3 Tips for Succesful Aging

One of the most frequently asked questions that my clients ask me, as a functional, integrative nutritionist is: “How can I stop aging?”

Well, the bad news is I don’t think we have discovered how to stop aging completely. BUT, The good news is I can tell you how to dramatically slow down aging. Yep. Here goes…

1) Add in as many nutrient dense vegetables as you can to all of your meals. Try and add one vegetable from each color. Each color represents different nutrients. Guess what? We need them all! Shoot for 7-9 servings per day.

2) Hydrate. As women, our estrogen declines as we age. This can cause dry skin. Your skin on your face is the first thing others see. Drinking at least half your body weight in ounces can combat this. Plus water helps us detox and keeps things moving.

3) Make my Hearty Successful Aging Soup. See recipe below.

 

 

 

Hearty Successful Aging Soup

RECIPE – Serves 12

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 medium onions, chopped
  • 3 large leeks, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 2 medium turnips, peeled and chopped
  • 2 huge leaves swiss chard, deribbed and chopped
  • 8 leaves kale, deribbed and chopped
  • 1/4 head cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 med-large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped
  • 2 (14.5-oz.) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 4 quarts homemade bone broth or 4 quarts low sodium chicken broth

Instructions:

  • In a large soup pot*, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and stir until nearly translucent. Add the garlic and cook for a couple of minutes. Be careful to not burn!
  • Add remaining veggies. Sauté for about one minute.  You are not cooking them. This will flavor the soup. Add the thyme, salt and pepper while sautéing.
  • Next place the veggies in a large slow cooker.  Add the diced tomatoes and broth. Cover and cook on LOW for 7 to 9 hours or on HIGH for 4 to 6 hours. If your slow cooker isn’t large enough, simmer the mixture in the soup pot on the stovetop for at least 1 hour.
  • Before serving, gently mash a few of the sweet potato chunks to thicken the soup.
  • Serve and enjoy.

 
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