The other day (ok, I can’t lie, the other month) I was reading my Prevention magazine and came across this article about how to eat to live longer. I’ve been wanting to share it with you for some time now!
The article claims…
Though you can’t stop aging, you can eat anti-aging foods to age less. You can increase your vitality today, prevent or postpone the diseases of aging, and add healthy years to your time on earth.
I don’t know about you but the older I get the less I care what I look like in a bathing suit. I just want to be around to swim!
So Let’s take a look at the recommendations and see how they compare to our diets?
- Get most of your nutrition from food. CHECK! The article suggests supplementing calcium (1,000 to 1,500 mg), vitamin D (1,000 IU), and folic acid (800 micrograms) for longevity in addition to eating a healthy diet. That I need to get on, I’m lacking in the supplement department.
- Enjoy five or more daily servings of vegetables and fruits. CHECK! We know this now, right? Not only are they "filling foods" they help us live longer? Bring on the broccoli!
- Legumes for longevity. CHECK! I LOVE me some beans, I know there good for my heart and I don’t care that they make me f___. (Oh come one.. you know that one right?)
- Eat whole grains. CHECK! I’m a whole grain-o-holic. No problems there.
- Have a handful of nuts. CHECK! I bought a bag of nuts in shells for Thanksgiving and the toddler and I have been cracking a few of them every morning. The fact that they are in shells helps me watch my portion and the toddler thinks it’s cool when I use the nutcracker. I’m going to buy another bag and try to make it a morning tradition. :)
- Choose fat-free or low-fat dairy products. Hmmmm Kinda a CHECK. I do choose fat free, low fat milk and yogurt but cheese? I can’t go with the fat free stuff. It grosses me out. I do choose part skim mozzarella though, I guess that counts, huh? :)
How does your diet match up? And what do you think about eating for life instead of your waistline? With age comes clarity and I think it’s very clear that eating good food isn’t only good for my body shape it’s just better for my life.