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5 Foods to Eat to Defy Your Age (And 5 to Avoid)

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA

Book by Frances Largeman RothDiet choices you make affect your aging process. Are you eating to bring youth and vitality to your life? Or could you be ingesting foods that age you? We recently interviewed Registered Dietician nutritionist and bestselling author, Frances Largeman-Roth on our radio show to find out what foods extend our life and which shorten it.

Kymberly: The advice Frances shares is so achievable and easy to incorporate, we decided to share the highlights here. Makes me wish she’d asked which foods make my legs longer.


Interestingly, it also turns out your food choices can greatly impact your skin. If you want to feel good and look good, then eat well! Let’s find out how and what.

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Avoid These Unless You Want to Look Like You’ve Been Smoking for Years

  1. Sugar
  2. Sodium
  3. Trans-fat
  4. Alcohol
  5. Caffeine




Blueberries, Strawberries, Citrus

Yes. Three colors you’ll look good in. Or will look good in you.

Eat These If You Want People to Ask “Is That Your Sister?” When It’s Your Daughter

  1. Blueberries
  2. Cocoa flavanols
  3. Red foods: watermelon, tomatoes, apples
  4. Broccoli and Brussel Sprouts
  5. Flax seed


Listen to our interview “Eat to Defy Your Age” with Frances to find out more about which foods to put into your body and which to put into your arch enemy’s snack bowl. Listen all the way to the end to discover the two foods this professional nutritionist, mom, and celebrity food author would never give up.

Alexandra: One of the five recommended foods is cocoa flavanols, so we have a giveaway for you. One person will win two boxes of CocoaVia cocoa flavanol powder sticks – Dark Chocolate & Fruit Variety Pack, two bottles of CocoaVia® cocoa extract supplement capsules (a 2 month supply), and the recipe book “Eating in Color” by Frances Largeman-Roth. You must have a U.S. address to be eligible.

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Get practical exercise advice, your fitness questions answered, and cutting edge health edu-tainment that is accessible and doable from long time fitness experts, Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MA. We have taught on land, sea, and airwaves for 3 decades on 4 continents. From writing to speaking, emceeing to hosting a radio show, reviewing products to teaching classes, we believe that little steps turn into big paths. Move a little more than the day before. FitFluential Ambassadors and award-winners both online and off.

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21 Responses to 5 Foods to Eat to Defy Your Age (And 5 to Avoid)

  1. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie May 1, 2014 at 7:15 am #

    What a great post! I need to work on the sugar thing.

  2. Carol Cassara May 1, 2014 at 7:21 am #

    I’m a big believer in moderation, although I may not always practice it. I drink seldom, but have been known to enjoy a glass of wine or cocktail on occasion. I don’t think sugar occasionally will kill us. And caffeine is either good for us or bad for us depending on the study. Sodium? not so good. It’s a balance, really. Because even famous runner Jim Fixx died young of a heart attack. While running. Who knows, he may have regretted not eating dessert that day. ;-)
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    • KymberlyFunFit May 2, 2014 at 10:05 pm #

      Moderation is the key for sure, which is something Frances expressed in the radio interview though we truncated for the post. For one, sugar in fruit is not an aging food. Most US adults are not moderate eaters, unfortunately.
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  3. GiGi Eats Celebrities May 1, 2014 at 7:44 am #

    Salmon is hands down, my anti-aging trick :)
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  4. Donna May 1, 2014 at 9:37 am #

    Cran-raspberry! Those look fantastic. I’m a baker, so I do eat sugar, but within moderation. I work out frequently and am always interested in products that will help me maintain my health and my lifestyle. Great post and thanks for the information!
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    • KymberlyFunFit May 2, 2014 at 10:15 pm #

      The main sugar villain lies within processed foods. The sneaky sugars are in foods we would not think of having as much sugar as they really do. (Cereal, processed breads, for example). Frances mentioned in the radio interview that sugar added to recipes is something to pay attention to, but not to ban. Happy baking
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  5. Yum Yucky May 1, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    hehe. I just got the “is that your sister” thang the other day. Always make me smile. Cigarettes have got to be the worst. Making people look like saggy raisin faces in their 30’s.
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  6. Caryn/The Mid Life Guru May 1, 2014 at 2:00 pm #

    Sugar is going to age me but broccoli, strawberries (they are red) and blueberries are going to save me. thanks for sharing these reminders.
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  7. Jody - Fit at 56 May 2, 2014 at 10:59 am #

    Ummmmmmmmmmmmmmm, never going to stop the coffee! :)
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  8. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta May 2, 2014 at 11:10 am #

    No! I need my caffeine, having given up or reduced the other 4 bad things. I’m glad red food is good for you. I love my tomatoes and red peppers.

    The cran-raspberry sounds delicious. Always loved that combination.
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  9. Amy @ So There. by Amy May 2, 2014 at 2:12 pm #

    Thanks for sharing all this great info.
    I have been super into flax and chia seeds for awhile now. They have so many health benefits!

  10. Chloe Jeffreys May 2, 2014 at 9:49 pm #

    I’m at a conference which means I’m eating and drinking a whole lotta no-nos. It is hard to be good when traveling.
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  11. KymberlyFunFit May 2, 2014 at 10:09 pm #

    Traveling for sure takes a toll on good habits. Maybe think of eating certain foods as healthy or not healthy, and take away the moral aspect. I’ll bet you are always a good person even if you eat more unhealthy foods than usual when on the road. Hot tip – drink more water than usual!
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  12. Karen of MrsLookingGood May 2, 2014 at 10:26 pm #

    Thanks for stopping over my blog!

    You definitely make sense and everything you say is correct. The challenge (for me) is following through. The foods to avoid are the most tempting and some you can’t live without. It’s a tough battle for everyone and you just need to soldier on.

  13. Kathy @ SMART Living May 3, 2014 at 9:51 am #

    Definitely good advice and especially important for some people at certain ages. But what I find works the best for me is what I call “right-sizing” your diet. If you don’t like what you do, resist it and are especially stressed out because of it, you won’t do it. So I strive to find out what suits my body type and my personality type and do that. To me it is most important to stay awake and aware to that!
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  14. Julie May 3, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

    Sugar and alcohol in moderation isn’t that hard. But since I run 4 businesses, 16 hours a day, not having caffeine would turn me into a zombie. So, does the good list help cancel out the bad one?
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  15. Surya Tejaswini May 5, 2014 at 1:40 am #

    Hei the two lists seem really cool dear. I would love to add these red foods from now itself. Hope i future people will ask me ” Is that your elder sister , if i am her mother”…….. :). It is quite necessary for all of us to know what to avoid too. Knowing what to eat alone is not at all sufficient. Knowing what not to eat is also required….. :)
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