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Last year they had a Beyoncé/Jay-Z menu: this year, Brucie in Brooklyn is going with a Kimye theme

Hopefully the prix fixe prices are not Kim and Kanye-themed, or else most people wouldn’t be able to afford it.

This Valentine’s Day, don’t be surprised if someone interrupts your candlelit meal right before dessert and says, “Wait, wait. Imma let you finish, but Brucie had the best Valentine’s Day menu of all time!” Brucie, a modern Italian restaurant in the Cobble Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn is offering a Kim Kardashian and Kanye West-themed prix fixe menu for Valentine’s Day this year, apparently in attempt to out-do the Beyoncé/Jay-Z Valentine’s Day dinner the restaurant offered last year. We know, we know; nothing says romance like paying homage to the Hollywood couple that people love to hate.

According to Brucie’s website: “Kim rejoices as Brooklyn restaurant dedicates Valentine's Day menu to the sexy star and her bad boy rapper hubby!!!!” There’s no word on whether Ms. Kardashian is aware of the Brucie menu, which has both a “Kim” and “Kanye” section. If you decide on the Kim menu, you’ll get five courses including the sticky rice balls (made with kim-chi of course), and stuffed kalimari (which may or may not be different than calamari). The Kanye menu includes the, "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy" (squid ink tagliatelle), and the “Imma Let You Finish” (a Yeezcake, course). You and your lover can also share the North West for two (Pacific Northwest salmon).

Get the full menu and make your reservation here.


But perhaps you missed one or two things that crept across the transom of travel, or that wonderful region of pop culture therein.

Here we will break down some of the more amazing stories we covered this week, which include some things that question whether we are truly living in reality or some form of the Matrix.

Let’s just say this is the week we discovered dogs can learn to ride public transportation all on their own.

Google Translate gets a facelift:

Google Translate rolled out a feature that allows its users to translate foreign signs on the fly, ushering in an era we only dreamed of enjoying.

Patrick Stewart shows us annoying:

We have all been there: a plane passenger nearby can’t stop talking or, worse yet, can’t stop kicking our chair.

If you have been fortunate enough to stave off annoying neighbors, Stewart shows us in great detail what its like.

Seattle dog rides Seattle bus…alone:

You didn’t read that subtitle incorrectly. A Seattle dog is quite fond of riding the D Line to its favorite dog park where it greets its owner.

You can have all the Grumpy Cats in the world we say the true hero is the dog who braves the intricacies of public transportation on a weekly basis.

Dine on Kimye fare:

The same restaurant that brought you a Beyonce-themed menu for Valentine’s Day 2014, Brucie, is doing something similar in 2015.

This year its diners will be able to choose from one of two $100 prix fixe dinners that are dedicated to Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.

Sometimes we think the world we live in is a melodrama we might argue it’s actually a comedy.

Mariah Carey heads to Las Vegas:

Mariah Carey announced amid great fervor that she would hold a residency in Las Vegas, performing concerts at Caesars Palace.

While this news was enough to garner headlines, it was enough for some fans to lose that precious melon that sits atop their head.

Here she is giving away tickets to fans, blowing the minds of every last audience member of the Ellen DeGeneres Show in the process.

Amazing discovery:

Happening upon an old rifle is one thing, but finding an 1873 Winchester repeating rifle at Great Basin National Park where it was presumably sitting for decades is quite another.

The jury is still out on how this rifle came to sit next to a tree for so many years, so join the masses and speculate with your wildest guess.

And the beautiful shall inherit a free meal:

Beautiful people have it rough. They have to endure envious stares, look good in whatever they wear and get a free meal at a restaurant in China.

The Telegraph’s Tom Phillips reports Jeju Island restaurant in Zhengzhou has a rather unorthodox deal for its more attractive clientele. Those who are scanned by their imaging system and deemed to be the most beautiful on a given day by their team of “officials” get a free meal. We ordinary folk still need to bring a wallet.

And that is just the best of the bunch of a wild week. The best part is that we get to wake up and watch similar stories unfold this week.

Now if you spot any wacky stories throughout the world please share it with the peanut gallery. The only thing worse than Kardashian getting her own menu is keeping all the good stuff to yourself.


Here's How to Make That Salad the Kardashians Are Always Eating

The Kardashian empire has given us everything from beauty lines, top-notch memes, and endless hours of guilty-pleasure reality TV. But as the show comes to an end after 20 seasons, it seems their impact on the food world is summed up in a single dish (or plastic bowl rather): the Kardashian Salad.

If you’ve seen a single episode of KUWTK, it is very likely you’ve seen the sisters shaking the life out of their giant salad bowls, or munching on lettuce through deep conversations about vacations to Maui or the latest family wedding. Fans have seen this staple meal for years, and finally we have an answer to the question, What the heck is in that salad??

The Kardashians’ go-to bowl comes from a local health food restaurant called Health Nut, which the Kardashians have been frequenting for years. Surprisingly, this is a pretty casual neighborhood spot, selling their signatures salads and wraps for just over $10.

The most common order from the Kardashian crew is the Chinese Chicken Salad. The salad is made up of chopped romaine lettuce, shredded chicken breast, shredded carrots, pickled ginger, chow mein noodles, and a creamy sesame dressing. If you don’t trust any old dressing you find in stores to mimic the same Kardashian salad flavor, you can actually order the exact dressing (called The Sesame) from the Health Nut website. To assemble, all you have to do is combine all of the above ingredients in the bowl or container of your choosing, and get to munching.

By the way, I have to give them credit—their signature salad shake probably is the best method for achieving ideal dressing coverage.

To complete the order, the sisters often add a Mango Iced Greentini, which is a refreshing combo of green tea, mango, and honey powder. It also happens to be the restaurant&aposs most popular drink.

So, what did I think? The first time I tried making my own version of the salad at home, I thought, “Huh, pretty tasty. Probably not good enough to eat again, but good flavor and texture.” However, as the week went on, and I found all the ingredients left in my fridge, I began to make it again and again and again. Before I knew it, I had eaten this salad 4 NIGHTS IN A ROW. And you should know, I am the furthest thing from a salad person.

The Chinese Chicken Salad worked its magic powers over me, and somehow I ate this salad on repeat without ever getting bored or fatigued. The shredded chicken had enough protein to keep me full, while the crunch of the chow mein noodles offered enough texture to feel satisfying. Even without the exact dressing (I used this creamy sesame from Whole Foods), I was hooked. All that to say, I finally understand how the Kardashians can eat the same salad for almost the entirety of a 20-season TV show.

Now please excuse me while I go buy more lettuce and rotisserie chicken to make dinner tonight.


[UPDATE] Kim Kardashian And Kanye West Brought Their Kids To The Cheesecake Factory Two Nights In A Row

Fresh off the news that Kim and Kanye are basically Cheesecake Factory fanatics, a Dayton, Ohio, mom has gone viral for taking a perfect picture of Kanye on his second night of fine CF dining. Observe:

Here&rsquos Kanye West looking at my mom while she takes a picture of him pic.twitter.com/YKa4wA2mj2

&mdash KAYLA (@Martens_kayla) August 24, 2019

"We were seated near the back entrance, and all of a sudden we noticed a lot of activity with security folks moving in and out the back door," Daniel Rizer told TODAY Food of the picture his wife Andrea Rhodes took. "We looked outside and saw a large, black SUV and a gathering crowd. We asked our waiter what was going on, and he said, 'Kim and Kanye are back.'"

Rizer says his wife was taking the picture for her daughter Kayla when he took a photo of her, but the pic is too perfect for it not to have been fun for everyone involved. Kayla was the one to eventually post the picture of Andrea taking the picture of Kanye, BTW.

Anyway. Here's hoping Kanye and KKW take up residency in a Cheesecake Factory so we can have lots of fun photos like this in the near future.

