Within weeks of incorporating the nutrient-rich and research-based recipes provided in The Age GRACEfully Cookbook: The Power of FOODTRIENTS to Promote Health and Well-being for a Joyful and Sustainable Life—along with exercise
and leading a generally healthy lifestyle—you may expect increased wellness, more energy, greater concentration, better digestion, healthier skin, improved resistance to toxins, and other benefits of age-defying strategies. Various longevity studies suggest that by consuming the ingredients suggested in FoodTrients, exercising, and managing our weight, we may add as many as 10 to 20 years to our lifespan.
By Grace O
We all want to be healthy and look and feel young. Today, scientists have identified many strategies for healthful living that help prevent disease and slow the aging process, including what we eat and how we prepare our foods.
For example, antioxidants in fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of cancer by fighting damage to our cells and chromosomes caused by free oxygen radicals. Polyunsaturated fats, such as Omega-3 fatty acids, can protect our heart by lowering cholesterol and triglycerides levels in the blood. Certain foods, such as ginger and mustard, can keep our arteries healthy and our skin from swelling by reducing inflammation. Vitamin E can help us look our youngest by strengthening our hair and skin. But many of us don’t know how to make sure that our diets give us the health benefits we want and need.
Growing up in a family of chefs and restaurateurs in the Philippines, I learned from an early age how to make healthy, savory meals with natural ingredients. I was encouraged to experiment in the kitchen and taught with my mother in her culinary arts school. Later, when I opened my own restaurants, the country’s rich natural resources—endless sources of vegetables and fruits, fish and shells—provided opportunities both to innovate and adapt classic dishes. When I moved to the United States in 1989, I began work in the healthcare field, eventually owning and operating skilled nursing facilities. My work with aging populations has brought a new element to my passion for healthful cooking and I’ve spent the last twenty years investigating natural ingredients that help me feel my best.
Combining what I’ve learned with up-to-date scientific research, I’ve created recipes from super foods and ingredients with essential health and anti-aging benefits. They feature a wealth of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and a host of other beneficial compounds—what I call FoodTrients™—not found in the highly processed foods that you pick up in the prepared foods section of the supermarket or at the drive-through. And they taste great!
The recipes in this book, many of them quick and easy to prepare, are the result of my experiences revising the treasured meals from my childhood and creating new ones—all incorporating the newest anti-aging research. My goal is to share this knowledge with you, as my family shared with me so many years ago.
Here are simple ways to cook delicious meals with unique ingredients, such as ginger root, turmeric, and moringa, and more familiar fare, such as blueberries, cinnamon, and soy—everything you need to look and feel younger on the inside and on the outside. Welcome to a younger, healthier you!