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Physical Health for AgeEsteem: Eat healthy foods

April 28th, 2020 No comments

During this Covid-19 time capsule it is essential to keep your body nourished with a variety of healthy foods. Include fruits, vegetables, protein, and starches and arrange them attractively on your plate. You may want to eat less because you may be less active, however you want to enjoy what you eat so make it attractive and make it tasty.

This is an excellent time to experiment with what you find in the cupboard since shopping is restricted. Even in food shops where we normally find everything we need and more, there are some empty shelves. Why not try this? Put the names of a few foods you have on hand and see what you find as a recipe on the internet. I just put in tuna, baked beans and corn never thinking the three go together. This recipe uses all three. – And it must be healthy because it is published by the World Cancer Research Fund.

Your age-esteem will motivate you to do all of the above, because you know that good physical health is important to age well.

Bonnie Fatio

Why Are You Waiting?

May 10th, 2016 Comments off

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Why Are You Waiting?

“If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?” – Stephen Levine

Wine For Healthy Aging

March 1st, 2016 Comments off

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Wine For Healthy Aging

Although I would not encourage non-drinkers to drink, those of you who do drink alcohol will be interested in these health reasons for sipping some wine daily.

More and more studies show that a glass or two of wine per day is good for you as you age. It benefits your cardio-vascular health.  It was thought that it is red wine that protects the heart because of a substance in the red skin of the grapes, but it is now proven that red or white wine is beneficial.

Every wine has an element that is good for some ailment. This depends on the region where the grapes grow and the minerals in that particular soil.

Wine has a relaxing effect as well and can add just the right touch to a meal.  After all it was the monk Dom Pérignon who created the epitome of wine, champagne!

However, too much alcohol can lead to high blood pressure so wine consumption should be moderate.  Limit yourself to one or two glasses a day for health as you age.

Grandma Nature

Dill For Healthy Aging

February 13th, 2016 Comments off

Dill

Dill For Healthy Aging

When the word dill is mentioned, you might think of pickles.  Yet it is a delightful fresh herb which can benefit your health.

As an aid to digestion, dill is thought to have muscle-relaxing effects on the stomach and to relieve cramps.  A strong diuretic, it provides anti-bacterial compounds as well which can alleviate bladder infections.

Grandma Nature

Honey For Healthy Aging

February 9th, 2016 Comments off

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Honey For Healthy Aging

Honey is rich in antioxidants particular to aiding skin conditions.  It is known to relieve or cure ailments such as psoriasis, eczema and even wounds.  When applied to your skin it enriches it and makes you skin smooth.

Use honey as a healthy replacement for refined sugar. It is healthier for you, too. Use honey in sauces, drinks, and simply as topping on your toast.

Grandma Nature

Chestnuts For Healthy Aging

February 2nd, 2016 Comments off

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Chestnuts For Healthy Aging

Chestnuts are the only nuts that are low in fat, although the fat contained in other nuts is the “good fat”. Thus they are low in calories, containing about one-fourth fewer calories than walnuts and hazelnuts.

Chestnuts contain monounsaturated fatty acids, which are good for the heart. So next the time you enjoy some roasted chestnuts, you can do so with not second thoughts. You are helping your heart stay healthy.

In Europe you can find roasted chestnuts for sale on street corners. They help to keep your hands warm and your heart healthy. Or, roast your own chestnuts at home.

Grandma Nature

Pumpkins And Squash For Healthy Aging

October 22nd, 2015 Comments off

Pumpkins & squash

Pumpkins And Squash For Healthy Aging

Pumpkins and squash come in various deep orange and yellow colors, and these colors are the secret to their very nutritional value.

Rich in vitamins B and C, pumpkins and squash also contain manganese, which is an antioxidant mineral rich in beta-carotene.  Beta-carotene is the ultimate component of nutrition, and the deeper the color, the more beta-carotene the vegetable contains.  It is important to eye health and also an aid to fighting cancer.  As it regulates insulin in the body, it is helpful for diabetes as well.

The omega-3 fatty acids contained in these vegetables provide anti-inflammatory effects adding to their other virtues.

This autumn take advantage of a wide selection of pumpkins and squash to adorn your dinner plate as well as to decorate the table.

Grandma Nature

Bananas For Healthy Aging

October 1st, 2015 Comments off

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Bananas For Healthy Aging

Did you know that there are over 1,000 different varieties of bananas worldwide?  It seems that there are about as many health benefits as well!

Bananas are a powerhouse of vitamins when completely yellow.  As brown spots begin to appear they have more sugar and become sweeter.

Vitamins C and B6 are part of its components as well as the minerals potassium and magnesium.  Potassium is good for the function of the nervous and muscular systems and regulates arterial pressure. B6 is important for the regulation of the nervous and immune systems. Bananas help to regulate the gastro-intestinal system in order to aid digestion.

Why not have a banana for your daytime snack? It is both filling and nutritious and benefits healthy aging and therefor age esteem.

 Grandma Nature

Eggplant For Healthy Aging

August 14th, 2015 Comments off

Eggplants

Eggplant For Healthy Aging

Aubergine (eggplant) is a vegetable with many benefits.  High in fiber but low in calories and fat, it contains an antioxidant which is beneficial for the brain. Vitamins B 1 and B6 as well as potassium, manganese, magnesium and copper are components as well.

Eggplant is an anti-cancer, anti-cholesterol vegetable due to substances which fight free radicals in the body.  However, when eaten in great amounts, it can increase joint pains in the body when arthritis is present, or influence gall bladder problems and activate stones due to the high level of oxalates.

On the whole eggplant is a very nutritious and valuable health-promoting food.

An easy way to prepare eggplant and to give them a taste of Provence is to cook slices on the barbeque. Simply slice the eggplant lengthwise into slices. Place them on the barbeque for about five minutes, turning them over once. Put them on a platter and dribble a bit of olive oil over them. It is a tasty way to enjoy healthy eggplant for healthy ageing.

Grandma Nature

Calcium For Healthy Aging

August 6th, 2015 Comments off

Calcium

Calcium For Healthy Aging

We all know about calcium, how good and necessary it is for strong bones and teeth. We all probably know as well in what foods high quantities of calcium are found such as milk, cheese and yogurt among others.

Latest studies show that calcium is also helpful in maintaining the arteries and a healthy heart. It is the only natural nutrient which plays this double role. In fact, it is known to lower blood pressure. This wonder mineral also aids in weight loss, eliminating bad fat.

However, most recent research in various countries and through many tests show that in order for calcium to be assimilated in the body and deposited where it should be, in the bones and the blood, and perform its miracles, vitamin K2 is needed. Where is vitamin K2 found?

For many years the Japanese have known the benefits of menaquinones which is found in vitamin K2. The highest amount is in a food called natto (fermented soja) which they eat in abundance. In other parts of the world where this food is not consumed one can get vitamin K2 in the following foods: dark green vegetables, meat, eggs and high fat dairy products.

A balanced diet, by eating a variety of food, will supply enough vitamin K2 so that one will feel healthy and strong because of the assimilation of calcium in the body.

Grandma Nature