ORIGINAL POST: August 28, 2019

Apparently, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West woke up this week and decided, 'Hey, why not be relatable for once?' The reality tv maven and her rapper hubs took their older kids North and Saint for not one, but TWO Cheesecake Factory outings. Can't say I've blame them. You've had the brown bread, right?

The restaurant confirmed the couple's consecutive weekend visits to PEOPLE. According to the outlet, they dined on several menu favorites, including the chain's Fresh Strawberry Cheesecake.

But we already knew as much, because fans spotted the Kardashian-West brood and promptly documented it all on social media. One user snapped a shot of her mom trying (and failing) to sneak a shot of Kanye. Outfitted in a mustard hoodie and dark shades, West caught eyes with the observer as he strolled in.

"Here's Kanye West looking at my mom while she takes a picture of him," the user wrote on Twitter. The mom in question shared her photo evidence too, including a close-up of Kim. "I wasn't wearing any pants either that day! Go figure!" she said of Kardashian's outfit. Ugh! Gotta love a good mom joke!

Here&rsquos Kanye West looking at my mom while she takes a picture of him pic.twitter.com/YKa4wA2mj2

&mdash KAYLA (@Martens_kayla) August 24, 2019

Following the meal, Kanye held tight to North and Kim carted Saint as they were directed back to their car by a security detail. The pair was visiting Dayton, Ohio for a special Sunday Service at Dave Chapelle's Gem City Shine benefit. The event was hosted in honor of the August 4th mass shooting victims.


Stephen Colbert and Sturgill Simpson

Stephen Colbert grew up eating at Waffle Houses in South Carolina, but he only recently discovered that the restaurant chain had its own music label and has since become obsessed with writing a song that would play on its jukeboxes. Enter Sturgill Simpson, the country singer, who helped Colbert write “Waffle House,” a song that can now be played on jukeboxes in Waffle House.


Kanye's 8 Craziest Food Habits

Kanye West is good at a lot of things&mdashselling out football stadium-size concerts, starting feuds with Taylor Swift, wearing (and somehow pulling off) insane outfits, busting out Twitter rants in a matter of seconds, and dominating the VMAs with long and winding speeches.

But apparently one of his hidden talents is choosing the most ridiculous snacks and drinks while on tour and hanging out at home. Here are his craziest culinary habits:

1. He keeps boozy slushie machines on the tour bus.

Yeezy keeps not one but two slushie machines on hand at all times while on tour. One dispenses Hennessy and Coke and the other a Grey Goose-spiked lemonade. Because frozen drinks are refreshing as hell, amirite?

2. He drops serious cash on Sour Skittles.

On a recent trip to Dylan's Candy Bar, Ye spent $200 on Sour Skittles, Gobstoppers, Rainbow Nerds Rope, Peachie-O's, Sour Octopus, and lollipops. Let's hope he shared with North.

3. He's low key obsessed with Mickey D's.

KANYE WROTE A RAP ABOUT MCDONALDS FOR FRANK'S MAGAZINE, IM DEAD pic.twitter.com/qdr2Ub2YNs

&mdash t.j. debtforgiver (@duddersj) August 21, 2016

Kanye wrote a poem for Frank Ocean's magazine, Boys Don't Cry, that was dedicated to McDonald's. Our favorite line? "I knew the McNuggets was jealous of the fries / Even the McRib was jealous of the fries"

4. He orders fries and frostys at Wendy's.

Kanye and Kim at the Wendy in Philly on 15th and Chestnut on Friday. pic.twitter.com/AuPe0Fujiu

&mdash Mimi & Nat (@KimYeUpdates) November 16, 2013

5. He hits Waffle House for double dates.

Kimye was spotted at Waffle House alongside fellow power couple Chrissy Teigen and John Legend.

6. He really, really, *really* likes chips.

We're not sure which is his favorite, but it's gotta be a tie between Fritos and Doritos. Because his verse on Weezy's "Lollipop" makes way too many references for this to not be true. "Tell her friends, 'Like Fritos, I'm trying to lay. / Tell a girl like Doritos, that's nacho cheese."

7. Kanye loves ice cream almost as much as Kanye loves Kanye.

Almost. But seriously, though, he's happy as hell with that cone.

8. He can't get enough of Chipotle.

Guaaaaac guac guac guac. Wait 'til I get my money right.

&mdash Chipotle (@ChipotleTweets) June 18, 2016

Kanye loves the chain so much so that he turned fellow hip hop artist Big Sean onto their burrito bowls while working on Graduation. That also explains why he added a line about the Tex-Mex restaurant to Schoolboy Q's "THat Part": "Beggars can't be chooser, b----, this ain't Chipotle"

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Every Single (Weird) Update on Kim and Kanye’s Mysterious Divorce Proceedings

In case you hadn’t noticed, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are getting divorced right in time for the premiere of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. And while Kimye hasn’t commented on their relationship status, TMZ says Kim filed for divorce and there have been approximately one million chatty sources, several Instagram clues, and some pretty obvious signs that Kanye has packed up his stuff (stuff = 500 pairs of sneakers) and moved out of their Calabasas “modern monastery” mansion. Honestly, there’s a lot going on and updates break every day, so we went ahead and put it all in one place for ya: this timeline.

Quick note though—this is in reverse chronological order so that you get the most hot-off-the-press info first! If you want to start from day one, then go back, back to the beginning, and scroll right on down.

February 19, 2021

TMZ and E! News both report that Kim has officially filed for divorce, so there you have it.

The docs reportedly say Kim is asking for joint legal and physical custody of the couple's four kids, and sources tell the outlet Kanye and Kim are both cool with this.

February 18, 2021

Multiple reports drop about how Kim and Kanye are coping with the divorce proceedings, and things sound pretty amicable, all things considered.

A source tells Entertainment Tonight that “Kim and Kanye are trying their best to keep their relationship issues a private matter, especially for the sake of the kids,” adding, “Kim is extremely stressed out right now between taking care of their children, studying to become a lawyer, and figuring out her situation with Kanye in the best way possible for both their kids and for him and his mental state.”

People interviews a separate insider, who says Kanye’s having some trouble with the split because he really does love Kim. “Kanye is not doing well. He is anxious and very sad. He knows that the marriage is over and there’s nothing that can be done right now. He also knows what he is losing in Kim.”

The source adds, “There is very little hope of reconciliation. It would have to be a miracle. But Kanye does believe in miracles.”

February 12, 2021

To the surprise of literally no one, reports say Kim and Kanye will not be spending Valentine’s Day together this year.

“Kim is great,” People reports. “She has a Valentine’s Day celebration planned with her kids and family. She likes to make it special for the kids. She doesn’t have any contact with Kanye. It’s obvious that she is just focused on the future.”

February 3, 2021

Page Six reveals that Kanye has moved his personal items out of his and Kim’s Calabasas home—including 500 pairs of sneakers. He made sure to move his belongings while Kim was on vacation because “they both felt it would be less dramatic without both of them in the house.”

That same day, People reports that Kim and Kanye “have no contact,” and get this: Their source reveals that “her issues with Kanye are a big part of the final season of Keeping Up With the Kardashians” and she will likely “file for divorce when the season has aired.”

Anyway, not to be outdone, Entertainment Tonight also drops a new report with a source saying, “Neither Kim nor Kanye are interested in dating anyone at this time.”

February 2, 2021

Fans notice that Kim’s brand-new Skims showroom is literally Kanye West’s old closet, which he showed David Letterman during a Netflix special. So yeah, looks like his stuff is officially gone:

February 1, 2021

Kim drops a bikini pic from vacation that features a pair of Yeezys, making a pretty clear statement that she and Kanye are on good terms:

January 27, 2021

Us Weekly reports that Kim has been working with “her financial advisers to figure out an exit plan that would be best for her whole family.” Here’s what the source said:

“Kim has had all of her and Kanye’s financials and properties ready to be split—it’s a very fair deal for everyone. Kim has all of her assets and financials ready for when she decides to file officially. Friends thought she was going to file in September, but she’s holding out. That does not mean that everything behind the scenes is already done.”

