Here are a few questions for you:
- Why do French women stay so thin as they age?
- Why are North American women gaining so much weight with each passing birthday?
- Why don’t Japanese women gain weight, and why don’t they seem to age?
- How can Italian women eat pasta every day of their lives and thin remain slim?
- Why are so many women calorie counting and still gaining weight?
- Why has Oprah gained back the weight she lost even after cutting out all “white foods”?
- Why do so many people hate vegetables?
- Why is Dr. Oz talking more and more about superfoods?
- How do you make better choices at the supermarket so that you bring home better quality foods?
- Can food really help you prevent serious diseases?
- Is there such a thing as addiction to junk foods and fast foods?
- Do you know how much hidden sugar you consume each day?
- Why are most trendy diets no better than revolving doors?
Every week, EatSmartAgeSmart.com answers these questions and many other questions related to the relationship women have with food/nutrition and how well you age.
We also explore the latest and best tips and tricks to aging well by making the right food choices that can really transform your health, help you better control your weight as you age and keep a healthy body with each passing birthday.
We’ll also help you make better food choices at the supermarket so you can feed better quality foods. And we’ll highlight some really tasty and healthy recipes to help you figure out how to prepare all of these superfoods that you’ll be buying.
For too long now many people have associated aging with an automatic “disease-sentence”. It’s true that your body won’t respond to abuse in your 40s as it did in your 20s, but making better food choices as you age can be your best health-care-insurance-policy!
Aging is one thing … wearing your biological age on your face and body is another thing … and you’d be surprised at the role nutrition holds in this equation!
“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” — George Bernard Shaw
About the Eat Smart Age SmartTM Network Team
“Healthy eating should really not be this complicated!“ — Krizia
The concept of aging well is not new to Krizia who has followed a strict exercise regime of boxing, spinning, skipping rope and weight training for more than a decade.
A contract with the premier publication in natural health in the country in the late 1990s (Alive magazine) offered Krizia an incredible life-changing opportunity to be exposed to the power of detoxification, as not only a means of cleansing the system, but also as an effective method of cell-rejuvenation. During that time she also became fully aware of much food has an impact on our health as we age.
Krizia has been a personal chef (La Deauvillienne Lunch Catering) and a food writer/editor (since 2002 before becoming an aging-well writer/editor).
Krizia is a self-taught personal chef ! She didn’t attend any prestigious culinary school, she simply learned to love and appreciate food by learning how to cook French food when she used to be married to a Parisian man!
She specialized in French cuisine and she’s published a critically acclaimed lifestyle and bilingual French food guide that sold in Canada, France, the U.S., Germany and the U.K. The guide was voted by Air Canada En Route magazine.
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Krizia’s experience as a self-published author
>>>> Here are the three editions of my food guide:
<<The 2002 Edition>>
<<The 2004 Edition>>
<<The 2006 Edition>>
Krizia has been religiously following the “French culinary lifestyle aka French diet” since she began dating her ex-Parisian husband in the 1990s – the man never ate preserved or fast food.
Krizia is what you would call a health nut and believes that nutrition is a guarantee to aging well. She’s been studying cooking and nutrition for over a decade! She’s still very proud of having completed a 13-day juice fast during which she only consumed freshly pressed fruit and vegetable juice, tea and a lot of water!
Krizia’s first experience as a professional blogger
In June 2007, Krizia started her professional blogging career by launching myBeautyMatch.com. This beauty blog has been devoted to providing women in their 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s aging well tips, reviews of anti-aging products and tips on keeping their body as fit as possible as you age!
From October 2007 to October 2008, Krizia was a contributor to Yahoo! Lifestyle!
Krizia has also been a guest beauty blogger for SeenOn.com in 2008 and 2009 and for ProjectRunway.com (the U.S.) show in 2008.
Krizia & Eat Smart Age Smart get recognized by industry piers!
In June 2009 (two months after launching), Eat Smart Age Smart was voted as one of the ‘Top 200 Health Blogs on the Internet’ (out of more than 3,000 health bloggers) for the healthy eating category by Wellsphere.com.
Currently Eat Smart Age Smart has a “gold contributor” status with Wellsphere.com because we write daily tips on healthy eating and adopting a healthy lifestyle. Basically, we contribute regular and high quality content!
Krizia is also a contributor to these sites:
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About Krizia’s name:
Not a day goes by without my having to spell out my name and explain its origin.
