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Nutrition Notes: 30 years later, a farewell message

How is it possible? I have been writing Nutrition Notes for The Good Life for the past 30 years! I’ve written articles on whole grains, vegetarian diets, pesticides in foods, spices and herbs, liquid supplements, eating locally, heart health, sodium, food gifts for seniors, and genetically modified foods, just to name a few. This will be my last article for The Good Life. Thank you for your support over the past 30 years.

I have seen food trends come and go – fat was once perceived as the big evil in people’s diets, and there was no distinction made between good fats and bad fats: fat was bad. Food products were all marketed as low-fat or fat-free. I remember seeing bananas in the store with “fat-free” stickers on them. Today, those same bananas would have a “gluten free” sticker on them since gluten seems to be the current food villain. When I was doing my nutrition training, it was very hard to counsel someone with celiac disease because foods were not labeled as to whether they contained gluten. Gluten-free food products were not available in stores; they had to be purchased through the mail.

Coconut oil is in the news these days. “They” say it can help you lose weight, prevent Alzheimer’s, and treat your psoriasis, among other things. There haven’t been enough clinical studies to verify whether any other these claims are true, but coconut oil is a good skin moisturizer.

Food trends come and go, and scientists are constantly learning more about how various foods and ingredients work to benefit our good health, but there are some constants in the equation. Fruits and vegetables have always been on the top of the good food list and always will be. Try to eat a variety of foods and do so in moderation. Remember to drink plenty of water everyday to keep yourself hydrated. Try to eat foods that have not been too “worked over,” as I like to call it. Read the label – if a food product has ten ingredients, half of which you aren’t familiar with and can’t pronounce, do you really want to eat it?

Local nutrition resources from LifePath

If you are age 60 or older, homebound, and not able to prepare a balanced meal for yourself every day, please call LifePath at 413-773-5555 or 978-544-2259 to order a hot, nutritious meal delivered to your door five days a week by one of our friendly, caring, Meals on Wheels drivers. The meal includes a protein source, a starch, a vegetable, a slice of whole grain bread, canned or fresh fruit, and a carton of milk. I ate at one of the Dining Centers this week. We had beef/lentil chili, brown rice, broccoli, whole wheat bread, fruit cocktail, and milk. It was delicious. To your health!

Thank you CynthiaBest wishes in your next endeavors, Cyndie!

LifePath thanks Cynthia Rothschild for her long career of providing nutrition education sessions and consultations, nutritional analysis of meals, and advice columns to the many elders, persons with disabilities, and their caregivers and loved ones in our community. 

Learn more about Meals on Wheels, find a Dining Center or Luncheon Club location near you, or check out this month's menus.