What to Eat for a Longer Life and Lasting Health
When it comes to living a long, healthy life, there are many factors to consider. Some we can control, others not so much. One area that's a key to promoting longevity—and one you do have some influence over—is your diet. "Eating healthy is an important part of being well and longevity," says Maya Eady McCarthy, MD, a pediatric hospitalist at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston. "Nutritious, high-quality foods are key in order to provide our bodies with the fuel it needs to function at its best."
Now that doesn't mean you can only nosh on kale for the next 40 or 50 years, but it does mean you should approach healthy eating habits with consistency. "You'll benefit most from what you do the majority of the time, over time," explains Cynthia Sass, RD, CSSD, a Los Angeles–based sports and performance nutritionist. "So if your diet consists of whole, nutrient-rich foods 80% of the time, that 80% has a greater impact than the 20% that may be less optimal." Here, our eating pros offer up five ways to make the longevity diet work for you.