January 19, 2021

Page Six answers the question on everyone’s mind: Yep, Kimye’s divorce will be on KUWTK. Straight from

“The Kardashians intend to go out with a bang. They’ve filmed Kim discussing her marriage problems. But everybody involved is on a nondisclosure agreement, because the finale won’t screen until later in 2021.”

Meanwhile, Kanye apparently “understands Kim’s side has to spin that she is sick of him. In reality, he’s been sick of being involved with [the] Kardashians for a long while. Especially her mother, who looms large in all big decisions she makes.”

Truly . but there’s even more: Kanye also “is quite familiar with what the Kardashian public relations machine is capable of and thinks it’s funny that her team is blaming his presidential run on the marriage disintegration.”

January 18, 2021

People reports that Kimye have “completely” stopped their counseling sessions and that Kanye “is talking to divorce lawyers this week.”

January 14, 2021

E! News reports that “Kim and Kanye have no bad blood and they are very cordial. He’s focusing on his world and she is focusing on her world.” The source also says that “Kim wants to feel at peace going into this new chapter of her life and is focused on herself and her children.” In terms of how the rest of the family feels, the source says, “All of the sisters are aware of the situation and are very supportive. They all love Kanye like a brother but agree it’s best they part ways.”

January 8, 2021

Fans notice that Kim deleted a photo of herself sans ring that was initially posted on January 5. Since the internet never forgets, here ya go!

January 6, 2021

In an attempt to shed light on what’s happening, even, an Us Weekly source says, “Kanye is jealous of the amount of time Kim has dedicated to prison reform and the kids. Kanye wanted the family to move to Wyoming full-time. It’s where he sees this direction of his life going. Kim just doesn’t see their lives full-time in Wyoming.”

The source also says that Kimye have been in marriage counseling but “haven’t had a joint session together in a while.”

January 5, 2021

The day it all goes down! Page Six comes outta left field and drops a lengthy report that Kim and Kanye are getting divorced, with multiple sources confirming that “divorce is imminent” and Kim had hired attorney Laura Wasser. A source also claims that Kanye “is completely over the entire family” and finds KUWTK “unbearable.” Okay.

After several breathless hours, an E! (home of KUWTK) source confirms that yep, Kimye are done—Kim just hasn’t filed yet.

“Kim wants to make sure she’s making the right decision for the kids. It’s gotten to the point where they haven’t spent time together as a married couple in months. They’ve seen each other for the sake of the kids but have been living separately. Kim knows the marriage is over. She’s known for a while.”

Meanwhile, a bunch of other sources start doing the most, with People’s insider confirming Kanye is “sad but okay” and someone telling Us Weekly that Kimye “had a big fight in early December.”

December 22, 2020

Kim posts a picture of herself on vacation in Lake Tahoe. Go ahead and zoom in, ’cause her engagement ring? Missing.

You love all the nitty-gritty deets on celeb gossip. So do we. Let’s overanalyze them together. ✔️

