I've made lots of changes to my diet over the past few months. One of my main rules is to be sure to eat breakfast and I try to make protein a part of that meal.

I've made changes for health reasons, but lots of people change their diets to stave off aging. Here are some tips about foods that are more than just antioxidants — they make aging more gentle on the body and brain.

Deep greens and seeds

These are high sources of calcium and are a good plant alternative to dairy. Teeth are made of bone and it's important to eat foods that preserve bone density as we age. Adding lots of sesame seeds and dark greens to your lunch salad can help.

Asian mushrooms

These fungi improve blood circulation which plays a big role in skin health, as well as blood pressure. What mushroom choices should you look for in the grocery store: shiitake, enoki, and maitake are quite beneficial

Drink matcha tea

This is a potent source of green tea and it has a powerful antioxidant effect. In modern times, matcha has also come to be used to flavor and dye foods like ice cream and soba noodles.


The main component in curry is the root turmeric which has been shown to contain over two dozen anti-inflammatory compounds — they aid in the reduction of joint inflammation and reduce risk of age-related memory loss.

Dark chocolate

This treat has a high dose of anti-oxidants. A daily one-ounce serving of a dark chocolate containing 70% or higher cacao content is another great way to keep skin vibrant.


Chili peppers contain lots of carotenoids and vitamin C, both of which can help keep your skin looking younger. are involved in a healthy skin matrix (translation: the sturdy structure that holds skin cells together). So cook with more hot peppers or order more spicy Thai or Mediterranean take out.


A daily dose of about 1/2 cup of dried beans contains many nutrients that help keep your overall system healthy. Things like protein, minerals and vitamins are plentiful in beans, so sub out the poultry or beef for a nice dose of beans each day.