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?”

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”

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”