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What it is, though, is life-saving."Get preventative tests, as well as tests that show you what imbalances you may have internally that you may not even know about. These tests show information that traditional medical lab draws do not, like nutrient balance, metabolism rate, detailed hormonal pathways, gastrointestinal status for proper gut health, and heavy metal toxicity," says Maggie Berghoff, FNP-C, a family nurse practitioner. "When you know this information, you can heal and rewire the body to perform at optimal function, preventing any disease or nagging symptoms. These tests are specialty functional medicine tests and include blood draws or at-home collections of stool, saliva, or hair. You can reach out to a functional medicine practitioner to have them ordered and interpreted." 2 Start taking probiotics There's no better time than now to add probiotics into your life. 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That includes heart disease, diabetes, and different types of cancer. 13 Eliminate Inflammation For many people, anti-inflammatory health coach Jenny Carr, author of Peace of Cake: The Secret to an Anti-Inflammatory Diet, says experiencing an increase in fatigue, hormonal imbalance, weight gain, brain fog, or subtle digestive disorders, among other symptoms, are due to one culprit: the build-up of inflammation in your body. Unfortunately, not addressing these issues could lead to something worse down the line. Chronic inflammation has been linked to many life-threatening problems."Over time these subtle low-lying symptoms can turn into major life-altering illnesses, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and more," Carr says. "The key to living disease free after 40, or any age for that matter, is to melt away the inflammation. By doing so, you can begin to reverse symptoms in your body that impact you from living day to day life of your dreams." Heal your gut, prevent disease, and slow aging with a book like The 14-Day Anti-Inflammatory Diet. 14 Spark Joy Sure, eating a healthy diet is important in fighting off disease. One thing most people don't realize is just as important, though, is reducing the things that don't bring you joy and instead focusing on your happiness."Find ways to reduce stress in life. Delete the things that cause tension and stress and increase those things that bring happiness," says Brian Greenberg, MD, board-certified allergist/immunologist with 1MD. "Spend as much time as possible doing the things you love and being with the people you love. Keep your big dreams alive and pursue them with vigor. Stay vital and useful." 15 Limit Refined Carbs As delicious as white flour, white bread, pastries, and white pasta are, it's time to cut down on refined carbs once and for all. "It's increasingly clear that refined carbs and sugars drive many chronic diseases. They cause us to gain weight, which leads to elevations in blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease," Dr. Favini says. When you replace the refined junk with vegetables, fruit, and other wholesome options, you'll feel better and be healthier. 16 Savor The Right Oils Cooking with oil is a given. How can you not when it makes everything taste better? When you do use it, just make sure you're choosing the right kind. While trans fats and oils high in saturated fat like coconut, palm kernel, and cottonseed oil are no-gos, the Cleveland Clinic says using plant-based oils that contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats in moderation—like extra-virgin olive oil, avocado oil, flaxseed oil, and walnut oil—can help reduce heart disease. 17 Appreciate Food How often do you eat a meal without watching your favorite TV show? The next time you make yourself dinner, ditch the couch and remote and instead sit at the table. It's a small change, but it can make a big difference in your well-being."More and more we're learning that how we eat affects our health—not just what we eat," Dr. Fenster says. "Another recent study demonstrated that people perceive food as tasting better—and lower their inflammatory markers—when they take a moment to appreciate their food with whatever means or ritual they prefer." 18 Sleep Enough Most of the times, the things you need to do to prevent disease involve a lot of work. But sleeping does wonders for your body and it hardly requires any effort at all."Sleep affects our health in so many ways," Zeitlin says. "There are two main ways it helps fight diseases. First, it's how our body naturally combats stress and anxiety by reducing our levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), which contributes to inflammation. Second, getting enough sleep helps you maintain a healthy weight. People who are overweight or obese have added stress on their bodies, which puts them at greater risk for heart disease and diabetes. Aim to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night to help boost your long-term health."RELATED: 9 Everyday Habits That Might Lead to Dementia, Say Experts 19 Manage Your Wellness One thing to keep in mind is that it's easier to take the steps to stay healthy and disease-free now than it is trying to get better once you're already sick. To stay feeling your best, Dr. Lamm says to prioritize your well-being sooner than later."Wellness is not the absence of illness. You should be actively managing your wellness, not just reacting to illness," he says. "The keys to wellness are sleep, stress management, exercise, and nutrition. By managing these, you'll achieve the base parameters of health." 20 Don't Slack on Oral Hygiene Your teeth don't seem like they would have a lot to do with your overall health, but they do. According to Harvard Medical School, those with gum disease have two to three times the risk of having heart issues, whether that's a heart attack, stroke, or another life-threatening event. The thought is that gum disease increases inflammation in the body, leading to other health problems. Even though more research still needs to be done, it's only going to benefit you in the long run to brush and floss every day. 21 Rethink Exercise While it's important to get in the recommended amount of exercise each week, Dr. Kreitenberg says that doesn't always have to involve going to the gym. Your 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise can also be things you wouldn't typically think of as exercise."An active lifestyle is crucial in maintaining proper health and wellbeing," he says. "Examples of moderate intensity exercise include light biking, gardening, and brisk walking. Even light aerobic activity—such as casual walking—is better than a sedentary lifestyle. Physical exercise is important to maintain not only cardiovascular health, but also joint health. It's important, however, to increase the intensity of your exercise over time to avoid injury." 22 Pour a Glass of Red Wine This is certainly a doctor-approved recommendation to cheers to. If you don't currently drink alcohol, Fenster says not to start now for health reasons. "But if you currently imbibe, 1 to 2 glasses per day appears to confer a wide range of health benefits," he notes. The antioxidants in red wine could even help prevent coronary artery disease.RELATED: The #1 Reason You Could Get Cancer, According to Science 23 Flush Your System Water isn't just important for fueling your body and helping you stay energized throughout your day. It's also key to eliminating inflammation that can cause multiple different health issues."Eliminating inflammation may sound like a simple solution, but knowing what steps to take in order to help your cells regenerate as you grow young instead of old—one of the benefits of anti-inflammatory living—can be confusing," Carr says. "Start with water. Drink loads of it—up to a gallon per day for adults—as the fastest method to push inflammation from your body." 24 Drink in Moderation A glass of wine here and there is one thing. But if you find yourself getting buzzed on the regular, it's time to put down the booze and reach for a glass of water instead."Stick to a moderate intake of alcohol, which—in past research—was measured as between 5 and 15 grams per day for women, and 5 to 30 grams per day for men," Dr. Tello says. Generally, one drink contains about 14 grams of pure alcohol. That's 12 ounces of regular beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits."RELATED: This Supplement Can Raise Your Heart Attack Risk, Experts Say 25 Actually Reduce Your Stress Stress comes from all different sources, and none of it's good on your body. By taking a little extra time every day to focus on fighting it off, you'll notice a change in the way you feel. Especially since letting it build up has been linked to everything from heart disease and cancer to depression and anxiety."Individuals that are able to manage their stress tend to be happier and healthier," Kreitenberg says. "Stress not only affects one's mood, but also can have profound health ramifications. Stress can lead to poor sleep, weight gain, heart disease and an impaired immune system. Steps one can take to reduce and better manage their stress includes: eating right, regular exercise, meditation, proper sleep and maintaining a positive outlook on life. 26 Talk to Humans With technology, these days you probably talk to your friends through text or messaging more than you actually do in person. Make it your goal to start being a little more extroverted and taking those conversations into real life."Talk to people," Fenster says. "The Harvard Happiness study confirms that the single most important variable in determining the length of our lives and the quality of our health is the quality of our relationships with each other. A lot of Instagram likes is no substitute for a real human relationship. A loving relationship remains the best health investment." 27 Unstick Yourself From Sugar Sugar isn't always the enemy: fruit has plenty of it, but it's a wholesome source. The white stuff you buy on store shelves, on the other hand, isn't in the slightest."Eating too much sugar has been linked to almost every disease that your diet can play a role in, so keeping it in check is crucial for healthy living," Zeitlin says. "Be mindful of how frequently you are indulging in those cookies, donuts, cupcakes, muffins, and other baked goods, plus the pastas, bagels, cold cereals, and candy. And ditch those sneaky sugars like juices, sodas, bottled dressings, and fat-free foods that are high in sugar to make up for the flavor." 28 Go Cuckoo for Cacao There's no reason to pass up eating chocolate as dessert. You just need to choose the right kind. If you ditch sugar-packed milk chocolate and instead go for dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cacao, you'll get some heart-helping antioxidants in every bite. An 11-year-long study of nearly 21,000 people published in the journal Heart found those who ate the most dark chocolate had lower rates of dying from cardiovascular disease than those who didn't eat it at all.RELATED: I'm A Doctor And Warn You Never Take This Supplement 29 Mix and Match If you're not currently hitting up the gym or an exercise class on a regular basis, start adding some sessions into your schedule. And don't be afraid to switch things up. According to Favini, getting a mix of aerobic exercise, high-intensity interval training, and anaerobic exercise is a great way to fight off disease."Getting your exercise makes a huge difference. Regular exercise in your 40s continues to have benefits into your golden years, even if you aren't still exercising when you hit 70," he says. "Try to get 150 minutes per week of aerobic exercise or high-intensity interval training and spend at least one day's effort on something that improves your strength, balance and flexibility, like yoga or Pilates." 