Today Show: Age Group Diet Advice
“Eat Your Way To Sexy” author Elizabeth Somer dropped by the set of The Today Show to give co-hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb some Diet Advice By Age Group. The goals in each age range seemed to change based on a person’s body and their lifestyle at the given time. People in their 20s may be out later at night and need more energy, while those later in life have to be conscious of losing muscle mass and increasing their daily intake of calcium. Check out your own age range and leave your opinions on the proposed diet tips in the comments section below.
Elizabeth Somer: Diet Advice for 20’s
For those in their 20s, 1 out of 2 pregnancies are unplanned. For women especially, it’s best to be proactive and eat plenty of greens (think: lettuce). Also, iron is important for fatigue. Eat plenty of meat and legumes, while cooking most meals in a cast iron pot, as the iron content from the pot is actually absorbed into the meal!
Other advice: don’t drink coffee or tea with a meal. The compounds in both drinks act to block the iron absorption. Most importantly: eat breakfast! Load up on whole grains and protein, like shredded wheat cereal with bananas, and drink plenty water throughout the day.
Elizabeth Somer: Diet Advice for 30’s
For those in their 30s, most people are on the go and seldom sit down to a good meal during the middle part of the day. They end up eating too much sugar and their diet suffers accordingly. Think healthy snacks such as string cheese or nutrition bars. Also, broil salmon of chicken for dinner and avoid fatty red meats and junk food.
Elizabeth Somer: Diet Advice for 40’s +
Kathie Lee and Hoda were clearly ready to get into their own age group, practically dragging Elizabeth through the 30s session and onto the final group of foods. For those at age 40 and beyond, the loss of muscle mass makes working out all the more important. In terms of a diet, your metabolism is dropping so meals need to be smaller and spaced out throughout the day. Don’t load up on a few large meals, instead, sprinkle calcium rich foods like milk and yogurt into your diet. When it’s all said and done, older people need at least three servings of calcium a day. To combat depression: create a diet rich in Omega 3s and antioxidants.
Of course, Kathie Lee thought a steady dose of red wine needed to be included to the diet!