This week Shawna of Female Fat Loss Over Forty. I love this anti-aging site because it explains why diet and exercise routines that kept us trim and fit in our twenties no longer work and offers great tips that deliver after forty. And to keep it real, Shawna shares inspiring stories of her clients.
Breakthrough Study on Sunscreens and Anti- Aging
Just in time for beach season an important article published in Annals of Internal Medicine has good news and bad news about how we protect our skin from the sun. Past research has shown that sunscreens can protect individual skin cells, but this landmark study from Australia showed that IRL situations a broad spectrum sunscreen can slow skin aging. A total of 1000 adults were divided into study groups that were … Continue Reading… →
The yellow and rust colors of fall have made me hungry for the sweet, fleshy meat of winter squash. Butternut, crook neck, turban and acorn are shaped differently but offer very similar nutritional payloads. The deep orange color is packed, I mean packed with vitamin A and beta-carotene. One half cup of cooked squash can have 100-200% of the RDA for this essential vitamin as well as 25% of the RDA of vitamin C. Fat free and salt free, one half cup has 120 calories and 12 grams of carbs. By comparison, the same amount of a white potato has about 60 calories and the same amount of carbs.
Given the slightly stringy/gritty texture of winter squash I expected squash to be a good source of fiber. I was wrong. In fact … Continue Reading… →
There is something elegant about green beans. Sweet and dainty they seem to the perfect companion to a crisp roast chicken or juicy pink steak. Green beans are used in a wide range of cuisines including french, chinese, italian, english and indian– and I like all of them. Restaurants and banquets love green beans because they can be cooked in advance without going limp and grey.
I was psyched to learn that for such a tastie veggie, green beans had a very respectable anti-aging profile. One cup clocks in at just 31 calories . While they are not high in fiber, the folacin and skin friendly vitamin C levels are impressive. Add about 20% the RDA for vitamin A and a daily serving of green beans adds genuine anti-aging nutrition … Continue Reading… →
Searching for multi-tasking foods that deliver both health and beauty, you don’t have to look further than broccoli. It has been growing wild in the Mediterrean for centuries and plays a big role in the healthy lifestyles of Greece and Italy. A scant cup of raw chopped broccoli provides almost 40% of the RDA of vitamin A, and 155% of vitamin C — and all at a mere 28 calories. That’s impressive. But wait there is more. Broccoli is a member of the Brassica family that includes cabbage and brussel sprouts. All of these veggies contain indoles, compounds that protect against certain types of cancers.
Broccoli is available and affordable all year round. Raw broccoli carries the full payload of nutrients. Steaming or microwaving preserves most of them. If you boil broccoli … Continue Reading… →
The NHANES study found that women who had diets high in vitamin C had fewer lines and wrinkles. Good to know, but what does that mean in terms of real food? I started to look into vitamin C rich foods, and discovered that tomatoes offered a great nutritional package. In the US, over half of our daily vitamin C intake is from tomatoes. In addition to being essential for the formation of wrinkle- busting collagen, vitamin C is also a uber anti-oxidant that protects against aging free radicals. And the benefits don’t stop there. From the tiny cherry tomatoes to the giant beefsteak, tomatoes are packed with potassium, beta carotene and disease protecting lutein and lycopene. Even the skin of a tomato is super rich in quercetin, a much studied anti-aging anti-oxidant. And what’s really awsome, every … Continue Reading… →