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Healthy Eating - Special Foods for the Fiftysomething Crowd

When making those New Years Resolutions to be more healthy in 2013, consider incorporating these specific foods into your regular diet.

Baby boomers are privy to all sorts of nutritional supplements, diet and exercise plans, modern technology and aesthetic advances designed to make us look well, feel well and age gracefully. Some of these advances are pretty darned hard to maintain, some are just freakishly expensive, and some are just wishful thinking. But Maureen Callahan with nextavenue.org says that there is new research which shows that there are particular foods which specifically help men age well - and a whole different set of foods that are specifically helpful to women. 

I know. I know. In our busy lives, it's hard to maintain the short-order cook status of keeping everybody's "special foods" in order at the dinner table. None of the foods listed are harmful to the other sex - or your children - but incorporating these lists of 5 foods from the Fiftysomething Diet as part of your regular diet will certainly have beneficial effects on your general health.

5 Foods for Men:

Certain foods and nutrients give men a distinct advantage in warding off chronic diseases, like prostate cancer, high blood pressure, stroke and cardiovascular disease.

  • Tomatoes
  • Flaxseed
  • Whole grain cereals
  • Bananas and oranges
  • Chocolate (yes ... chocolate)

5 Foods for Women: 

Nutrient needs change for everyone after the age of 50, but the disease-fighting compounds and nutrients found in these foods specifically provide a health edge for women in the prevention memory loss, hip fractures, and breast and stomach cancers.

  • Strawberries and Blueberries
  • Dark, Leafy Greens
  • Green Tea
  • Walnuts
  • Red Wine/Alcohol (What? No chocolate?)

Check out the website to read more about the Fiftysomething Diet.

Tammy Osier December 30, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Well, then, this Maureen person is an imposter! Must be a man with a pseudo-name. How could a woman post such lies! lolol Men are less likely to indulge in dark chocolate than us, so I don't even see how it made the list (they'd be so much calmer, wouldn't they?) Dark chocolate is an anti-oxidant, so of course it's good for us. Problem is, we women tend to mix it with white sugar which has been known to be responsible for wrinkles...lol
Gail Lane December 30, 2012 at 05:11 PM
Ah! But then we have the wine thing going for us - and based on this, I'm thinking chocolate covered strawberries with a nice Cab might JUST be the perfect meal!
Tammy Osier December 30, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Yeah, I should look into wine outside of cooking with it. I've never been much of a wine drinker, and not a drinker per se (once or twice a year when I have a really bad headache). But maybe this year, instead of Mike's Hard Lemonade, I could sip a wine or two. lol
David Binder December 31, 2012 at 12:15 PM
Well personally I'm adding collard greens (yes cooked with pork) & black eye peas to my "Men's List". LOL, at least to ring in the new year. Since July of this year I've decided to change my eating habits. For me, it's all about portion control. I've cut back on the azmount of food I eat at each meal. I've never been one for between meal snacks so that's not a problem. But eating less when I sit down has helped me lose 25 lbs since July od this year. Eating fresher & less processed has helped too. BUT, there are some things I refuse to give up. Sugar in my coffee, real butter when I cook, and 1-2 Cokes/day. My Dr says I'm going good. My blood pressure is well under control & my cholesterol is lower than it's ever been. So, my solution is all things in moderation.
Felipe January 03, 2013 at 11:49 AM
Well, I almost 50, 48 actually, and my new way of life is true Mediterranean Diet. The food consists mainly of fresh fruits and vegetables, with an emphasis on poultry and seafood, rice, cereals, legumes and noodles. Grilling is the predominant method of cooking, with olive oil, the grease or most common oil used in the preparation of salads, prickling brine, vegetables, poultry and seafood. Try this: http://goo.gl/2AZkH

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