30 Eat Mostly Plants If you're struggling with eating healthy, there's one main thing to keep in mind: Stick to mostly plants and you'll be just fine."Research shows that a diet high in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthy protein and low in refined grains, added sugars, and red and processed meats is associated with a lower risk of both heart disease and cancer," Tello says. "The American Cancer Society's nutrition guidelines for cancer prevention and the American Heart Association's nutrition guidelines for heart disease prevention are essentially the same. Eat mostly plants (meaning fruits and vegetables), aim for plant proteins (like beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds), and eat whole grains (like brown rice, quinoa, and corn) instead of refined grains."RELATED: The #1 Cause of Obesity, According to Science 31 Stop Smoking Already. If there's one way to stay disease-free that every expert ever will agree on, it's to avoid smoking. And if you already do smoke, quit immediately. No nicotine rush is worth risking your life for."Individuals that smoke die nearly 10 years earlier than non-smokers with nearly 7 million people worldwide dying from tobacco-related deaths yearly," Kreitenberg says. "Smoking increases one's risk for cardiovascular disease—such as heart attack and stroke—as well as chronic lung diseases, such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It's also a significant health risk for many types of cancer, including lung, bladder, and mouth and throat, among others. With regard to vaping, in my expert opinion, it's also not recommended—we're not clear on its long-term risks. We're fortunate today to have many interventions to assist in smoking cessation, such as nicotine patches, medications, and support groups." 32 Know Your Family History In your 40s and beyond, it becomes increasingly important to know your family history and to provide your doctor with all the information you can. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), having a history of chronic disease in your family could increase your risk of developing it too, whether that's cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, or heart disease. If your doctor knows, they can not only watch out for any signs and symptoms, but also give you the tools you need to stay healthy and prevent them the best you can. 33 Swaps Smart in the Kitchen You know sugar is bad for you, but that doesn't mean you can't still have some sweet stuff here and there. The key is to make healthier swaps—especially when it comes to some of the top inflammatory foods that can wreak havoc on your body. Sugar included."Begin to swap out some of the top inflammatory foods for options that taste similar but don't inflame," Carr says. "For example, swapping out processed sugar for raw honey, unrefined coconut sugar, pure maple syrup, or raw agave are food swaps that not only taste great, but allow you to remove the number one most inflammatory food from your diet: processed sugar." To make the right food choice every time, visit Eat This, Not That! 34 Meditate. Daily. Meditation isn't some trend, or hippie hoo-haa. It's been proven time and time again to be a simple way to expand your lifespan by fighting off disease in the future, not to mention make you feel like your best self right now."Meditation has been scientifically linked to lower levels of stress and higher levels of mental performance and happiness," Favini says. "Staying healthy in your 40s and beyond typically requires balancing work and home life, family, friends, and financial stress. Having a regular meditation or mindfulness practice can be invaluable in staying on track with your health and may even help you realize more meaning in your day-to-day life." 35 Have More S-e-x Yep, you read that correctly. Spending more time in the bedroom has been shown to do your health some good. A study from the American Journal of Cardiology found an active sex life could help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. That's all the more reason to make sure you're spending alone time with your partner as often as possible. 36 Limit Your Salt There's a good chance you're overdoing it on sodium, and that could seriously harm your health. The American Heart Association recommends adults stick to a maximum of 2,300 mg of sodium a day, yet most Americans eat more than 3,400 mg a day. Not just from using the salt-shaker—also from all the sodium that's found in packaged foods and in restaurant dishes. In fact, a 2014 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found reducing sodium intake to the recommended levels could prevent 10 percent of the deaths caused by cardiovascular disease. 37 Date Over Dinner You get plenty of body-boosting vitamins and nutrients when you eat by yourself, but when you meet up with friends, you're also getting some feel-good hormones that fight off disease and benefit your mental health."Eat with friends. Community and connection are key to sustaining a long healthy life," Zeitlin says. "Time with the people who make us laugh and feel good releases feel-good hormones like serotonin, which is crucial in combating inflammation by suppressing cortisol. So spend time with the people who make you laugh and feel good over a (vegetable-packed) meal!"RELATED: Sure Signs You Had COVID and Didn't Know It 38 Say Buh-Bye to Butter (and Fatty Meats) There are many health problems you can avoid by ditching butter and fatty meat for good, from diabetes to heart disease. Especially when it comes to preventing dementia, where research shows your diet and lifestyle choices make all the difference."Dementia is a progressive, heartbreaking deterioration of brain functioning associated with aging. While there are different causes, the most common—Alzheimer's and vascular dementia—are now thought to be closely related to, and greatly impacted by, diet and lifestyle factors," Tello says. "The World Health Organization recommends avoiding toxic, inflammatory foods like processed grains (white flour, white rice), added sugar, sodium, and saturated fats like butter and fatty meat," Tello says. "Instead, eating a plant-based diet is crucial. There is substantial research evidence showing that eating a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and seafood is associated with a significantly lower risk of cognitive decline and dementia. This approach to eating is often referred to as the Mediterranean-style diet, but it can be adapted to any culture or cuisine." 39 Don't Skip Your Annual Physical If you're feeling healthy, you might not think there's a reason to head to your annual physical. But after 40, it's especially important to keep up with those appointments."Establishing care with a general practitioner or primary care physician is an integral part in maintaining yourself disease-free," Kreitenberg says. "A general practitioner is the so-called quarterback or coordinator of your overall medical health. 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Given how sick Americans seem, you might think disease is waiting for you on every doorknob, urinal, handshake and hamburger—one of life's inevitabilities. But in actuality, many diseases can be prevented. Past data has shown up to 40 percent of the 900,000 deaths in America every year didn't even need to happen.While you can't control everything, some of the most common culprits behind these health issues—including heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory diseases, and stroke—can be halted simply by making some positive changes in your life.To ensure you stay healthy for years to come, take some advice from the health experts who know best. From doctors to registered dietitians, these are the best ways to fight off disease. Read on—and to ensure your health and the health of others, don't miss these 19 Ways You're Ruining Your Body, Say Health Experts. 1 Get Preventative Tests Done Getting additional tests done while you're at the doctor isn't the most fun thing in the world. What it is, though, is life-saving."Get preventative tests, as well as tests that show you what imbalances you may have internally that you may not even know about. These tests show information that traditional medical lab draws do not, like nutrient balance, metabolism rate, detailed hormonal pathways, gastrointestinal status for proper gut health, and heavy metal toxicity," says Maggie Berghoff, FNP-C, a family nurse practitioner. "When you know this information, you can heal and rewire the body to perform at optimal function, preventing any disease or nagging symptoms. These tests are specialty functional medicine tests and include blood draws or at-home collections of stool, saliva, or hair. You can reach out to a functional medicine practitioner to have them ordered and interpreted." 2 Start taking probiotics There's no better time than now to add probiotics into your life. The "good" bacteria—which you can get from fermented foods like kimchi, yogurt, kombucha, and sauerkraut or supplements—give your gut health a boost, better helping you digest food. The Cleveland Clinic says they can also help prevent or treat certain diseases, including inflammatory bowel diseases, like Crohn's. 3 Challenge Your Mind When you were younger, you challenged your mind every day. As an adult, when's the last time you did something that really got your brain working? According to Harvard Medical School, there's some evidence that doing cognitively stimulating activities can help prevent Alzheimer's disease. So grab that crossword puzzle or a new book on a subject you've always been curious about. It will do your mind good. 4 Know Your Numbers If you can't remember the last time you got your blood pressure, BMI, or cholesterol checked, it's time to head to the doctor and fix that."We often see disease as complicated, but simply put, you will prevent 80% of all illnesses by adhering to three goals: Have a blood pressure under 130, have a BMI of 25 or less, and keep your cholesterol under 200," says Steven Lamm, MD, clinical professor of medicine and director of the Tisch Center for Men's Health at NYU Langone Health. "These three base parameters will lead to a healthier overall lifestyle for anyone." 5 Develop Your Support System Having people around you for love and support does more than make you feel great in the moment. It's also incredibly important for your health and well-being down the line. "Having a good work-life balance and a good support system is one way to increase your chances of staying healthy after 40," says Navya Mysore, MD, primary care at One Medical in New York City. "Spend more time with loved ones, like family and friends." When you have all those positive people around you to go to, you'll better cope with stress and keep your mood lifted. 