healthy eating for healthy aging

Healthy Aging

‘Tis the season for citrus

‘Tis the season for citrus

In the Northern Hemisphere, winter and citrus fruits go hand in hand. I know, you can buy oranges all year long, but they’re so much better in season. It’s a happy coincidence because citrus fruit is a stellar source of vitamin C, critical for immune 

My 5 New Year Health Resolutions

My 5 New Year Health Resolutions

Starting a diet is a January ritual and I’m here to tell you to do something different: Don’t “go on a diet”. Just make healthful choices. Permanently, most of the time. This is what I do. Permanently. Most of the time. It works. The term 

Yes, choline is a nutrient

Yes, choline is a nutrient

Last month I attended an online conference. One of the speakers promoted meatless burgers. One reason: unlike beef burgers, meatless burgers contain little choline. Why is this important? Some gut microbes can metabolize choline into a chemical linked to increased risk for heart disease. I 

Immunity, aging and nutrition

Immunity, aging and nutrition

Immunity has been a hot topic for almost 2 years, for obvious reasons. Strangely, the link between immune function and nutrition is not front-and-center. It should be. Without nutrients, you don’t have a functioning immune system. To make matters worse, immune function deteriorates as we 

Did lactose intolerance creep up on you?

Did lactose intolerance creep up on you?

It crept up on me. Several years ago I finally had to admit that dairy foods were causing digestive upset. Milk on cereal was suspect. So was yogurt. The final straw was butterscotch pudding. I have a killer recipe for homemade butterscotch pudding from a 

Prioritize a long health span

Prioritize a long health span

With a long health span, you too can fly into space in your 80’s The typical 82-year-old doesn’t rocket into space if he or she is in poor health. I’m going to hazard a guess that 82 year-old Wally Funk is a woman who values 

Eggs are on my protein radar screen

Eggs are on my protein radar screen

“I should eat more eggs.” I remind myself of this quite often. Why? Quality protein, convenience, cost, versatility and taste. What more reasons does a person need? Yet we’ve been taught to fear and shun eggs for decades, and some people still stick to those antiquated 

Don’t overlook these probiotic foods

Don’t overlook these probiotic foods

What do you associate with the term “fermented food”? yogurt yogurt yogurt How about “probiotic food”? What food do you think of? yogurt yogurt yogurt If you picked “yogurt” for any of your answers, you wouldn’t be wrong. We’re so focused on yogurt we forget