This week the host of Fashion Flash is Staness of Menopause Makeover. I wish her site had been there during my menopause years. Its packed with truely helpful info in a upbeat positive voice. But you don’t have to be in full blown menopause to appreciate Menopause Makeover. The ideas and advice are equally valuable for perimenopause when things just don’t seem to be right and post menopause when things are just not the same.
I’m always looking for new ways to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables in my meals. I’ve been exploring new items like spelt and flaxseed, but I keep falling back to my usual habits– tuna on whole wheat and dry grilled chicken breasts. This summer I picked up a little paperback that has changed both my food … Continue Reading… →
This week Shawna of Female Fat Loss Over Forty is hosting Fashion Flash. If there ever is a time of year to think about fitness it is right now. Blue skies and warmer weather inspire me to go outisde and shed winter weight gain. If you haven’t yet tred out Shawna’s fit camp routines this is definately the moment. I know that swimsuit weather is right around the corner.
And along with a fitness program, spring makes me think about upping my nutrional profile. I’m always struggling to get in those 5-7 servings of vegetables and fruits a day. The farmer’s markets are brimming with piles of veggies and I found a new cookbook to turn these beauties into a meal. The Inspired Vegan by Bryant Terry is a vibrant celebration of life, family and good food. The first section provides cooking techniques and simple recipes … Continue Reading… →
March is National Nutrition Month and I have vowed to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Its the minimum that most dietary guidelines recommend and I can certainly see why. Fruits and veggies are the source for anti-oxidants vitamin A, vitamin C, and then there is their all important fiber content. I was then stunned to read new study which found that vegetarians had more wrinkles than peple who ate everything. ???
How could that be? The NHANES study showed that higher vitamin C levels and lower fat intake was associated with firmer, younger looking skin. Vegetarians usually eat lots of nuts which are rich in linoleic acid and linoleic acid was also a key factor in fewer wrinkles. Drilling deeper into the topic, … Continue Reading… →
Reading about all the pesticides and herbacides in fruits and vegetables, I finally scared myself. I decided to start buying organic versions of the produce that has the highest chemicals levels when grown in commercial farms. This week I started with a beautiful head of organic lettuce that came with impressive credentials. Grown hydroponically, it stated in no less than three languages that had been grown without pesticides.
It was a real beauty, like a giant green rose. First I made a simple salad with a light vinegrette. As soon as I tossed the salad, the leaves collapsed into a pale green sludge. The next day I put a leaf on a tuna salad sandwich, and the lettuce tasted thin and bitter. After two bites, I pried open the … Continue Reading… →
I have to confess that I felt pretty smug about following the NHANES anti-aging data and started to meet the recommended 5-7 daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Given that the study linked high levels of vitamin C to fewer wrinkles I was convinced I was on the right track. My sense of accomplishment was rattled when I read that vegetarians can have higher levels of pesticides in their body because they eat more produce. Not what I wanted to hear. The article suggested that vegans and vegetarians eat organic foods, grown without pesticides to get the health benefits of increased intake of fruits and veggies without risk of additional chemicals.
Sounds reasonable but organic foods are significantly more expensive than traditionaly grown fruits and vegetables. In my local market … Continue Reading… →
The NHANES diet study/health study is the gift that keeps on giving. This large, long term study found that, in addition to the link between aging skin and vitamin C and linoleic acid, women with low protein intake had an increase in aging and wrinkled skin.
The RDA for protein for adults is about 50grams a day– an amount easily met with a large broiled chicken breast. Inadequate protein levels are pretty rare in the US and Europe and at first it was hard to see how this low protein issues applied to me ( Given that I practically live on broiled chicken breasts). But then I spent the weekend with a vegan friend and by Sunday night I realized that these types of restrictive diets can be very low in protein. Here’s what Trudy ate:
Breakfast: Cream of wheat cereal, 1 glass orange juice