In Part One I shared my vision for aging ‘strong’ – both physically and mentally. I shared stories from family and friends who inspire me to take care of myself and live my best life. In Part Two I’m digging a little deeper into setbacks, support and solutions for living and aging ‘strong’ including more stories from friends and family who inspire me, and some really cool resources, too.
We all have moments in life that bring us to our knees. It could be illness, injury, death of a loved one, or a million different kinds of loss. We usually have little or no control over these events. But we do have some control over how we handle them and pull ourselves back up and take another step forward.
What does it mean to be strong? To grow and age healthfully? To live life to the fullest? How do we handle life’s setbacks and struggles? How do we find the strength, the support, the solutions we need to live ‘strong’?
As I approached turning 50 this year I had a lot of thoughts and feelings. To be honest with you, mostly scattered thoughts and mixed feelings. My life is quite different than it was when I was 30, or even 40 years old. Like most people my age, I have had some significant losses. But I also have so much to celebrate.
When I thought about this milestone birthday, I thought about “healthy aging” but that seemed a little negative and my thoughts quickly evolved into aging ‘strong’ or living ‘strong’. I wanted to celebrate being strong and healthy and able to participate in my life to the fullest. I thought about physical health, but also mental health, and all the ways I try to take care of myself every day, every week, every month. I have struggled with self-care. I know I’m not alone.
What does it mean to me to be strong? To grow and age healthfully? To live life to the fullest? What health habits are...
October is National Seafood Month! I recently experienced the trip of a lifetime to Norway to learn about sustainable aquaculture and Norway’s long history of stewardship of the sea.
Tune into my Sound Bites Podcast episode 101 with guest Egil Sundheim from the Norwegian Seafood Council to hear all about my trip, the specifics about sustainable seafood, and why we should all have a “go-to” seafood recipe to help us eat at least two servings of seafood.
If you’ve ever wondered about “grass-fed” beef, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve asked my colleague, Amy Myrdal Miller of Farmer’s Daughter Consulting, to weigh in on the issue. We are both members of the Beef Expert Bureau for the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association. and we know this topic arises from time to time…
I was excited to be invited to the “Lights, Camera, Almonds!” event in Chicago at Kendall College last Spring. The Almond Board of California partnered with the fabulous Food52 on this event to walk dietitians through, step-by-step, how to create a fast-motion video using just your smartphone and simple editing software on your computer. While…
If you’ve been following my Do M.O.R.E. with Dinner initiative, you’ve heard about ways to get more out of dinnertime through food, fun and family. And you probably know that I find summertime much easier because my husband can grill out and I can pull together a salad or veggie and simple side dish. But…
I just wrapped up a couple of whirlwind months traveling and speaking at conferences across the U.S. including state AND affiliate meetings, media trainings and communications workshops, and the 4th annual Today’s Dietitian Spring Symposium in New Orleans. I’ve been asked to speak more lately about presentation skills and wanted to share some of the…
How to create a more balanced diet and healthier lifestyle by enjoying your food with health in mind I have partnered with Dannon Light & Fit to help promote how to include Dannon Light & Fit yogurt as part of your weekly menu. I have been compensated for my time commitment. However, my opinions are…
As Earth Day approaches, I’m sharing my learnings from the 30 Day Food Waste Challenge and tips from my food and nutrition expert friends! This post is part of my role as a member of the Beef Expert Bureau. I have been compensated for my time commitment. However, my opinions are entirely my own and…
January is National Soup Month and a great time to snuggle in with a warm bowl of hearty, healthy goodness. I could honestly live on soup all year-round, but during the frigid cold winter months here in Chicago, I find myself reaching for it more often. Soup is not only a comforting, nourishing meal, it’s…
This post was written as part of my sponsored partnership with Perdue. All opinions expressed are my own. It may come as no surprise that people want to know more about how their food is grown and raised. According to a 2015 Goldman Sachs study titled “Millennial Munching” 83% want to know more about where their…
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