So here we go: Krizia is a diminutive of Lucretia/Lucrezia which is one of the oldest Italian names, dating back to the 5th century BC. The easiest way to remember the pronunciation of my name is to think of a popular Italian delight: pizza. If you think of pizza and add “K and R” and remove the “P”, then you’ve got the almost-perfect pronunciation. If this is all too complicated, I really don’t mind if you just call me Miss K!
Krizia’s 10 favourite foods:
1) I’m addicted to President’s Choice® “Just Peanuts” Old-Fashioned Peanut butter with no added sugar, salt or hydrogenated fat. I simply love it!
2) Pom’s Pomegranate juice – I think their ads are brilliant and every time I have a glass I think of their advert that says “Cheat Death”!
3) Genuine Health’s Healthy Skin – a combination of Greens+ and cocoberries has not only done wonders at insuring that my skin remains wrinkle-free, but in combination with Genuine Health’s Perfect Skin supplements I’ve been able to control my acne and reduce my pesky acne scars.
4) French cheese – I don’t understand this non-sense about low fat cheese … I like my cheese full fat!
5) Gnocchi, white pasta and white rice – don’t get me wrong, I do eat brown rice and whole wheat or spelt pasta, but if Italian women can eat (in moderation) gnocchi, white pasta and risotto and remain slim and age well … so can I!
6) French pastry – The second I land in Paris, I run and find my favourite pastries and spend as much time I my stomach can possible handle exploring the joys of French pastry.
7) Vegetables and salad – my body goes into shock if I spend one day without eating either veggies or salad … in fact some will be surprised to know that I eat two salads pretty much every day!
#8) ALL Fruits – I wake almost every morning with a plate or fruit. It’s either that or a smoothie made with a banana, an apple or pear and whatever berries I have in the freezer.
9) Chicken – I will rarely order chicken when I go to a restaurant because I prepare it so much at home. I swear I can cook 1,000 different variations of chicken dishes!
10) Tomatoes – I’ll eat tomatoes fresh in salads, I’ll grill them in the oven (with thyme, garlic, salt, pepper and a dash of cayenne pepper), I’ll have variations of pasta sauces and I always a tomato in almost all of my stews. I mourn each winter when I know that I’ll have to go 4-5 months without being able to eat fresh tomatoes (at which time I usually flip to organic canned tomatoes). It always baffles me when I meet people who don’t like tomatoes because I always think of all the amazing dishes they will never be able to enjoy!
Although I’m a former personal chef who has prepared healthy lunches for people who used to be addicted to fast food options, please remember that I’m NOT a nutritionist or a doctor. This website and my daily healthy eating tips & tricks are NOT meant to be a substitute for any professional guidance or counselling. The information I provide is base on my own personal experiences and is NOT meant to take the place of medical or nutrition advice from professionals. I make the information as simple and fun as possible for you to start a discussion with medical professionals who have a pretty good idea of your medical and diet history.
Meet my editors!
Mary is a Toronto-based journalist who reads recipes as bedtime stories and swoons at the sight of aged gouda.
Her specialties include lemon-scented madeleines and coq au vin. During her career, she has interviewed chefs like Nigella Lawson, Gordon Ramsay and edited restaurant the guidebook “Patron’s Pick: Reviews of Toronto’s Favourite Restaurants” and Krizia’s French food guidebook.
While she loves to indulge herself with homemade butterscotch pudding or goat cheese and tomato tarts, eating well is important to her and she has a basket of organic fruits, vegetables, and dairy products delivered to her doorstep every week. When she bakes, she tries to only use organic milk, cream, and butter. Not only does she feel more healthy, but it tastes better too.
In her day job, she works as a producer at a national television network in Canada. She has also worked at The Globe and Mail and Toronto Star newspapers and work has also appeared in the Quill & Quire, Wish magazine, and the Independent newspaper. She writes a food blog to chronicle her gourmet adventures, Caramels, Bonbons et Chocolats at Bonbons et Chocolats, the title of which is inspired by a line from the Dalida and Alain Delon tune “Paroles, paroles.”
Mary’s 10 favourite foods:
1) Cheese: I love too many types of cheeses to possibly name there here, but I will try: be it Bulgarian feta, Armenian string cheese, Port Salut, British Red Leicester, a nice runny Brie, pungent goat cheese, Hungarian liptoi cream cheese, I am happy. Where I try to eat all-organic dairy, this doesn’t hold true for cheese. Good old cheese can’t be substituted, at least in my mind, with organic.
