Doctors on the whole will not recommend a specific type of diet....so why are so many women (and men) on very intricate and specific diets? Shouldn't eating the daily recommended values of everything be enough? Or should we try to eat mostly fruits, vegetables and legumes? Although some doctors do have contrary opinions, here you can find the consensus of what doctors agree upon.
One thing most doctors agree upon is starving yourself is horrendous...especially after a work out.
Eating immediately after you finish a workout is beneficial contrary to what most people believe. Your body will use the calories you eat for reparation and recovery instead of fat storage.Eating right after your workout may also increase your body’s insulin sensitivity or its ability to use carbohydrates, which is an important factor for weight loss and overall health.
Directly following your workout, you should try a protein shake that you make yourself. Mixing up some cottage cheese/yogurt/oatmeal and antioxidant rich berries together will allow for your body to jump-start the recovery process.
Then, thirty five minutes to an hour after your work out, eat a full meal containing protein and carbohydrates. A piece of white fish with whole wheat pasta and a green salad with oil and vinegar would be a good example of a light post workout antioxidant rich meal.
Dr. Nicholas Perricone, another anti-aging doctor adds that monounsaturated fats avocados contain are extremely effective in combating free radical damage. According to a study by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the oil found in avocados can enter the mitochondria and fight the free radicals.
For years, doctors have known that cranberries prevent harmful bacteria from sticking to the walls of the urinary tract which in turn cuts down on the possibility of infections. Now, researchers are pointing to the fact that cranberries are high in antioxidants and other phytonutrients which are important to protect the body against heart disease, cancer and memory loss.
Other doctors agree that many even more common foods can be unexpected antioxidant powerhouses! Studies show disease-fighting antioxidants may be found in unexpected fruits and vegetables such as beans, artichokes, and even Russet potatoes. A U.S. Department of Agricultural study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found other surprise foods including potatoes, pecans, and cinnamon that are high in antioxidants.
Ronald Prior, Ph.D. sums the question of what foods to eat for anti-aging up very well in this oh-so simple statement, “The bottom line is the same: Eat more fruits and veggies,”. So, eat your fruits and veggies, fish, legumes...and avoid extreme diets!