The Fountain of Youth, flowing with water that can magically make anyone who drinks from it younger, has been a part of mythical lore for thousands of years. Although no such fountain exists, throughout history people have been trying to stay young via endless contraptions and inventions.
Our modern culture places an extremely high premium on physical appearance and beauty. Unfortunately, many modern daily habits are counterproductive and accelerate the aging process. One particular area of concern is food. An over-processed diet and poor eating habits lead to weight gain and other disease. Even with a relatively healthy diet , something happens around the age of 40. The body’s metabolism starts to slow down while external life pressures seem to increase – family, kids, elderly parents, career responsibilities, and more.
Elisa Zied, a registered dietitian and successful nutrition author, felt these changes happening to her as she turned 40. She decided to do some research to see how she could make the best of her new zipcode, and the ones to follow.
The result is a great book, although its title is not scientifically accurate: Younger Next Week is a relatively quick and fun read. It begins with the concept of Lost Vitality as a result of aging. Zied lists habits that sabotage vitality, for example – overeating.
In the second part of the book, Zied reviews various food groups and how they can contribute or detract from one’s vitality. The last section includes a 7-day Vitality Plan and a list of healthy recipes. The plan is basically a menu for the week, which can be a challenge if all of the ingredients aren’t readily available. On the other hand, the recipes are simple and tasty: try the Whole Grain Blueberry Scones or the White Bean and Kale Soup.
Readers may not get any younger reading this book, but there are solid, science based tips here to get you feeling more energized, and potentially lead a longer, happier life.
Disclosure: We received a complimentary review copy of Younger Next Week.