My husband is celebrating his birthday and as I am two years older than he for most of the year he shares our annual joke “no matter how old I get…I will always be younger than you”. I don’t mind it anymore. When I was younger, and particularly around the sensitive years that end in a “zero” or “five”, I would be angry or scared of growing older, but I am not anymore. Today I take it on as a challenge. I am paying attention to the new science that has come out about aging in our time and I believe in the spirituality that is associated with living. In this article I would like to point out some of the news items that were of interest to me and pass them along in hope that you also find them of use in some of the changes you might want to make as we head into 2012.
Foods you can use…
“Eat the rainbow” is a slogan many use when talking about the types of fruits and vegetables we should include in our daily food choices. We mean, of course, that the more color in a fruit or vegetable the more micronutrients it contains and since science still doesn’t know exactly which nutrients are the essential ones it is a safer bet to eat by color. An example of the hip vegetable lately is Swiss chard because of its large dark green leaves rather than iceberg lettuce or even romaine. Pomegranates for the past few years has become a trendy fruit, if fruits participated in fashion, but for those of us just interested in health my standby favorites of strawberries and blueberries still work for me. Interestingly, the “eat for color model” also works for fish. The higher the color content of fish such as salmon vs. tilapia is true when you look at omega 3 fatty acids content. Two servings per week of salmon is still a great way to get omega 3 fatty acids in your diet. To find more information about micronutrients and omega 3 fatty acids visit www.myplate.gov or www.mayoclinic.com/health/fish-oil/NS_patient-fishoil. Another great article for foods to eat in 2012 such as pumpkin, nuts and legumes look up www.yourlife.usatoday.com/fitness-food/nutritionnation/post/2011/12/Healthy-Foods-Resolutions-in-2012/592384/1.
To vegetarian or not to vegetarian that is the question?
I have read many scientific books and articles that promote a vegetarian diet and though I am happy to incorporate more vegetarian days in my diet, as well as instruct those who want to follow a complete vegetarian or vegan diet, I, personally, do not have a strong ideology toward vegetarianism. If you are also thinking about this question I refer two books for you to read and consider. First, is a book written by Michael Pollan called “The Omnivore’s Dilemma “, it discusses how meals are created from farm to table under various circumstances which you can view at www.michaelpollan.com/books/the-omnivores-dilemma/. The second book, that made me think carefully about moving toward a plant based diet, is called “The China Study” by Dr. T. Colin Campbell at www.chinastudy.com. This book is based on research conducted in China by Dr. Campbell and compares the plant based eating lifestyle of rural communities in China to a western diet. Both books are definitely worth reading if you are seriously considering a major philosophical change in thinking about your approach to food and your health. However, no book has all the answers. Research in the field of nutritional biochemistry and in medicine produce new data which challenge old theories over time.
Good luck and happy reading in 2012!