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Does Healthy Life Style Mean Longer Life?

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That has been the mantra for eons.

But recent research may have turned that old wisdom on its head! In a Science Digest article, Lifestyles of the old and healthy defy expectations the researchers found:

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People who live to 95 or older are no more virtuous than the rest of us in terms of their diet, exercise routine or smoking and drinking habits, according to researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Their findings, published August 3 in the online edition of Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, suggests that “nature” (in the form of protective longevity genes) may be more important than “nurture” (lifestyle behaviors) when it comes to living an exceptionally long life. Nir Barzilai, M.D., the Ingeborg and Ira Leon Rennert Chair of Aging Research and director of the Institute for Aging Research at Einstein, was the senior author of the study. [Emphasis mine.]

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So longevity may have more to do with our genetic make up than how much a healthy diet or exercise we get. USA Today said hard work and don’t retire were the keys to longevity. I think there is more than a kernel of truth to that.

Me?  What do I think? What will I do?

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I will keep to my regular diet and exercise regimen, that is  eat what I want, eat a varied and colorful diet, all in moderation with light exercise daily.

I think there are many factors that lead to a long life: friends, a positive outlook, interest, laughter, conscientiousness, love, companionship, commitment,  a job or something meaningful to keep you busy and that you are passionate about.

But mostly I say, stop worrying about it so much and just enjoy life to the fullest.

Eat Drink and Be Merry

What do you think?

Feature Recipe     Busy Day Pork Chops

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Today’s recipe is exactly what its name implies.

Today is a 30 minute to the table recipe.

The recipe  was developed by Dee Maltby of Wayne, Ohio, in the northeast corner of Ohio near the Pennsylvania border. The recipe was picked up by Taste of Home.

It is not quite as fast as the pork chop recipe I shared with you in the last post – dredge pork chops in flour that has been seasoned with salt and pepper. Ad some dried oregano to the chops and fry up in some oil till done.

Still, it is perfect for those days when time matters to the utmost!

Served with a side and a salad it is rush hour cooking at its best.

The pork has a subtle yet scrumptious flavor.  It also has a great crunch too, since it is dredged in bread crumbs. Plus they are baked in the oven not in oil. That is important to some people.

This recipe is also very budget friendly!!!

The original recipe calls for fat free milk. I use whole milk.

This is what you will need for 3-4 servings:

¼ cup milk

¼ cup Parmesan cheese

¼ cup seasoned bread crumbs: Italian, Herb Garlic, etc.*

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

3 or 4 boneless pork loin chops

Salt and pepper to taste

* I used Garlic Herb

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Here is what you do:

Heat the oven to 375 F.

Place milk in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl combine the cheese, bread crumbs, garlic powder, and salt and pepper.

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Dip the pork chops in the milk and coat both sides then coat with crumb mixture. Press the crumbs on with your fingers.

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Coat the baking sheet with cooking spray, place the breaded chops on the sheet. Spritz the chops with some cooking spray too.

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Bake in a 375 F for 9-11 minutes on each side…………. or until a thermometer reads 160 F.

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Turned over after 11 minutes.

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Done after another 11 minutes. See the bread crumbs are darker and crisper in this picture?

IMG_8892 See. Lickety Split tasty pork chops. Serve with a salad and vegetables of your choice. I sprinkle a bit more Parmesan cheese to the finished chops.

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Bon appétit!!!

Cost

¼ cup milk                                     $0.16

¼ cup Parmesan cheese                  $1.14

¼ cup season bread crumbs            $0.32

¼ teaspoon garlic powder               $0.06

3 boneless pork loin chops               $4.31

Salt and pepper to taste

Total cost for 3 = $5.99
Cost per person 3 = $2.00
Cost per person 4  = $1.86

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7 comments to Does Healthy Life Style Mean Longer Life?

  • My 99 year old grandmother ate like a horse and ate whatever she wanted to. My 93 year old father-in-law eats whatever he wants and he’s going strong. I’m not convinced it’s all about what we eat or how much we move.

    I make pork chops like this a lot and everyone cleans their plate.

    • Roberta

      You have the neatest blood and marriage relatives of any one I know. From your blog I have come to love your FIL. 🙂

    • Roberta

      Agree…it is complicated and no one size fits all. Would love to see your pork chop recipe some time. 🙂

  • I think we can make a few tweaks here and there- for the good or the bad- but for the most part if our parents live a long healthy life we are likely to as well. Interesting article.

  • That is a refreshing study and something I have long suspected. Thank you for sharing it.

    I have seen people in Africa who have lived under (by our standards) hard lives of poor nutrition, exposure to disease and parasites, tough living conditions and hard physical work, often smoking cheap tobacco and drinking home brewed concoctions.

    Sure some of them die young, but a surprisingly large number live into their 80s and 90s.

    After my heart attack, I asked the cardiologist why my years of running, a life time of sport and physical exercise, an almost total avoidance of fast food, alcohol and polluted city air had not protected me. Was it due to the periods when I had smoked moderately?

    His opinion was that it was partly genetics (my maternal grandfather had died of a heart attack at age 62), partly fate. The smoking may have been a slight contributory factor.

    He said that while we should strive to live as healthily as possible, by the time we are adults, we all have some plaque in our arteries. What does or does not trigger a piece of that to break off, form a blood clot and block an artery is the big mystery.

    • Roberta

      You have a wise doctor. Not too many buck the sacred mantra that it is ALL and ONLY about diet and exercise. Not only do we all have some plaque, so did ancient Egyptians according to cat scans of mummies.