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April 9, 2014

Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Jessica Ivins: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

The Kosher Gourmet by Daniel Neman Have yourself a matzo ball: The secrets bubby never told you and recipes she could have never imagined

April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

Dana Dovey: Coffee Drinkers Rejoice! Your Cup Of Joe Can Prevent Death From Liver Disease

Chris Weller: Electric 'Thinking Cap' Puts Your Brain Power Into High Gear

The Kosher Gourmet by Marlene Parrish A gift of hazelnuts keeps giving --- for a variety of nutty recipes: Entree, side, soup, dessert

April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

Amy Peterson: A life of love: How to build lasting relationships with your children

John Ericson: Older Women: Save Your Heart, Prevent Stroke Don't Drink Diet

John Ericson: Why 50 million Americans will still have spring allergies after taking meds

Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

Sarah Boesveld: Teacher keeps promise to mail thousands of former students letters written by their past selves

The Kosher Gourmet by Sharon Thompson Anyone can make a salad, you say. But can they make a great salad? (SECRETS, TESTED TECHNIQUES + 4 RECIPES, INCLUDING DRESSINGS)

April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

Dan Barry: Should South Carolina Jews be forced to maintain this chimney built by Germans serving the Nazis?

Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review

3 diet tricks of people who live longer

By Nicci Micco, M.S.





JewishWorldReview.com | My grandfather passed away at age 95--independent, healthy, funny and mentally sharp until the very end. My grandmother (his wife of 70 years), 91, is alive and well. At my grandfather's funeral service, I marveled at the number of folks--family and friends--in their late 80s and early 90s who came to pay their respects. My grandpa had lived a good, long life. A lot of the people in his community seem to be enjoying that same healthy longevity. What's the secret?

Certainly, good genes have a lot to do with how long you'll live. So does chance (my mother's mom, for example, died as the result of a car accident). But more and more, research shows that healthy habits can keep you living longer and better.

My grandfather had a great social network and was quick to laugh -- two things that predict a long life, research indicates. His parents immigrated to the United States from Italy (so did my grandmother's) and he basically ate like a Mediterranean: He grew a huge garden and ate loads of vegetables and fruit; much of the meat he ate was lean game, such as venison. He enjoyed fish. Olive oil was, and still is, a staple in my grandmother's kitchen.


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What other good eating habits seem to predict a long life? Research shows there are a few more things you can do diet-wise to add years to your life:

1. EAT ENOUGH BUT NOT TOO MUCH.
Losing just 5 to 10 percent of your body weight can lead to better blood pressure, a decreased risk of diabetes and improved lipid levels (lower triglycerides and higher "good" HDL).

Use this formula to calculate the calories you need to maintain your weight: Your current weight (in pounds) x 12. If you subtract 500 calories per day from this number, you'll shed about a pound a week; trim 1,000 calories and you'll lose two pounds a week. Don't go below 1,200 calories or you risk missing out on important nutrients.

2. CHOOSE LOW-FAT OR NONFAT DAIRY.
Bad-for-you saturated fat isn't just hiding in butter, lard and fatty cuts of meat. As writer and registered dietitian Karen Ansel recently pointed out in a story about the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans in EatingWell Magazine: "In a 2009 study in the Journal of Nutrition, when researchers examined the diets of 350,000 American men and women, they found that the death rate was 20 percent lower during the 10 years of the study in those who consumed lean meat, low-fat dairy and few added solid fats, even after other differences were accounted for."

Choose nonfat or 1 percent milk in place of whole or 2 percent. Eat cheeses sparingly--and go for lower-fat varieties when you can.

3. LOAD UP ON WHOLE GRAINS.
Upping your whole-grains intake could lengthen your life, suggests a 2011 study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. Researchers suspect a reduced risk of death from cardiovascular, infectious and respiratory diseases is due to the fiber from whole grains.

Make these easy swaps for more fiber: whole-grain bread in place of white, oatmeal instead of cream of wheat, brown rice instead of white.

Of course, even a perfect diet doesn't guarantee you'll live forever, but I'm willing to take my chances.

(EatingWell is a magazine and website devoted to healthy eating as a way of life. Online at www.eatingwell.com.)

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