Super Foods for Seniors
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Hello Friends and Happy Tuesday
I have a wonderful aunt who for the past 20 years has always sent me a box of Chocolate Covered Cherries for Christmas. She also likes to include a little something extra for me and the boys like a hat, scarf, gloves or toiletries. This year, in addition to the candy and a sweatshirt for the boys, she included the book “Super Foods for Seniors“. At first I took offense, am I really a senior, hey, I’m only 52, but in actuality, I AM a senior, maybe not a Senior Citizen but I am past the mid-way point of my life. I know there are things I can no longer do, wear or even eat, so I’ll accept being a senior and try to stay as healthy as I can for as long as I can.
After I got over the title I opened the book and boy was I pleasantly surprised, there are chapters that cover almost every health issue or concern and then it lists the best foods to eat. There are chapters on Blues Busters, Tension Erasers, Body Slimming Secrets, Heart Smarts, Sugar Control, Bowel Basics and Female Focus, this book covers it all and is a great reference tool.
In the first chapter “Blues Busters” these are the foods that help with depression, and my grandmother always believed that most of these foods kept you healthy.
- Pinto Beans
- Liver (yuck)
- Sweet Peppers
- Whole Grain Bread
- Cottage Cheese
- Cajun Rice
These “Blues Buster” foods will not cure severe depression as that’s a chemical imbalance in the brain, but not eating right can cause mild depression. The foods listed contain brain boosting vitamins and nutrients that can help chase the blues away.
Unfortunately, women experience depression far more often than men because of our hormonal changes due to menstruation, pregnancy and menopause. Seniors, (that’s me), are especially at a high risk for depression so this weekend I think I’ll make some Gumbo because I’ll be mildly depressed as we celebrate our youngest son’s 18th birthday – where is the world did the time go!
If the Gumbo doesn’t lift my spirits, perhaps a few of these Chocolate Covered Cherries will do the trick!
What are your “feel good foods”