Food & Fitness After 50: Thank You for Your Service

“Aging is a different adventure for everyone.” Brenda Richardson, MA, RDN, LD, FAND How many times have we thanked a military veteran fro their service? Service is in Brenda Richardson’s DNA…literally. Both her parents served in WWII and service to country and community was distilled in her at an early age. Now in her mid-60s,Continue reading “Food & Fitness After 50: Thank You for Your Service”

Food & Fitness After 50: Lean Pork for the Protein Win

(Disclosure: The National Pork Board sent me a meal kit to try a lean pork dish. However, they did not ask me to write this post and I was not compensated to do so. As with everything I write, these are my opinions.) We often talk about the importance of getting adequate protein as weContinue reading “Food & Fitness After 50: Lean Pork for the Protein Win”

Food & Fitness After 50: How To Eat To Feel Your Best During Menopause

I am often asked what diet plan is best for managing the short and long-term symptoms of menopause. So, I was excited when two of the best in the profession, both personal friends and colleagues, authored a new book, The Menopause Diet Plan, A Natural Guide to Managing Hormones, Health and Happiness available TODAY, SeptemberContinue reading “Food & Fitness After 50: How To Eat To Feel Your Best During Menopause”

Food & Fitness After 50: Coffee with Ted Kyle of ConscienHealth

I have coffee every morning with Ted Kyle, founder of ConscienHealth. Not literally, but his thoughtful commentary arrives in my email box every morning and I read it as I sip my morning coffee. Seven days a week, Ted produces an insightful commentary on issues surrounding obesity. His goal is to provide sound science to healthContinue reading “Food & Fitness After 50: Coffee with Ted Kyle of ConscienHealth”

Food & Fitness After 50: Is There an Optimal Protein Intake for Older Adults?

A recent paper from three international protein gurus reviews the science behind the recommendations that older adults need more protein than young, healthy adults. The opening sentence of the paper sums up the current state of the science: “The optimum protein intake for adult health remains controversial.” How could that be?  The authors explain thatContinue reading “Food & Fitness After 50: Is There an Optimal Protein Intake for Older Adults?”

Food & Fitness After 50: Finding the Silver Lining for Active Older Adults During the Pandemic

Food & Fitness After 50 is built on the pillars of eating well, moving well, and being well. So, when Tivity Health, the parent company of of SilverSneakers™, invited me to be a member of their scientific advisory board, I enthusiastically agreed. SilverSneakers embraces the same principles that I hold and while most people think of itContinue reading “Food & Fitness After 50: Finding the Silver Lining for Active Older Adults During the Pandemic”

Food & Fitness After 50: Good Bones

A recent article in the Washington Post caught my attention because it related to an issue that older adults frequently ask about….how to protect their bones as they age. According to the study published in JAMA vitamin D supplements showed no effect on reducing hip fractures where as vitamin D plus calcium had about a 16% reductionContinue reading “Food & Fitness After 50: Good Bones”

Food & Fitness After 50: Unlocking the MIND Diet

While there is no one best diet for those over the age of 50, in Food & Fitness After 50, we highlight four healthy eating plans that can work for just about everyone. And, it happens that these are the top four plans identified as the “Best Diets” by U.S. News & World Report in their 2019Continue reading “Food & Fitness After 50: Unlocking the MIND Diet”

Food & Fitness After 50: The Power of Having a Plan A and Plan B for a Healthy Life

As a 10-year-old, Samantha loved animals. She had 5 cats and her favorite Walt Disney movies were the ones featuring animals, not princesses. And, she faithfully watched the television show, Wild Kingdom. Her love of animals made her question what she was eating, and she told her mother she was going to be a vegetarian.Continue reading “Food & Fitness After 50: The Power of Having a Plan A and Plan B for a Healthy Life”

Food & Fitness After 50: Does your food support your fitness?

This post is a summary of a nutrition session I conducted for the Bell Family YMCA in Hartwell, GA on November 14 & 28, 2017. Are you doing all you can to achieve your fitness goals with the foods you choose? Before you can answer that question, it is important to step back and askContinue reading “Food & Fitness After 50: Does your food support your fitness?”