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Food for staying well & looking good - live webchat with Linda Doeser 11 January 1-2pm

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CariGransnet (GNHQ) Wed 28-Dec-11 11:48:37

As we grow older our dietary needs change just as our lives change with our grown-up children leaving home, retirement, possibly a less active life and various health problems etc.

It is - of course - all too easy to become fixed in our ways and not give any thought to what we're eating and whether it might be a good idea to make a few small changes to the menus we've cooked over many years.

But are the odd touch of indigestion, bloating, feeling and looking tired, poor sleep, middle-age spread, aching joints, constipation and muddled thinking the inevitable outcomes of advancing years? <<has little worry about familiarity of many of those symptoms and sincerely hopes not...>>

While we can’t turn the clock back the good news is that a few simple changes CAN help to make our retirement years as healthy and rewarding as possible. And - says cookery writer Linda Doeser - what we eat can make all the difference between 'passive decline' and a fitter and brighter third age.

Linda started her career on the partwork Supercook in the 1970s and published her first book a couple of years later. Since then she has written so many cookbooks that she has lost track. She has an abiding interest in healthy eating and nutrition combined with appetizing meals and is currently working on a project about how dietary needs change with the different stages of life. She is also a gran.

Add your questions for her here

jingl Thu 29-Dec-11 22:54:13

"a touch of indigestion, a sensation of bloating, feeling and looking tired, poor sleep, middle-age spread, aching joints, constipation and muddled thinking as the inevitable outcomes of advancing years."

My God, Cari! Have you got all of that?!! shock

susiecb Sun 01-Jan-12 09:28:14

Ambrosia and Nectar are the only foods recommdened for our dreadful condition!

Butternut Sun 01-Jan-12 18:55:47

Has Linda Doeser a book that is due to be published soon - is that the project?

If so, might this be a form of advertising?

Just feeling picky........

Don't like the concept of passive decline either - and would be hard pressed to think of any of us on GN that would fit that particular attitude to ageing.

jingl Mon 02-Jan-12 11:46:23

To be honest, I don't mind if there's a book in the offing. I guess no-one does this kind of thing for nothing.

Just so long as they give good, informative answers it's ok.

jingl Mon 02-Jan-12 11:48:12

I was on a bit of a passive decline yesterday. But the sun is shining today and I feel much better.

I think sun is more important to feeling good than the kind of food you eat.

Or, failing sun, fluoxetine. (which works in the same way)

jingl Mon 02-Jan-12 11:49:56

shock Someone needs to actually ask a question. (This is turning into a chat grin)

Butternut Mon 02-Jan-12 12:13:37

smile - Glad you're no longer in passive decline jingl - and I agree - the sun does wonders.

em Mon 02-Jan-12 12:26:33

Yes - reasonable diet, a bit of exercise ( preferably in the sunshine) and good friends. I didn't feel that any of the points in the intro really applied to me so that's why I haven't asked a question. However my 35 year-old daughter has Rheumatoid arthritis and I feel she could be more careful with her diet, although she is an excellent cook. Any advice?
PS Who came up with the phrase 'passive decline'? That's not the same as having an 'off day' is it?

Mamie Mon 02-Jan-12 15:11:21

I would have to say that one of the pleasures of retirement is having more time to grow our own fruit and veg, visit markets and spend even more time cooking and exploring new cuisines. In the spirit of asking a question though -

I have always lived by the maxim, "Everything in moderation and a little of what you fancy does you good." Is there any reason to change that as I get older?

helshea Mon 02-Jan-12 15:18:28

Should we actually eat less as we get older - I still don't understand why when I was 18 I could cut down on food and easily lose weight, but now I can't lose an ounce - I also feel I am as active if not more so than I was then?

Butternut Mon 02-Jan-12 17:45:52

It's the metabolism that changes, unfortunately grin

One of the delights of ageing......

Greatnan Mon 02-Jan-12 20:15:49

I have already changed to a healthy diet but I would like to ask if dementia can be related to poor eating. My SIL was a vegetarian and was then told by a quack nutritionist that she was allergic to wheat, citrus fruit, dairy....more or less everything. She was reduced to eating salads and some nuts and I wondered if that diet accelerated her Alzheimer's.

By the way, I keep reading the title of this thread as 'Dosser weds' - I thought at first it was a news story about a tramp's wedding.

CariGransnet (GNHQ) Tue 03-Jan-12 10:25:12

Jingle - yes...most of it!

CariGransnet (GNHQ) Tue 03-Jan-12 10:41:41

Greatnan grin

Obviously these are all only examples and while there are beneficial steps that can be taken diet wise as we get older do please feel free to add any other questions about diet/healthy eating/cooking etc as well.

Linda has written books on many subjects from one pot meals to slow cookers to foods from all over the globe.

beeble Tue 03-Jan-12 10:54:29

I don't know if it's ok for me to ask this as I am a mum and not yet a gran ...but am suffering from that hideous January need-to-lose-weight-but-permanently-ravenous thing. I'd like to drop a stone and am not interested in any of these celebrity diets etc - but how can I stop myself from being starving all the time?

jingl Tue 03-Jan-12 11:48:53

I second beeble's question!!

jingl Tue 03-Jan-12 11:51:14

Butternut, I don't think the metabolism would necessarily slow if we could just keep doing the same amount of moving about as we did. The problem is, tiredness cuts in more than it did. hmm

jingl Tue 03-Jan-12 13:58:09

Hello Linda. Could you please tackle flatulence. I experience far too much of it.

There, I've said it! blush

I think it's the healthy foods, like porridge and fruit, that are the worst culprits, to be honest, so what can I do about that?! I want to eat healthily, but I don't want the embarrassment!

jingl Tue 03-Jan-12 13:59:37

Oh, I wonder if it's Cari or Geraldine that's gonna read that! Or all of 'em! [nightmare]

You can delete it if you like.

gracesmum Tue 03-Jan-12 14:09:22

I can cook/eat healthily
I can cook/eat cheaply
I can cook/eat to lose weight - and need to do so before my daughter's wedding this summer as I am at least 2 stone overweight.

What I cannot do is all 3. So many "cheap" but nutricious recipes are also fattening, "lean" slimming food is expensive - so what can I do?

CariGransnet (GNHQ) Tue 03-Jan-12 14:19:24

jingl...all of us (of course)

And we wouldn't dream of deleting what is an extremely valid question in this the season of sprouts and parsnips grin

jingl Tue 03-Jan-12 14:22:41

he he! grin

gracesmum Wed 04-Jan-12 16:41:43

Not to mention Jerusalem Artichokes!

jakesgran Wed 04-Jan-12 17:02:08

Should I raise the tone by moving from flatulence to fish?

Much is said about the benefits of oily fish. I like salmon, can't abide mackerel or sardines and always have a decent stock of tinned tuna. How much should I be eating, what should I be doing with it and what will it do for me?