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.”

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: Should We Walk and Chew Gum at the Same Time?

This week, Dr. Bob Murray asks the question, “should we walk and chew gum at the same time?” It may sound humorous, but he presents some research that may have you grabbing for some gum at the grocery store checkout line! Thanks for your insights, Dr. Bob! From the often-quirky world of science comes aContinue reading “Food & Fitness After 50: Should We Walk and Chew Gum at the Same Time?”

Food & Fitness After 50: Assessing Your Weight

Managing your weight after 50 brings some challenges, but not obstacles that can’t be overcome. It’s true that as we age there are changes to our body composition, including: Increase in abdominal fat (the dreaded “belly fat”) Increase in  fat deposits in muscles, heart, and liver Increase in body weight until about age 70 RedistributionContinue reading “Food & Fitness After 50: Assessing Your Weight”

Food & Fitness After 50: No Challenge, No Change

I first met Sally when she was 62 years old and teaching aerobics classes. She described herself as a “retired, healthy woman who lived her profession.” For 30 years she was a high school health and physical education instructor who loved being active. One thing she always used to say that has stuck with meContinue reading “Food & Fitness After 50: No Challenge, No Change”

Food & Fitness After 50: Good Health = A Lifetime of Activity + Good Nutrition + Thankfulness

“You’re the captain of the ship, not a passenger!” Do you weigh the same as when you were 20? I’m guessing that few people in their late-60s can say they do, but Phil can. He attributes his long running career to the fact that he doesn’t carry excess weight, which puts extra pressure on kneesContinue reading “Food & Fitness After 50: Good Health = A Lifetime of Activity + Good Nutrition + Thankfulness”

Food & Fitness After 50: It’s True! Good Things Come in Small Packages

“You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” George Burns, Comedian For 38 years, Bo worked in IT for IBM and then “retired” and worked for 3 years in the “best job I ever had.” That job was for the local Chamber of Commerce where “everyday was different, unpredictable, and fun.”Continue reading “Food & Fitness After 50: It’s True! Good Things Come in Small Packages”

Food & Fitness After 50: Busting Myths on Fibers

I put the “s” on the end of fiber for a reason. While you have probably heard for the need to increase fiber intake, Dr. Julie Miller Jones, a professor and researcher from St. Paul, Minnesota, says, “We should talk about fibers, like we talk about vitamins, because they do different things for our health.”Continue reading “Food & Fitness After 50: Busting Myths on Fibers”

Food & Fitness After 50: Running Away from Diabetes

“What are you taking for your diabetes?” was the question Bill was asked when he had a physical exam for his employer’s insurance. He almost fell out of his chair and replied that he didn’t have diabetes, but the blood test showed otherwise. After a momentary “freak out,” his doctor said he could try changingContinue reading “Food & Fitness After 50: Running Away from Diabetes”

Food & Fitness After 50: The Value of Life-Long Learning

We often hear about the value of life-long learning, but how many of us are stuck in our daily grinds and tell ourselves that someday we’ll get around to reading that book or taking an online class to improve a skill that has eluded us? Well, not Elizabeth, who at age 89, is still learning.Continue reading “Food & Fitness After 50: The Value of Life-Long Learning”