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5. Introduction to Nutrition



Welcome to the fifth Forever Young Club article called “Introduction To Nutrition”. There is a link to a short video above which covers the same content, so you have a choice of reading the article or watching the video, or both.

Do you ever wonder about how we got to where we are today when it comes to the increasing prevalence of overweight and obesity? Some 70 % of Americans are considered overweight or obese and here in Europe, Ireland and the United Kingdom are fighting neck and neck to be the most obese country by 2030 according to the World Health Organisation. It is actually very hard to get your head around the numbers projected to be overweight or obese by 2030:

  • Men – 89%
  • Women – 85%

Of course, these projections will have very serious implications for our health because there is a direct correlation between overweight and obesity and major health problems including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and cancer. The number of people suffering from dementia which includes Alzheimer’s is expected to triple within 30 years and there is a reason these diseases are increasingly referred to as type 3 diabetes.

Root Causes

As mentioned in the Physical Health core article, these health problems are the proximal causes of premature death. The root causes are the decisions we make and actions we take every day. Physical activity and moving throughout the day are important but it’s what we put into our body, what we eat and what we drink that really matters.


I’m often asked which is more important, exercise or nutrition? While I’ve always known that you cannot be truly healthy without physical activity, it’s only in recent years that I’ve learnt just how important our nutrition really is. So given the extent of our health problems referred to above, I’m convinced that for most of us, our nutrition is the elephant in the room. However, pay attention to both physical activity and nutrition simultaneously and you’ll turbocharge your chances of success. That is why developing an active, healthy, sustainable lifestyle is such an important part of the Forever Young Club.

Enjoyable and Sustainable Nutrition

Over the years I have learnt that you have to really enjoy your food for it to be sustainable in the long term. That is why diets don’t work. It’s hard to describe what you should do in one short article and that’s why Nutrition is one of our 6 article categories. You can look forward to lots of great information about enjoyable and sustainable nutrition as a member of the Forever Young Club. However, there are 5 key things you can and should start doing today:

  • Eat fresh, whole food which is always in its original form e.g. fruit, vegetables, eggs, nuts, meat, seeds, beans, fish.
  • Minimise the junk and processed [manufactured] food in your diet.
  • Read food labels and know what you’re eating; too may ingredients is not good.
  • Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.
  • Reduce the amount of sugar you eat and drink.

Your Comments/Questions

We’d love to hear what you think of this article on Nutrition. Please leave your comments below and let us know if you have any questions. If you prefer, please feel free to email me at


  1. Suggest you sign up and look at an app called Noom! It is an app helping people to learn about and think differently about how and what they eat and does not require any diet to help people lose weight.

  2. Hi Pat, delighted to be part of Pilot study. I have just completed day 30 of Keto diet and feel wonderful. By eating as you suggested I have shed 8lbs and have regained my shape. The Keto allows you to eat to be full and does not spike insulin with sugar. It maybe a suggestion for people to take a look at in your study.

    • Hi Eileen that’s wonderful! Thanks for signing up; it promises to be a great experience. Love to hear about your Keto experience; sounds like there is a learning here for the Pilot Study!! Best wishes.Pat

      • I have been following Dr Eric Berg on Facebook watch and he is also on YouTube. He does all the science stuff to back up the Keto Diet and Intermittent Fasting. I am sure the wonderful Professor Luke O’Neill will do likewise.

        • Yeah Eric is great so you have a great source there! Luke is very good too but look out for our first article next week; it’s a bit controversial.


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