Why I Can’t Stay Out of the Kitchen

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My father was a physician who taught me a great deal about diet and health, after moving to California over twenty years ago, I easily transitioned from my culinary life into the world of health care.  Today, I own and operate several skilled nursing facilities.  But I never lost my love for cooking.  As I learned more about the positive effects healthy food and ingredients have on disease and aging, I was compelled to get back in the kitchen and create a cookbook (now TWO of them – The Age GRACEfully Cookbook and my new The AGE BEAUTIFULLY Cookbook) that fuse international and American flavors, familiar and exotic ingredients, and powerful nutrients that help the body and mind fight diseases and the wear and tear of aging.

Exotic Fruit w-Yogurt & Granola CROPPEDWhen it comes to great tasting food and good health, I want to encourage everyone to be conscious of the food they eat. I also urge cooks to use good-quality, organic ingredients whenever possible, but understand that budgets and availability can make that challenging.

It is estimated that nearly a third of the population is sensitive to wheat and, according to research by Mintel Business Net, 65 percent of those surveyed believe eating Gluten-free is healthier. Many of the recipes in AGE BEAUTIFULLY are Gluten-Free or offer Gluten-free alternatives.  A number of them are also Dairy-free or offer alternatives for those who want or need to limit dairy in their diet.

Sugar, while safe in moderation, is a bitter enemy when it comes to aging, so I have looked for better substitutes wherever possible, and offer a guide to healthier sugar substitutes.

TS-57576001 Produce verticalEach recipe on the website and in my cookbooks is designed to deliver flavor AND ingredients that support longevity.

I start with classic dishes, many of which I learned how to make from my mother, and I amp up their nutrient value with anti-aging super foods, some of them quite exotic but easy to obtain. I research new ingredients constantly, always learning about antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables from all over the world. I have a list of my favorite spices and grains. And I work with nutritionists to decide on the best possible proteins and sweeteners to use in my cooking. Now that I’m comfortable with how simple it is to incorporate FoodTrients into our daily meals, every week I try to share what we have discovered and what we continue to learn.

About Grace O

Grace O has been cooking and baking professionally and recreationally all of her adult life. As a child in Southeast Asia, she learned the culinary arts by her mother’s side in her family’s cooking school. She became so well versed in hospitality and the culinary arts, she eventually took over the cooking school and opened three restaurants. She is widely credited with popularizing shrimp on sugar-cane skewers and being one of the first culinarians to make tapas a global trend. She has cooked for ruling families and royalty. Grace O’s move to America precipitated a career in healthcare, inspired by her father, who was a physician. Twenty years and much hard work later, she operates skilled nursing facilities in California. Grace O strives to create flavorful food using the finest ingredients that ultimately lead to good health. Her recipes, although low in saturated fat, salt, and sugar, are high in flavor. Grace employs spices from all over the world to enliven her dishes, creating food that is different and delicious. She believes that food can be just as effective at fighting aging as the most expensive skin creams. And since she’s over 50 herself, she’s living proof of that. foodtrients.com
What Do FoodTrients Do?
Ai Anti- inflammatories

Reduce inflammatory process in cells, tissues, and blood vessels, helping to slow aging and reduce risk of long-term disease.

Ao Anti- oxidant

Prevents and repairs oxidative damage to cells caused by free radicals.

IB Immunity Boosters

Support the body’s resistance to infection and strengthen immune vigilance and response.

MB Mind

Improves mood, memory, and focus.

F Disease Prevention

Reduces risk factors for common degenerative and age-related diseases.