6 Round Out Your Diet What your put in your body can greatly affect your ability to fight off disease. By making sure your diet is healthy and well-rounded, you'll be setting yourself up for a long, happy life."Our Western diet, containing a high percentage of processed foods, can unbeknownst to people cause a pro-inflammatory environment in their bodies. Diets that are high in sugars and fats and low in fruits and vegetables can increase inflammation in the body and place one at risk for the development of cardiovascular disease, diabetes mellitus, and even cancers," says Adam Kreitenberg, MD, board-certified rheumatologist with 1MD. "Focus on diets that are high in fruits and vegetables, nuts, berries, and fatty fish like salmon, which contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids. Foods to avoid are sugary soft drinks, red meat, white flour, and fried or fatty foods." 7 Don't Park So Close We get it—it's really tempting to park in that spot right in front of the grocery store. But by simply parking further away—and rethinking some of your other habits, too!—you'll set yourself up for a healthier future."Any form of increased activity is beneficial. Even parking at the end of the parking lot and walking to the store, mall, or whatever destination helps," says Michael Fenster, MD, board-certified cardiologist with 1MD. "A little each day really adds up. Recent research suggests as little as 10 minutes a day of activity can yield substantial benefits." 8 Tune into Turmeric You know that bright yellow powder sitting on your spice rack? You might want to start incorporating it into more of your meals. Turmeric has been used for centuries for its natural anti-inflammatory properties, and the Mayo Clinic says it could have a positive effect on many different diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease, type 2 diabetes, and cancer. If you start keeping your inflammation at bay now, you'll stay healthier in the future. 9 Pump Iron Weight-lifting is still primarily thought of as a man's thing. Luckily, that stereotype is changing, and that's a good thing: According to cardiologist Barbara Roberts, MD, it's not only great for men, but also one of the best things women can do to stay healthy as they age."After the age of 40, the average woman loses about a half an inch of height per decade due mainly to osteoporosis. After age 70, height loss is even more rapid. That's why it's important for women to start weight lifting by age 40," she says. "Weight training has been shown to increase bone density by putting stress on bones. A recent study published in the Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness showed that even light weights—about 20% of the maximum they could lift—were effective in increasing bone density in women, as long as they did at least 100 repetitions of the exercise in one hour." 10 Keep the Weight Off Have your pants been fitting a little tighter lately? Take that as a sign to start putting a better focus on your health."A massive study of the impact of health habits on life expectancy, which included over 120,000 participants, 34 years of data for women, and 28 years of data for men—showed us how important our diet, physical activity, body weight, smoking, and alcohol consumption can be," says Monique Tello, MD, MPH, internal medicine physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, instructor at Harvard Medical School, and author of Healthy Habits for Your Heart. "Healthy body weight, as defined as a normal body mass index (BMI), is between 18.5 and 24.9." 11 Triple Your Veggies You've been told to eat your veggies since you were a kid, and now it's really time to listen to that life-saving advice."Veggies and fruit are loaded with antioxidants that fight off free radicals in our bodies that contribute to diseases and illnesses. Doubling, or even tripling, up on your veggie intake will seriously help up your longevity, as well as boost your energy and mental cognition," says Brigitte Zeitlin, RD, owner of BZ Nutrition in NYC. "Fruit and vegetables are also high in fiber, which will help to lower cholesterol, improve gut health, maintain a healthy weight, prevent diabetes, and fight inflammation. Aim to have 1 cup of berries at breakfast with oatmeal or plain Greek yogurt, a salad at lunch loaded with a variety of colorful veggies, and a vegetable stir-fry for dinner." 12 Ditch the Processed Junk Instead of loading up on processed junk, clean out your pantry and fill your fridge with produce. "By eating a diet that's focused on vegetables, healthy sources of protein, and whole grains rather than processed sugars, you can prevent many health problems," says Nate Favini, MD, chief medical lead at Forward. That includes heart disease, diabetes, and different types of cancer. 13 Eliminate Inflammation For many people, anti-inflammatory health coach Jenny Carr, author of Peace of Cake: The Secret to an Anti-Inflammatory Diet, says experiencing an increase in fatigue, hormonal imbalance, weight gain, brain fog, or subtle digestive disorders, among other symptoms, are due to one culprit: the build-up of inflammation in your body. Unfortunately, not addressing these issues could lead to something worse down the line. Chronic inflammation has been linked to many life-threatening problems."Over time these subtle low-lying symptoms can turn into major life-altering illnesses, such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and more," Carr says. "The key to living disease free after 40, or any age for that matter, is to melt away the inflammation. By doing so, you can begin to reverse symptoms in your body that impact you from living day to day life of your dreams." Heal your gut, prevent disease, and slow aging with a book like The 14-Day Anti-Inflammatory Diet. 14 Spark Joy Sure, eating a healthy diet is important in fighting off disease. One thing most people don't realize is just as important, though, is reducing the things that don't bring you joy and instead focusing on your happiness."Find ways to reduce stress in life. Delete the things that cause tension and stress and increase those things that bring happiness," says Brian Greenberg, MD, board-certified allergist/immunologist with 1MD. "Spend as much time as possible doing the things you love and being with the people you love. Keep your big dreams alive and pursue them with vigor. Stay vital and useful." 15 Limit Refined Carbs As delicious as white flour, white bread, pastries, and white pasta are, it's time to cut down on refined carbs once and for all. "It's increasingly clear that refined carbs and sugars drive many chronic diseases. They cause us to gain weight, which leads to elevations in blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease," Dr. Favini says. When you replace the refined junk with vegetables, fruit, and other wholesome options, you'll feel better and be healthier. 16 Savor The Right Oils Cooking with oil is a given. How can you not when it makes everything taste better? When you do use it, just make sure you're choosing the right kind. While trans fats and oils high in saturated fat like coconut, palm kernel, and cottonseed oil are no-gos, the Cleveland Clinic says using plant-based oils that contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats in moderation—like extra-virgin olive oil, avocado oil, flaxseed oil, and walnut oil—can help reduce heart disease. 17 Appreciate Food How often do you eat a meal without watching your favorite TV show? The next time you make yourself dinner, ditch the couch and remote and instead sit at the table. It's a small change, but it can make a big difference in your well-being."More and more we're learning that how we eat affects our health—not just what we eat," Dr. Fenster says. "Another recent study demonstrated that people perceive food as tasting better—and lower their inflammatory markers—when they take a moment to appreciate their food with whatever means or ritual they prefer." 18 Sleep Enough Most of the times, the things you need to do to prevent disease involve a lot of work. But sleeping does wonders for your body and it hardly requires any effort at all."Sleep affects our health in so many ways," Zeitlin says. "There are two main ways it helps fight diseases. First, it's how our body naturally combats stress and anxiety by reducing our levels of cortisol (the stress hormone), which contributes to inflammation. Second, getting enough sleep helps you maintain a healthy weight. People who are overweight or obese have added stress on their bodies, which puts them at greater risk for heart disease and diabetes. Aim to get at least 7 hours of sleep a night to help boost your long-term health."RELATED: 9 Everyday Habits That Might Lead to Dementia, Say Experts 19 Manage Your Wellness One thing to keep in mind is that it's easier to take the steps to stay healthy and disease-free now than it is trying to get better once you're already sick. To stay feeling your best, Dr. Lamm says to prioritize your well-being sooner than later."Wellness is not the absence of illness. You should be actively managing your wellness, not just reacting to illness," he says. "The keys to wellness are sleep, stress management, exercise, and nutrition. By managing these, you'll achieve the base parameters of health." 20 Don't Slack on Oral Hygiene Your teeth don't seem like they would have a lot to do with your overall health, but they do. According to Harvard Medical School, those with gum disease have two to three times the risk of having heart issues, whether that's a heart attack, stroke, or another life-threatening event. The thought is that gum disease increases inflammation in the body, leading to other health problems. Even though more research still needs to be done, it's only going to benefit you in the long run to brush and floss every day. 21 Rethink Exercise While it's important to get in the recommended amount of exercise each week, Dr. Kreitenberg says that doesn't always have to involve going to the gym. Your 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise can also be things you wouldn't typically think of as exercise."An active lifestyle is crucial in maintaining proper health and wellbeing," he says. "Examples of moderate intensity exercise include light biking, gardening, and brisk walking. Even light aerobic activity—such as casual walking—is better than a sedentary lifestyle. Physical exercise is important to maintain not only cardiovascular health, but also joint health. It's important, however, to increase the intensity of your exercise over time to avoid injury." 