Can Better Food Reverse Aging?

Younger Next Week

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.

  • Lovebreck

    I wish our culture didn’t put such an emphasis on age, aging and appearance. There is only a problem with aging because we make it one. It’s time to stop trying to make ourselves look 30 when we are 65, and rather embrace the beauty and wisdom there is an having led a fulfilled life. The pressure and wasted efforts put into trying to maintain a youthful appearance would fall by the wayside if we started viewing aging with new eyes. How nice it would be to look forward to the changing appearance because it is viewed not as flawed, but as beautiful.

    Vitality is another issues. I want vitality and health no matter my age. If that means eating a healthy diet 90% of the time, and getting plenty of exercise, I will do whatever it takes.

  • GiGi Eats Celebrities

    Eating healthfully does far more than accentuate your beauty! It helps you feel good in your own skin, gives you energy, gives you mental clarity, etc! :)

  • Healthy Man

    Like a car, if you take care of the engine and the outside it will run better and last longer. A basic analogy; but it works!!!

  • tahiya

    One’s level of vitality is a PERCEPTION informed by a myriad of variables, a goodly number beginning with one’s definition of vitality in the first place. That the experiment worked for this woman in her body is wonderful. Good for her! EVERY SINGLE HUMAN BODY is its own little planet with an idiosyncratic psyche in charge, and a genetic legacy that looks more like the probability theorems of a casino than the hermetically sealed experiments of the scientific method. A really good book to promote health would steer away from prescriptions and help people set up and conduct their own experiments on what THEIR bodies find supportive, what THEIR lives process to generate vitality. The notion that something as broad and overarching as vitality is addressed as a function of diet speaks to the author’s preoccupation with nutrition, not her insights to states of health. An accurate description of purview would be more scientifically sincere: “One Woman’s Experiment to Feel Vaguely Better By Choosing Specific Foods”

    • Min Zee

      Well said!