Can food really act to erase age? I say yes. I grew sprouts and made yogurt over 40 years ago. My kids never ate chocolate, but I kept a good supply of carob. It’s never too late to eat foods that help you look fantastic and stay younger than your years. Here are quick tips to eat the age-erasing way.
I have genetic high cholesterol and by eating The Mediterranean Diet, have kept it in check. My good cholesterol is off the charts. Also, I have no visible skin wrinkles.
Top it off with Nuts
Try to establish a habit of eating heart healthy nuts every day. Nuts are rich in vitamin E and provide energy without spiking blood sugar.
Almonds contain monounsaturated (good) fats that serve to reduce cholesterol. About twenty almonds each day will provide optimum benefits.
Walnuts are the #1 recommended nut on The Mediterranean Diet. They contain alpha-linolenic acid, which helps reduce stress levels. Like almonds, walnuts help reduce high cholesterol and lower blood pressure.
Several ways to top off your food with nuts are: sprinkle on cereal, stir into yogurt, mix with fruits.
Eat by Color
Antioxidants are chemicals in foods that give fruits and vegetables their darker color. Eating plenty of dark colored vegetables such as bright red tomatoes or lush green broccoli also keep age-lines from your face. Bonnie Taub-Dix, R.D. of the American Diabetic Society stated they also reverse age related cell damage.
When you eat by color, be sure to eat a variety of different colored foods, since in essence, each color performs a certain age-erasin g function. Antioxidants in berries help maintain motor and cognitive functioning. Those contained in Brussels sprouts contain compounds that help prevent certain kinds of cancer.
A daily salad and fruit desserts or a piece of fresh fruit is a quick way to add dark color foods to your daily sustenance.
Just 4-ounces of salmon has enough omega-3 fatty acids to help nerve functioning. If you can only make one change in the way you eat, include salmon once or twice weekly in your diet plan. Wild salmon is best because farmed fish can be high in omega-6 or unhealthy fats.
Salmon is also a top component of The Mediterranean Diet Plan.
As we age, our brain tissue contains less DHA (an omega-3 acid) and eating wild salmon will help erase this effect of aging.
A quick way to add salmon to your diet is by grilling it with olive oil and lemon juice. Then eat with your salad and veggies or top off your salad with salmon strips.
The Harvard School of Public Health reported that if women stay close to their 18-year old weight, they have a 66% lower risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and gallstones.
We all know eating less is easier recommended than carried out. Just try the best you can every single day to put less on your plate and eat a little slower so that your brain can tell your stomach “we’re full”.
Then don’t beat yourself up if you “slip” one day. Start over tomorrow.
Sip Red Wine or Concord Grape Juice
Red wine is chock full of flavonoids, which are powerful antioxidants originating from red grape skin. One glass of red wine or Concord grape juice every day reduces the risk of many life-threatening illnesses.
Quick Tips to Eat the Age-erasing Way
It takes a little pre-planning to eat the age-erasing way: colorful fruits and vegetables, healthy nuts, healthy fats, red wine or Concord grape juice and whole grains. It takes pushing away from the table to eat less.
By making a habit plan to eat this new way, you will be surprised how much easier it gets with time.
Are you excited to read other articles written by this author? Source: My research and experience with Mediterranean Diet