Do you eat what's appropriate for your age? I'm not pointing a finger because I'm guilty, too, but Dr. Shirley Kindrick, a dietician, says if we adults are still into the foods we loved as kids, like tator tots and macaroni and cheese, we're asking for trouble. Instead, she says an adult menu is what the body grows into needing.
"We're still thinking we can eat like we did at 21, and if we don't make a change, we're gonna find a lot of extra weight. The dark blue color tells us they're full of vital nutrients, have anti-oxidant properties and help us protect ourselves against cancers and heart disease," says Dr. Shirley Kindrick, dietitian.
Dr. Kindrick says a good diet is a good investment as an adult. That a good rule of thumb in the produce department is the darker the better, with kiwis for Vitamin C and broccoli for DNA damage control. Dark, leafy greens are rich in magnesium and Vitamin K which provide good medicine for your eyesight.
Dr. Kindrick adds your diet should be well-balanced with some whole-grain cereals for your colon. There's even evidence sardines can boost your brain power, and cherries are of some value as a pain reliever.
Overall, she says eating the right foods can save you a lot of money on medication by providing the vitamins and minerals you need without the side effects.