Wednesday, January 30, 2013

FOREVER YOUNG Part 1 (Maureen Lermer)

Maureen Lermer

I am very excited to bring you a brand new series called 'Forever Young'. I'll be featuring a Forever Young man or woman while focusing on the very important factors that affect aging. Our very first Forever Young Personality is Maureen Lermer, 40, mother of 3. She captures and embodies all that is forever young, in spirit and in health. I am proud to call her my sister and friend, she is an inspiration to me and I hope will become one to you as well. 


Inflammation is the body's biological attempt to self-protect against harmful pathogens, damaged cells and irritants. Inflammation comes from the latin word 'inflammo' which means 'to ignite'. Inflammation however doesn't mean infection, rather it is an immune response to stop what caused it. The five signs of inflammation are redness, heat, pain, swelling and immobility.

"The researchers concluded that: "Poor sleep quality, and short sleep durations are associated with higher levels of inflammation."

Exercise is essential for great health


The Standard American Diet (S.A.D) is very highly inflammatory. Did you know that there are certain foods that we eat which trigger the production of white blood cells? If you recall from your biology class, white blood cells are produced by the immune system to respond to infection and defend the body against harmful materials. Most of the foods we consume today are 'harmful materials'.
The key to preventing accelerated aging and age-related diseases is controlling inflammation according to Dr. Nicholas Perricone. It is my opinion that what you eat either eats or protects you. 

Proud Mama of 3

Let's take a look at some foods that are inflammatory

  • Meats, especially highly processed meats which contain nitrites and sulphites e.g hot dogs, sausages and lunch meats
  • Dairy products and all foods made with dairy
  • High-glycemic carbohydrates (sugars & starches)
  • Chemical additives in certain foods
  • Trans fats and hydrogenated oils e.g margarine, shortening, lard and foods that are made by using these.
  • Fried foods
  • White sugar & All synthetic sugars (splenda, nutrasweet, aspartine, saccharin etc)
  • Wheat products, especially as most of the wheat produced today has been genetically modified.
  • Gluten-containing foods and grains, millet, quinoa and buckwheat are best choices to eat instead
  • Alcohol
"Get out of the house for some fresh air and vitamin D, go admire nature"

A recent study showed that fat men had more white blood cells (inflammation markers) and are at a higher risk of developing various illnesses like cancer and heart disease.

List of some anti-inflammatory foods: 

  1. Ginger
  2. Turmeric
  3. Cannabis (weed, marijuana). I did a research paper in college focusing on the legalization of medicinal marijuana and learned so much from my research. Needless to say I support the legalization of medicinal marijuana.
  4. Green tea
  5. Tart cherries
  6. Fish oil
  7. wild salmon
  8. Onions
  9. endive
  10. Kale
  11. Spinach
  12. Cabbage
  13. Flax seed oil
  14. Wild sea bass
  15. Pollock
  16. Trout
  17. Olive oil
  18. Flax seeds
  19. Pineapple, mango, papaya
  20. Avocado
  21. Seaweed e.g kelp and kumbu
  22. Shitake mushrooms
  23. Berries, especially blueberries
  24. Fermented foods e.g kimchi, kefir, raw apple cider vinegar
  25. Cinnamon, cayenne, basil

 I made some wild salmon and some veggies the other night for dinner to show you an example of an anti-inflammatory diet dish.

Baked Salmon:

1 piece of salmon fillet
dash of black pepper
dash of lemon pepper
sprinkle of Celtic sea salt (if your lemon pepper doesn't have salt)
1/2 tsp of olive oil


First rub coat the fish with olive oil, then rub all the other ingredients over the fish. Set the oven at 350 degrees and place the salmon on some foil paper or baking pan and let bake for 8-10 minutes or until flaky. Set aside.


1 pack frozen stir fry snap veggies
Sprinkle of black pepper
1 Onion chopped
Salt to taste
Dash of turmeric (optional)
1 tsp olive oil

First saute onions in olive oil until almost translucent. Next, add all the other ingredients and let cook for about 3-5 minutes or until green veggies are bright green. Serve with salmon and enjoy!
'Mother & Child' by Maureen Lermer

'Woman' by Maureen Lermer

I can say from experience that eating an anti-inflammatory diet has always given me the best looking skin and health. My body 'knows' how to 'talk' to me because I have reprogrammed it over the years. There are certain foods that give me an immediate negative response once I eat them, I can tell my body is grumbling and even though I consciously made the choice to eat that particular food, I know it is not the right thing for my body and health in the long run. Try to introduce one anti-inflammatory food into your current diet each week as you lessen the frequency of one inflammatory food. I look forward to your questions and suggestions, we can all learn from each other, so let's talk :-)