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”

Can superfoods lead to healthy aging? Learn what dietitians think of superfoods.

I was thrilled when a writer from AARP reached out to me for an interview. The topic was right in my wheelhouse…healthful eating for those over 50. When we spoke by phone, my enthusiasm dipped as she explained that her editor wanted the column to be about “superfoods.”  I’m not a fan of the termContinue reading “Can superfoods lead to healthy aging? Learn what dietitians think of superfoods.”

Surprising insights on how your brain makes it hard to manage weight loss.

(I attended a virtual, sponsored session, A Journey from Conversation to Care: Shaping Communication on Obesity, sponsored by Novo Nordisk. I was not asked to write or compensated to write this post.) I bet we all know someone who has been on the roller coaster of weight loss: Step 1: Pick a diet from theContinue reading “Surprising insights on how your brain makes it hard to manage weight loss.”

Want a Quick, Easy, Nutritious Meal? Try Eating Cereal at Any Age

(Disclosure: General Mills sponsored a virtual education session that I attended; I was not asked to or compensated to write this post.) Cereal and milk is my “go to” breakfast. When I was a kid, Cheerios was a staple food in my household of seven kids and not just for breakfast but also for aContinue reading “Want a Quick, Easy, Nutritious Meal? Try Eating Cereal at Any Age”

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”