2) Bread: This goes hand in hand with cheese. All I need is some fresh baguette, or sourdough bread, or artisan grain, even Montreal-style bagels, and a hunk of cheese, and that can be my dinner. I unabashedly judge even the most highbrow restaurants by their bread quality. If the bread rolls are cold, or worse, dry, I am already disappointed.
3) Yogurt: This must be due to my upbringing in the hands of my mother’s side, who are Armenians from Bulgaria. They put yogurt on top of everything – from stuffed grape leaves to fried zucchini. I even enjoy it with some honey and artisan granola, or in a smoothie with bananas and strawberries.
4) Chicken: Sometimes I wonder whether I make so much chicken because it’s become second nature, but then I realize I couldn’t live without my Thai roast chicken, sesame chicken, coq au vin, and sautéed chicken with tarragon mustard sauce recipes. I always use chicken breast because I happen to prefer it over dark meat, and it’s a healthy way to get my protein.
5) Viennoiseries and French pastries: Whether they are croissants, madeleines, macarons, they make my heart beat a little faster when I see them at a pastry shop. I got my start writing about food when I submitted a feature on my favourite pastry shop in Toronto, Rahier, and the love has not abated.
6) Steak: Make that medium, please, pepper sauce preferred, or with a side of French mustard. Nothing is quite as satisfying as a good steak, cooked to perfection. I can’t do it every week, but when I’m in the mood, nothing else will do the trick.
7) Mediterranean veggies: I had to lump these together because I can’t get enough of them – spinach, eggplant, zucchini. In pasta, grilled, any way I can get them, I love them. They’re also a health way to sneak some nutrients into the dinner meal.
#8) Rice: Growing up, we had rice at pretty much every meal. As I grew older and began cooking for myself, I began experimenting beyond the regular white rice we consumed. Now I make wild rice, basmati rice, jasmine rice, risotto, just to keep things interesting.
9) Seafood: If I could eat fish at every second meal, I probably would. I don’t, because it’s not all that convenient to pop into a fish market and also my husband is not the biggest fan. Whether it is smoked salmon, freshly grilled tilapia, spicy shrimp, fried calamari, crab cakes, oysters drizzled with lemon and a side of horseradish, plank-grilled snapper, hoisin-glazed black cod, I love it all.
10) Chocolate: How could I leave this off this list? Chocolate is like the bad boy boyfriend I can’t let go of. I turn to it when I’m down, sometimes secretly, sometimes in celebration, often feeling guilty but I always enjoy it. The trick, I have found, is to have a small square of dark chocolate that is strong enough abate my cravings and tickle my tastebuds.
1) Udon – This is a frequent visitor to Colleen’s cabinets. She eats udon at least twice a week. Miso flavoured udon stir-fry happens to be her favourite at the moment.
2) Tofu – This food is a big part of her everyday diet. She enjoys it cooked as tofu puffs, solid tofu and soft tofu in a variety of spices such as blackbean paste. This is a flavour sucker so you can definitely play around with this food to make a meal that you will really enjoy.
3) Mushrooms – Sautéed or stir-fried this is a delicious fungi. I love adding mushrooms to most of my meals.
4) A well-made salad – There are so many varieties that salads can take and so many flavours that can be combined with an assortment of veggies. Her dressing of choice is usually citrus-based topped with cranberries or blackberries and some pieces of boiled egg.
5) Oatmeal raison cookies – My mouth is just watering thinking of a really good oatmeal cookie. You just can’t really screw this cookie up. It always ends up being a soft and chewy cookie that you can enjoy at any time of day.
6) Pistachio nuts – There’s something about these nuts that I love so much. I could eat them all day. I just get really annoyed when there are shells that barely have a crack so you can’t pull the shell apart.
7) Macaroni in ketchup soup – Okay so this one sounds a little weird but it is delicious. This dish mostly reminds me of eating back home. My mom likes to make simple macaroni in either a vegetable or chicken stock but I used to add ketchup in it. Nowadays I use whole-wheat pasta and add tomatoes as well as ketchup.
#8) All fruit, especially berries – I am a huge berry lover but I do like my gala apples and I always have grapes on hand and if I don’t I have strawberries or blackberries instead. It just makes a great snack or dessert.
9) Sushi – I just love sushi a lot. It could be my lunch every day. I especially enjoy spicy salmon roll but I don’t discriminate. I like most pieces of sushi except for roe (salmon eggs).
10) Chocolate-covered espresso beans – Okay this is not something I have that often because they’re so strong but when I get one of those tasty morsels in my mouth I definitely feel really satisfied.