday season. Here are my five reasons to be thankful. What are yours? Food. While food prices have risen, the U.S. has one of the most affordable food systems in the world. Americans spend just 6.4% of theirContinue reading “Five Reasons I’m Thankful This Turkey Day: What are you thankful for?”

How to eat in Italy: Enjoying foods that are off-limits to many Americans

After 10 days in Italy, I believe it is impossible to have a bad meal! This was my 5th trip to Italy and on each trip I enjoyed the following…almost every day. Cappuccino with whole milk Rustic white bread Pizza Antipasto with salamis, prosciutto, and pate Pastas made with white flour Whole milk cheeses RedContinue reading “How to eat in Italy: Enjoying foods that are off-limits to many Americans”

Juicy fall apples and pears: pro tips on choosing the absolute best

I visited apple and pear orchards and blueberry farms in northern Oregon as part of the Alliance for Food & Farming Media Tour. I shared what I learned about conventional versus organic agricultural practices in a previous post (click here for the post). Today, I’ll share some pro tips from the experts on how toContinue reading “Juicy fall apples and pears: pro tips on choosing the absolute best”

How facts, not fear, can help you eat a healthier diet for optimal aging

Disclosure: I was a guest on a recent “Facts, Not Fear” produce safety media tour organized and hosted by The Alliance for Food & Farming. My travel expenses were covered, and I was compensated to write a blog post on a topic of my choosing. All the ideas expressed in this post are my own.Continue reading “How facts, not fear, can help you eat a healthier diet for optimal aging”

Top tips to be your best during Healthy Aging Month…and every month

Happy, healthy September! Since Food & Fitness After 50 was published, Dr. Bob and I have interviewed about 50 inspiring adults asking them what they do to achieve optimal aging. They range in age from 55 to 90 years old and they live as far away as Australia and as close to home as ourContinue reading “Top tips to be your best during Healthy Aging Month…and every month”

When your smart watch tells you 500 calories were burned in exercise, is it telling the truth?

This morning my fitness watch showed that I burned 720 calories between a one-hour aerobic dance class and a 45-minute walk with my dog. Yeah, me! But, a new study, says not so fast!   My last post reported on a new study that said middle-age weight gain is not tied to a slower metabolismContinue reading “When your smart watch tells you 500 calories were burned in exercise, is it telling the truth?”

Is aging to blame for mid-life weight gain? A new study says think again.

 “Science is not truth. Science is finding the truth. When science changes its opinion, it didn’t lie to you. It learned more.” Many folks read headlines and think scientists never get it right. A new study published in Science changes what we know about aging and weight gain. Some people won’t’ like the bottom-line ofContinue reading “Is aging to blame for mid-life weight gain? A new study says think again.”

6 Reasons to Fall in Love with California Walnuts for Optimal Aging

Has this ever happened to you? You are about to make a much-loved recipe only to find you are missing one ingredient. One very important ingredient for which there is no substitution. It happened to me recently and it led to a discovery. I was all set to make the absolute best banana bread, OldContinue reading “6 Reasons to Fall in Love with California Walnuts for Optimal Aging”