Eat Healthy for Today and Tomorrow.
Caregivers and the ones they care for are always healthier when they are regularly eating nutritionally healthy meals. Whether you are worried about your weight, managing diabetes, or just concerned about limiting the bad stuff in your diet, these healthy eating tips from the AARP are helpful.
When you’re hungry it’s easy to mindlessly grab a handful of chips or cookies or some other snack filled with fat and sugar. With a decently stocked pantry and refrigerator, and a couple of extra minutes, you can eat healthy and create easy, guilt-free snacks and mini-meals that are both satisfying and good for you.
Four decades ago, researchers from the Seven Countries Study concluded that the monounsaturated fats in olive oil were largely responsible for the low rates of heart disease and cancer on the Greek island of Crete. Now we know that olive oil also contains polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that may help prevent age-related diseases.
Thirty years ago, researchers began to study why the native Inuits of Alaska were remarkably free of heart disease. The reason, scientists now think, is the extraordinary amount of fish they consume. Fish is an abundant source of omega-3 fats, which help prevent cholesterol buildup in arteries and protect against abnormal heart rhythms.
Studies of Seventh-Day Adventists (a religious denomination that emphasizes healthy living and a vegetarian diet) show that those who eat nuts gain, on average, an extra two and a half years. Nuts are rich sources of unsaturated fats, so they offer benefits similar to those associated with olive oil. They’re also concentrated sources of vitamins, minerals and other phytochemicals, including antioxidants.
The Kuna people of the San Blas islands, off the coast of Panama, have a rate of heart disease that is nine times less than that of mainland Panamanians. The reason? The Kuna drink plenty of a beverage made with generous proportions of cocoa, which is unusually rich in flavanols that help preserve the healthy function of blood vessels. Maintaining youthful blood vessels lowers risk of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease and dementia. A great way to eat healthy.