4 Tips for Finding Happiness: One Woman’s Story to Inspire Us

“How do you look so good?” wrote a friend on Gail’s Facebook page. She replied, “because I’m happy.” I knew then that I needed to interview this 82-year-old acquaintance to learn more about her and share her tips for happiness. I’ve known Gail through our mutual volunteer work, but I didn’t really know her. WeContinue reading “4 Tips for Finding Happiness: One Woman’s Story to Inspire Us”

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.”

Exercise is a positive coping skill: Learn how it helps as we age

No matter how well we eat or how many times we exercise, stuff happens as we age. Sometimes it’s an accident, sometimes it’s just bad luck, and sometimes it’s genetics. We know high blood cholesterol, high blood pressure, and smoking are the “big 3” risk factors for heart disease (and, about half of Americans haveContinue reading “Exercise is a positive coping skill: Learn how it helps as we age”

Want to live a long, healthy life? Add this powerful food to your plate.

“How to Live to Be 100.” That was the title of a course I taught when I was a professor at Georgia State University. Faculty were asked to develop 1-credit hour courses on topics that might interest young college students. Since I was interested in healthy aging, I wondered how I could get a youngContinue reading “Want to live a long, healthy life? Add this powerful food to your plate.”

Powerful food pairings to dial up nutrients you need for healthy aging

Do you have to give up meat to be healthy? Should you be a carnivore or a vegan? A better question might be why does it have to be one or the other? While some people choose to be vegan (foregoing all animal products), vegetarian (not eating meat but including milk, eggs, and cheese), orContinue reading “Powerful food pairings to dial up nutrients you need for healthy aging”

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”

How to Make the Dietary Guidelines Work for You

The release of the 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) was met by the media with a yawn. In my world the DGAs are a big deal because they represent a comprehensive review of the science on food and nutrition. And I’m not kidding when I say comprehensive; the Scientific Report is 835 pages! TheContinue reading “How to Make the Dietary Guidelines Work for You”

10 Proven Ways to Maintain a Positive Mindset

Guest post written by Dr. Bob Murray, co-author of Food & Fitness After 50 You’re trying to eat well and be active every day, but are you working on your mindset about aging? How we think about aging has a powerful impact on our lives. Older adults with a positive attitude and mindset about agingContinue reading “10 Proven Ways to Maintain a Positive Mindset”

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”