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Nutrition and longevity: Grandma turns 100!

My grandmother is a remarkable woman for a multitude of reasons. One of which, is living to be 100 years old. In honour of her 100th birthday celebrations last weekend, I decided to interview her for this week’s post. Obviously she did something right to live this long, and to still be in such good health. Here is what she had to say when I asked her about her nutrition:

  • Because she grew up during the Depression (& they had no money for meat), she has always eaten a lot of vegetables. She was fortunate to have always grown many of her own veggies (& still does!) – so they are full of nutrients and organic!

  • She says she only chooses “good food”: meaning whole foods, and nothing processed.

  • She has eaten oatmeal for breakfast for as long as I can remember. She soaks it overnight in water and a pinch of salt.

  • I have many memories of raspberry picking with my grandmother over the years. Berries (especially blueberries) are still the only fruits she eats.

  • Funny enough, I learned this weekend that she eats 2-3 brazil nuts a day! Who knew?! I told her that I had recently done a post on them.

  • My grandmother is always hungry in the evenings (guess it runs in the family!), so has yogurt every night before bed.

  • To drink? Hot water (& sometimes red wine on special occasions).

  • In terms of supplements, she takes: vitamin D (high doses), iron and vitamin C together (to metabolize better), B-complex, calcium/magnesium.

My grandmother says that above all, the secret to a long, happy, and healthy live is lots of laughter, singing and dancing (all of which she does every single day around the house!). And did I mention that she danced until 3am at her own 100th birthday party last week?? She only left the dance floor because we were all tired and had to go home to bed. 😊

Happy birthday, Grandma. Love you to the moon and back.


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