Friday, January 15, 2010


One of Our Neighbors

A column in the January/Februay 2010 Issue of Discover Magazine states that a new study suggests the secret to a long life is watching what you eat. Science Magazine recently published findings from a study saying longevity depends on a "healthy" diet and thirty minutes of exercise a day.  And, fish oil is being touted as a real life extender.
Doesn't anyone remember our mothers telling us to "eat our vegetables, drink lots of milk, go play outside and walk to school?" Then there was Popeye the Sailor Man always eating spinach to make him super strong and defeat all enemies. Weren't we plied with cod liver oil and told that smoking would "stunt our growth?"  Cod is a fish--hello--just like the fish oil which is being touted as an almost perfect supplement.  My mom made tons of oatmeal way before it became a designer food and peanut butter was our main staple.  Then, she kicked us out of the house for an entire afternoon, so she could mop the floors.  Many of my school chums and I never rode a bus to school--ever
Now that science has told us how we should be treating our bodies, I guess more people have faith in what they say, instead of what our grandmothers told us.  Regardless, if we adhere to these rules, will we eventually become the oldest people in the nursing homes woofing down red Jell-O?  Not that there is anything wrong with Jell-O.  It's just that when we enter any supermarket, we are presented with thousands of other choices that are alot tastier but unfortunately not very good for us.  Do you realize that we are not supposed to eat most of the stuff sold in stores?  

All this scares me because I don't want to be the last remaining nursing home resident in my age group.  Actually, I don't plan on every ending up in a nursing home.  So, now I am searching out the most delicious health food products ever.  I will start with a recipe I found on for Nickki's Healthy Cookie Recipe.  These are made with bananas, vanilla and coconut milk.  I will let you know if they are any good--next week.
In the meantime, what recipes do YOU have for food that is actually "good for us?"  Email me!

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So what's your healthy life plan?

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  1. we should all follow eating this way and I am looking foward to the cookies.

  2. I am not as concerned withlongevity as I am with being healthy while living. I've had to restrict my diet and while doing that I've had to learn the meaning of "occasionally" and "in moderation" to replace "never" . I'm off caffeine (sodas, coffee, tea, chocolate), gluten, lactose, and glucose rich products. Have become really alergic to shell fish and yeast runs havoc in me. What am I on? Fresh raw and steamed, EVOO, avocado, nuts (almond, walnut mostly). Occasional potatoes, vine vegetables, and brown rice. Fresh fruit. Meat and fish - in moderation (you ccan get tooo much fish, too). I enjoy a glass of wine or a beer occasionally. Exercise? Do I have to??? :))).

    Key lime pie. Ibake a gluten free crust. Mix 1 can condensed sweetened milk to 1/2 cup key limes from the tree (eat your heart out!!). Stir to thicken and adjust addition of milk and lime juice as needed. Pour into crust and let set. It really takes 2 cans almost and then when you have added 1/2 cup of juice, poor another 1/4 or more as the way to adjust thickness. Chill. Top with fat free whipped topping. Judi

  3. Good advice to remember during this time when sugar and sweets are all around us. Every day I swear off sweets, eat right, only to receive a gift of a box of chocolates or taffy (just yesterday) and it is so haaard to pass it up. Thanks for the reminder. I love the pic of your neighbor, how magnificent that horse is in his winter coat. Snow much??

  4. Mmm those cookies sound good grandma :)

  5. Good thoughts. Hm...not so sure coconut milk is a good alternative?

  6. everything in moderation, eat food that you know where it comes from and how it was treated. we are lucky enough to have a freezer full of abilene angus beef from a farm less than one mile from us. i know how he treats the animals, what they are eating etc.. the kicker is its about the same price as i pay at the market anyways. if you have the land and time, grow a garden, and learn to freeze or can all your hardwork. learn tips like crop rotation and the use of compost and natural manure to make your garden grow and to keep out pests. there will be no need for chemicals...
    exercise if you can 30 minutes 3 or more times a week.
    learn to cook. from scratch. this does not mean a package of onion soup mix and a roast nor a bag of precut, preseasoned frozen veggies that come in a sauce that you add to chicken. really learn to cook from scratch using simple, natural ingredients without preservatives. your body will thank you.
    tracy t

  7. That looks REALLY good! Now I only have a few more hours before dinner. Shawn


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