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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 03:50 PM
I am 53, and this past year started drinking my "purple shake". I was having age related problems with my eyes, and after drinking it for about 6 months, went back and was told that the tissue behind my eyes was extremely healthy! I have to wonder if there is a correlation. I am in the process of getting my trainer's license, and while studying, changed my eating habits this past year. My daughter is a trainer and says to stay as close to the pyramid as possible (ratio-wise) and as close to natural as you can. For instance, peanut butter toast that you have to make as compared to a Pop Tart you open from a package. The Poptart is so full of sugar and refined white flour is isn't even funny. A good rule of thumb is to take the time to make something. You CAN make the time. I start my coffee, put all my ingredients in my blender, go wash my hair, and when I return to the kitchen, I drink it and have an egg, or later in the morning have a bowl of oatmeal. Mindful eating is the key. Olive oil instead of Crisco, stuff like that. I'll post my shake in the next section.
Tammy Osier December 30, 2012 at 03:57 PM
GREEN AND PURPLE BREAKFAST (and snack) SHAKES BASIC GREEN SHAKE 1 cup of kale (bag or fresh) ½- ¾ cup of spinach (bag or fresh) 1 cup of frozen fruit – I use the one called tropical fruit (mango, strawberries, pineapple) 2 BANANAS To make it a PURPLE SHAKE (it’s sweeter - I prefer this one) Same, but add up to 1 CUP of mixed berries (bag) – it has blueberries, raspberries, blackberries ADD FROM ½ CUP TO A CUP OF WATER AS YOU BLEND. The green goes on the bottom, then add frozen fruit and banana. Start with ½ cup of water. Blend. Stop. Push everything down, and then blend again until purple. · DON’T FORGET THE BANANAS – THEY KEEP THE CONSISTENCY SMOOTH It will look gross initially, but once you push the ingredients down, it will begin to turn purple.
Tammy Osier December 30, 2012 at 04:02 PM
You can modify the green part by adding cucumbers and celery for a different taste – I’ve even added extra fresh pineapple and coconut to make it really tropical. Try apples, peaches, pears or any natural fruit to taste. WHERE TO FIND INGREDIENTS: Greens are found in produce section of any grocery store. The green part provides your greens for the day - about a cup of kale and a 1/3 cup of spinach. I promise, when blended, will be SWEET and you will NOT taste the kale or spinach. Kale and spinach are high in crucial vitamins (A, C) and trace minerals you might not get in other foods; also high in needed antioxidants and fiber. These shakes are better for you because they have no fat and the only sugars are naturally occurring in the fruits involved. DO NOT use anything but either fresh or frozen-otherwise, anything from a can or prepared may add high fructose corn syrup – a NO NO. In addition to your shake, if having it for breakfast, you can add on the side a bowl of oatmeal and an egg for protein and fiber to start your metabolism the right way first thing in the morning. It's hard to cheat on a diet after having a breakfast like this. I make these shakes while waiting on my coffee to brew. It takes that little time. Put your blender in the fridge and have the rest as a snack when you get home. All in all – about 300 calories for the blender and makes 2-3 servings altogether!
Tammy Osier December 30, 2012 at 04:06 PM
I started this because the "salads" that I was eating for lunch really weren't providing much in the way of vitamins. Plus, I like Bleu cheese for dressing which defeats the whole purpose of a salad. With this shake, I've had my supply of green veggies and fruit from the get-go. Keeps me from messing up my diet at lunch. The rest of the day is spent looking for fiber and other things I need for daily health. I believe people err in their diets by looking at calories alone. It's WHAT calories, not just the number. That's why diets fail. Your body will adjust and crave what you put into it. I started drinking more water too. My body literally craves natrual fruit and water now, and my metabolism is revved up at the beginning of the day. Not sure yet how to stop craving those SB cafe mocha's though....lol
Gail Lane December 30, 2012 at 04:37 PM
Great ideas, Tammy. These foods are more designed for specific "graceful aging" issues over 50. And though chocolate isn't on the "women's" list, it doesn't really say it's bad for us, either, right?
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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