Friday, May 2, 2008

A Ladybug Becomes a Meal: Diet and Nutrition for 50+ ers

"Grandma, why don't you sit on the grass with Jonah (age 1)," my nephew Leonard (age 38) suggested to his grandmother (85+).

"If I sit down, I won't be able to get up."

"I'll help you up. Go on. Sit down and enjoy him."

Leonard's grandma reluctantly lowered herself onto the grass. She was captivated with the scene unravelling before her: Her great-grandson was mesmerized with a ladybug making its way on blades of grass. She attempted to draw others' attention but when she glanced back at Jonah, he was popping the little insect into his mouth!

Diet and nutrition are important matters for all generations. Numerous sites are currently dedicated specifically to nutrition for the boomers and seniors. One site refines the common food pyramid to the express needs of 50+ers. Another tackles other nutrition issues for the same age group.

Pay attention to snacking tips for seniors and the role of antioxidants and aging, Get on a hotline linked to a registered dietician who specializes in diet and cancer.

Finally, take particular note of the site that instructs seniors on foods to avoid. I wonder if ladybugs are listed.

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