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Food for Life:
Living Long and Healthy
by Terry Foody, R.N.

There are no guarantees that diet can prolong our lives, but it’s worth a try. History shows that we have been trying to elude death since Cleopatra. Ponce de Leon searched for the Fountain of Youth. Traveling vendors sold “snake oil” from the back of wagons with promises of vim and vigor. Mail-order catalogs advertised elixirs for “female ailments” that contained mostly alcohol or addictive potions.
 
What do we know at this point?  What does the research say about food for life? There are indications of a correlation between body weight and longevity/health. Weight control = total caloric intake versus amount of calories utilized. But we want to be careful to obtain needed nutrition, while maintaining a healthy weight.

The Key Recommendations of the revised Food Pyramid include: 5/day fruits and vegetable servings, whole grains, non or low fat dairy. Key words: Variety of colors in fruits & vegetables. Oils in fish & nuts.  Efficient proteins. Legumes. In light of scientific findings, I have grouped suggestions and ideas by age:

Healthy Adults -  Age 21 yrs -mid 40’s

Establish habits on your own.  Prepare for pregnancy/birth.
Folate (folic acid).  Whole grains for Infant neural system.
Calcium & vit D.  Low and non-fat dairy for dense bones/strong teeth in you and baby. 
All fruits and vegetables, including starchy. (dark green and orange)
Lean meats, fish, legumes (dry pod beans).
No smoke.  #1 cancer deaths for women/men is lung.  Danger of early stroke/heart attack.
Reduce saturated and trans fats in meats and baked/packaged snacks.
Real drink at meals. Milk, soy, juice (green tea).
Watch trendy sweets/coffees.
 Avoid a distorted body image.  Don’t reduce nutrients for the scale.
Stay active.  Keep playing for fun or competition.  Be cautious with “gym pills”. 
Drop: “Good food/bad food” or “I’m being good/bad” talk now!

Your young children:

What’s in their bottle?  Formula or milk, not kool-aid, pop or solids.  
If they’re eating off your plate (or you off theirs), make sure it’s age-appropriate. 
Why are there “kids’ menus/cereals”?  Give them nutrients, not high sugar/fat foods.
Make and stick to rules – you’re the parent.
Don’t bribe with food.
Give them real food for their budding lives.

Healthy Adults– Mid- 40’s +

Menopause, changing family dynamics and body abilities bring challenges at this age.  Disease concerns include coronary/artery disease, diabetes, cancers, immune disorders.

Ask your doctor if you should take daily aspirin/ multivitamin.  Keep up with dental care.
Supplements – Food first. Try to get nutrients from meals.  Benefits of mastication.
Calcium + vitamin D maintain bone integrity and provide immune defense.
(Eye candy) carotene found in yellow/orange vegetables help with macular degeneration.
Fish oils.  Omega 3.  Try to eat fish (not deep fried) at least once a week
Regular meal times keep the blood sugar even to give balance and prevent falls.
Fiber-dense vegetables may ward off some digestive cancers
Developing lean muscle mass versus fat may prevent diabetes
If you have high blood pressure, check out the DASH eating plan for pressure reduction.
Have a flexible body image with age –strong matriarch/patriarch, wise woman/man.

Your grandchildren:

Guide and teach them healthy habits by the example at your table, on your plate.
Feed them what they need, resist over-indulging with treats to show love.
Don’t compete with your Daughter, Daughter-in-law or the other Grandmother with food.

Food(y) for thought:
Function over Form: Put as much thought, time & effort into what goes inside your sbody as you do to fix up the outside.
Look cautiously at diets that ban certain recommended food groups.  Be wary of web sites/eating plans that seem political or too commercial.  Ask yourself: “What is the source of the research (if any)?  Is this solid science or just marketing?”
This is your life! Listen to your gut and feed it!

Sources: www.myplate.gov.   www.cdc.gov