22 Pour a Glass of Red Wine This is certainly a doctor-approved recommendation to cheers to. If you don't currently drink alcohol, Fenster says not to start now for health reasons. "But if you currently imbibe, 1 to 2 glasses per day appears to confer a wide range of health benefits," he notes. The antioxidants in red wine could even help prevent coronary artery disease.RELATED: The #1 Reason You Could Get Cancer, According to Science 23 Flush Your System Water isn't just important for fueling your body and helping you stay energized throughout your day. It's also key to eliminating inflammation that can cause multiple different health issues."Eliminating inflammation may sound like a simple solution, but knowing what steps to take in order to help your cells regenerate as you grow young instead of old—one of the benefits of anti-inflammatory living—can be confusing," Carr says. "Start with water. Drink loads of it—up to a gallon per day for adults—as the fastest method to push inflammation from your body." 24 Drink in Moderation A glass of wine here and there is one thing. But if you find yourself getting buzzed on the regular, it's time to put down the booze and reach for a glass of water instead."Stick to a moderate intake of alcohol, which—in past research—was measured as between 5 and 15 grams per day for women, and 5 to 30 grams per day for men," Dr. Tello says. Generally, one drink contains about 14 grams of pure alcohol. That's 12 ounces of regular beer, 5 ounces of wine, or 1.5 ounces of distilled spirits."RELATED: This Supplement Can Raise Your Heart Attack Risk, Experts Say 25 Actually Reduce Your Stress Stress comes from all different sources, and none of it's good on your body. By taking a little extra time every day to focus on fighting it off, you'll notice a change in the way you feel. Especially since letting it build up has been linked to everything from heart disease and cancer to depression and anxiety."Individuals that are able to manage their stress tend to be happier and healthier," Kreitenberg says. "Stress not only affects one's mood, but also can have profound health ramifications. Stress can lead to poor sleep, weight gain, heart disease and an impaired immune system. Steps one can take to reduce and better manage their stress includes: eating right, regular exercise, meditation, proper sleep and maintaining a positive outlook on life. 26 Talk to Humans With technology, these days you probably talk to your friends through text or messaging more than you actually do in person. Make it your goal to start being a little more extroverted and taking those conversations into real life."Talk to people," Fenster says. "The Harvard Happiness study confirms that the single most important variable in determining the length of our lives and the quality of our health is the quality of our relationships with each other. A lot of Instagram likes is no substitute for a real human relationship. A loving relationship remains the best health investment." 27 Unstick Yourself From Sugar Sugar isn't always the enemy: fruit has plenty of it, but it's a wholesome source. The white stuff you buy on store shelves, on the other hand, isn't in the slightest."Eating too much sugar has been linked to almost every disease that your diet can play a role in, so keeping it in check is crucial for healthy living," Zeitlin says. "Be mindful of how frequently you are indulging in those cookies, donuts, cupcakes, muffins, and other baked goods, plus the pastas, bagels, cold cereals, and candy. And ditch those sneaky sugars like juices, sodas, bottled dressings, and fat-free foods that are high in sugar to make up for the flavor." 28 Go Cuckoo for Cacao There's no reason to pass up eating chocolate as dessert. You just need to choose the right kind. If you ditch sugar-packed milk chocolate and instead go for dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cacao, you'll get some heart-helping antioxidants in every bite. An 11-year-long study of nearly 21,000 people published in the journal Heart found those who ate the most dark chocolate had lower rates of dying from cardiovascular disease than those who didn't eat it at all.RELATED: I'm A Doctor And Warn You Never Take This Supplement 29 Mix and Match If you're not currently hitting up the gym or an exercise class on a regular basis, start adding some sessions into your schedule. And don't be afraid to switch things up. According to Favini, getting a mix of aerobic exercise, high-intensity interval training, and anaerobic exercise is a great way to fight off disease."Getting your exercise makes a huge difference. Regular exercise in your 40s continues to have benefits into your golden years, even if you aren't still exercising when you hit 70," he says. "Try to get 150 minutes per week of aerobic exercise or high-intensity interval training and spend at least one day's effort on something that improves your strength, balance and flexibility, like yoga or Pilates." 30 Eat Mostly Plants If you're struggling with eating healthy, there's one main thing to keep in mind: Stick to mostly plants and you'll be just fine."Research shows that a diet high in fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthy protein and low in refined grains, added sugars, and red and processed meats is associated with a lower risk of both heart disease and cancer," Tello says. "The American Cancer Society's nutrition guidelines for cancer prevention and the American Heart Association's nutrition guidelines for heart disease prevention are essentially the same. Eat mostly plants (meaning fruits and vegetables), aim for plant proteins (like beans, lentils, nuts, and seeds), and eat whole grains (like brown rice, quinoa, and corn) instead of refined grains."RELATED: The #1 Cause of Obesity, According to Science 31 Stop Smoking Already. If there's one way to stay disease-free that every expert ever will agree on, it's to avoid smoking. And if you already do smoke, quit immediately. No nicotine rush is worth risking your life for."Individuals that smoke die nearly 10 years earlier than non-smokers with nearly 7 million people worldwide dying from tobacco-related deaths yearly," Kreitenberg says. "Smoking increases one's risk for cardiovascular disease—such as heart attack and stroke—as well as chronic lung diseases, such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis. It's also a significant health risk for many types of cancer, including lung, bladder, and mouth and throat, among others. With regard to vaping, in my expert opinion, it's also not recommended—we're not clear on its long-term risks. We're fortunate today to have many interventions to assist in smoking cessation, such as nicotine patches, medications, and support groups." 32 Know Your Family History In your 40s and beyond, it becomes increasingly important to know your family history and to provide your doctor with all the information you can. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), having a history of chronic disease in your family could increase your risk of developing it too, whether that's cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, or heart disease. If your doctor knows, they can not only watch out for any signs and symptoms, but also give you the tools you need to stay healthy and prevent them the best you can. 33 Swaps Smart in the Kitchen You know sugar is bad for you, but that doesn't mean you can't still have some sweet stuff here and there. The key is to make healthier swaps—especially when it comes to some of the top inflammatory foods that can wreak havoc on your body. Sugar included."Begin to swap out some of the top inflammatory foods for options that taste similar but don't inflame," Carr says. "For example, swapping out processed sugar for raw honey, unrefined coconut sugar, pure maple syrup, or raw agave are food swaps that not only taste great, but allow you to remove the number one most inflammatory food from your diet: processed sugar." To make the right food choice every time, visit Eat This, Not That! 34 Meditate. Daily. Meditation isn't some trend, or hippie hoo-haa. It's been proven time and time again to be a simple way to expand your lifespan by fighting off disease in the future, not to mention make you feel like your best self right now."Meditation has been scientifically linked to lower levels of stress and higher levels of mental performance and happiness," Favini says. "Staying healthy in your 40s and beyond typically requires balancing work and home life, family, friends, and financial stress. Having a regular meditation or mindfulness practice can be invaluable in staying on track with your health and may even help you realize more meaning in your day-to-day life." 35 Have More S-e-x Yep, you read that correctly. Spending more time in the bedroom has been shown to do your health some good. A study from the American Journal of Cardiology found an active sex life could help reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. That's all the more reason to make sure you're spending alone time with your partner as often as possible. 36 Limit Your Salt There's a good chance you're overdoing it on sodium, and that could seriously harm your health. The American Heart Association recommends adults stick to a maximum of 2,300 mg of sodium a day, yet most Americans eat more than 3,400 mg a day. Not just from using the salt-shaker—also from all the sodium that's found in packaged foods and in restaurant dishes. In fact, a 2014 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found reducing sodium intake to the recommended levels could prevent 10 percent of the deaths caused by cardiovascular disease. 37 Date Over Dinner You get plenty of body-boosting vitamins and nutrients when you eat by yourself, but when you meet up with friends, you're also getting some feel-good hormones that fight off disease and benefit your mental health."Eat with friends. Community and connection are key to sustaining a long healthy life," Zeitlin says. "Time with the people who make us laugh and feel good releases feel-good hormones like serotonin, which is crucial in combating inflammation by suppressing cortisol. So spend time with the people who make you laugh and feel good over a (vegetable-packed) meal!"RELATED: Sure Signs You Had COVID and Didn't Know It 38 Say Buh-Bye to Butter (and Fatty Meats) There are many health problems you can avoid by ditching butter and fatty meat for good, from diabetes to heart disease. Especially when it comes to preventing dementia, where research shows your diet and lifestyle choices make all the difference."Dementia is a progressive, heartbreaking deterioration of brain functioning associated with aging. While there are different causes, the most common—Alzheimer's and vascular dementia—are now thought to be closely related to, and greatly impacted by, diet and lifestyle factors," Tello says. "The World Health Organization recommends avoiding toxic, inflammatory foods like processed grains (white flour, white rice), added sugar, sodium, and saturated fats like butter and fatty meat," Tello says. "Instead, eating a plant-based diet is crucial. There is substantial research evidence showing that eating a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats, and seafood is associated with a significantly lower risk of cognitive decline and dementia. This approach to eating is often referred to as the Mediterranean-style diet, but it can be adapted to any culture or cuisine." 39 Don't Skip Your Annual Physical If you're feeling healthy, you might not think there's a reason to head to your annual physical. But after 40, it's especially important to keep up with those appointments."Establishing care with a general practitioner or primary care physician is an integral part in maintaining yourself disease-free," Kreitenberg says. "A general practitioner is the so-called quarterback or coordinator of your overall medical health. From vaccines to routine health maintenance—such as laboratory testing, guidance on nutrition, physical activity, and cancer screening—they're trained to provide non-emergency care and help prevent a small issue from progressing to something more serious. I recommend all my patients, at the very least, have a physical with their general practitioner yearly."RELATED: Signs You're Getting One of the "Most Deadly" Cancers. 40 Avoid Secondhand Smoke Unfortunately, it's not just smoking yourself that can get you in trouble—it's also secondhand smoke. According to the American Lung Association, secondhand smoke causes more than 41,000 deaths every year—some from lung cancer, and others from heart disease. That's why it's crucial to steer clear the best you can—especially since even short-term exposure could increase your risk of having a heart attack. And to get through life at your healthiest, Don't Take This Supplement, Which Can Raise Your Cancer Risk.

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Brother Hubbard cafe expands into former Gary Rhodes restaurant

“It’s beside us, it became available and it was very hard to ignore.” Garrett Fitzgerald is talking about the expansion of his Capel Street cafes Brother Hubbard North and Little Brother, into the former Gary Rhodes restaurant on the corner of that street and Mary’s Abbey, along which the Luas runs.

The three premises will be interconnected when the new business, which will retain the Brother Hubbard North name, opens in early autumn.

Rhodes D7, which opened to fanfare in 2006 and shut quietly three years later, was a modern brasserie with a very large floor space and 250 seats, fronted by the UK chef and TV personality.

Fitzgerald and his partner James Boland plan to extend into the new space in stages.

“We are going to operate in only part of the premises initially – the kitchens (allowing for a more evolved menu) and about half the seating area. We are holding off on the remaining seating area for a little while, whilst formulating a separate and exciting plan for that,” Fitzgerald says.

“We will be able to provide a far more spacious and comfortable offering with all this extra space and we have a very exciting plan.”

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The outdoor terrace area of the former Rhodes restaurant, facing the Luas line, will be transformed into “ a very green space, with lots of vegetation”.

“The brief for our designers, Designgoat, is that we want the space to feel as nourishing as our food. We are working with a plant consultant on this. We are also working on a plan to launch a social enterprise which we hope will be an exciting new evolution for the business and for our team.”

Fitzgerald says that both Brother Hubbard North and its southside sibling Brother Hubbard South on Harrington Street, are moving in a more sustainable direction. There are menu changes afoot too.

‘Deceptively vegetarian’

“We often describe our menus as being ‘deceptively vegetarian’, Fitzgerald says. “By that, we mean we often think of a dish first as a vegetarian offering, and then see how we may, or may not, incorporate a meat component.

“We recently decided to see what else we can do to incorporate even more of not just a vegetarian element to our offering, but to go one step further and go more vegan.

“It seemed like the right thing to do. Furthermore, it is a more sustainable and ethical approach to creating a menu, and these are factors we are going to focus on more and more over the coming months.”

The new evening menu at Brother Hubbard is now more than 50 per cent vegan, and the wine list features vegan wines.

“We still love meat, but it has its place and our vegan options are no less loved than their meaty neighbours,” Fitzgerald says.

Launch event

Fitzgerald plans to begin work next year on a second cookery book, a follow-up to the Brother Hubbard Cookbook, and says he is “considering some further TV work as part of that”.

He and Boland are working with Amnesty International on a launch event “built around Syria”, for their expanded Capel Street premises.

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Michelin allows French chef to hand back his three stars

It’s a first. The prestigious Michelin guide has allowed a top French restaurant to drop out of its coveted guide after its chef said he didn’t want the “huge pressure” of being judged by its inspectors to maintain his restaurant’s three stars.

This is the first time Michelin has ever allowed a restaurant to withdraw from its pages.

The usual narrative is that chefs and restaurants are falling over themselves trying to get into the Michelin guide, or to up their star rating in the gastronomic bible. But after the pressure to achieve the rating, comes relentless pressure to maintain it.

One of France’s most celebrated chefs, Sebastien Bras (46), who runs Le Suquet restaurant in Laguiole in south central France, about 200km northeast of Toulouse, caused shockwaves in the food world when he announced in September 2017 that he was relinquishing the restaurant’s three stars because of the huge pressure of being judged on every dish he serves.

Three-Michelin star restaurants are an elite club – there are just 27 in France with the maximum rating.

‘Spellbinding’ restaurant

Sebastien Bras and his father, Michel Bras, held three stars in the Michelin guide for almost 20 years and Le Suquet was consistently described by the Michelin judges as “spellbinding”. In the restaurant, diners look over sweeping views of the Aubrac plateau in the Aveyron while tasting local produce.

Although Michelin removes restaurants from its guide when a chef retires or the restaurant’s concept changes, it has never before removed a restaurant because its chef just doesn’t want to be included.

But that has changed with this move. “It is difficult for us to have a restaurant in the guide which does not wish to be in it,” Claire Dorland Clauzel of Michelin told AFP.

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“It is the first time we have had a public withdrawal of this sort,” she added. Le Suquet will not feature in the guide’s 2018 edition, which will be published next Monday, Clauzel confirmed.

Bras said in September that he could no longer put himself through the ordeal of knowing that one below-par dish in his restaurant in the rural Aveyron region could cost him his reputation.

He announced his decision in September in a Facebook video, with the local landscape rolling out behind him, saying: “Today, at 46 years old, I want to give a new meaning to my life . . . and redefine what is essential.”

He said his job had given him a lot of satisfaction but there was also huge pressure that was inevitably linked to the three Michelin stars first given to the restaurant in 1999.

He asked to be allowed to continue his work with a free spirit and in serenity away from the world of rankings, without tension, and “to offer a cuisine and service that represents that spirit and our land.”

He said he wanted to be dropped from the guide from 2018.

There was a lot of interest in his announcement, and he accepted he might be “less famous”, and talked about how he wanted to “start a new chapter” in the restaurant’s history “without wondering whether my creations will appeal to Michelin’s inspectors”.

He confessed that like “all chefs”, he sometimes found himself thinking of fellow Frenchman Bernard Loiseau -- who died by suicide in 2003, an act widely seen as linked to rumours he would lose his third Michelin star.

Ultra-competitive world

Bras is not the first chef to walk away from the ultra-competitive world of Michelin-star cooking, but until now it has involved closing or changing a restaurant.

In 1999, Marco Pierre White, at that stage the youngest chef to earn three stars, renounced them and retired from his restaurant.

A handful of other French restaurateurs have relinquished their prized three-star status. In 2005, the late Alain Senderens - one of the pioneers of Nouvelle Cuisine - closed his three-star Art Nouveau Paris restaurant, choosing to revamp the three-star Lucas Carton and saying he had enough of the agony of perfection. “I feel like having fun,” he told the New York Times. “I don’t want to feed my ego anymore. I am too old for that. I can do beautiful cuisine without all the tra-la-la and chichi, and put the money into what’s on the plate.”

The same year Alsace-based chef Philippe Gaertner gave back his stars and was reported as writing to Michelin to say that he was changing his menu and would no longer compete to keep the star status that had been in the family since the late 1930s.

Olivier Roellinger closed his luxury eatery in the Breton fishing village of Cancale in 2008, saying he wanted a quieter life. In 2017 acclaimed Danish chef Rene Redzepi closed his Noma restaurant, forfeiting its two stars, and planning to move it to another part of Copenhagen. He said it was “necessary to break down a castle in order to build a new one”.

But this is the first time, according to Michelin, that it’s agreeing to take its stars back.



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