This is a portion of one of the comments a poster made: 
 
You know, people are doing all this to live longer. What's the point of living? Moderation is one of TWO keys, exercise being the other. Of the two, exercise is the more important. You can eat anything you like, as much as you like, if you work it all off.
 
Here is the reply from another poster:
 
Eating a healthy nutritious diet is not about living longer. Medical science has no proof of that hypothesis. It is about improving the quality of life until you do eventually pass on.
 
Exercise burns calories. It does not burn off any of the other molecules that you take in from harmful foods.
 
 
Reading those comments started me thinking of many conversations I have had with others about food and also what I have witnessed. 
 
Examples:
 
Mother - Adult Diabetes and had multiple amputations before dying of a heart attack.
Father - Stroke that left his right side paralyzed, spent two years in nursing home before choking on food and passing away.
Grandfather - enjoyed quality of life before on a fishing trip, had a massive heart attack and passed away.
 
I cannot predict our future but what I can do now is try to influence our future by paying attention to what we eat and how I prepare what we eat.  There is a lot written about this subject and I continue to learn more about nutrition.  Some days I feel that the more I learn the less I know...
 
Here is another list that I found fascinating about foods to make you feel better:
http://www.prevention.com/food/healthy-eating-tips/food-and-mood-best-foods-make-you-feel-better
 
Down in The Dumps or as article says - "Feeling lower then a snakes belly" we usually reach for a piece of chocolate.  Their suggestion is to have a miracle meal: a low-fat, low protein, high carbohydrate snack such as a toasted English Muffin with a dollop of blueberry jam. 
 
Why  - High-carbohydrate food isn’t bogged down by the presence of protein or fat, they allow an amino acid called tryptophan to flood your brain, where it morphs into serotonin, a neurotransmitter that boosts mood and curbs food cravings (such as chocolate cravings).


 
When You're Sleepy - This could be contributed to not getting enough sleep due to insomnia.  Cut out caffeine, lighten up on dinner, skip the nightcap, or have a chicken sandwich.
 
Why - If insomnia is bad, cut out all caffeine. Make sure to read the label as caffeine can be in trendy vitamin waters, chocolate, and even coffee yogurts. Eating a big dinner keeps the stomach churning away working on the overload.  Eat a big breakfast and lunch, then a small dinner.  The nightcap works the opposite as it interferes with our important REM sleep. 


 
When You're SAD - Night drivers could have more of a problem with not getting enough sunlight.  Interesting on this is that if you starting eating carbs and you have a hard time stopping what you might really be craving is protein.  Shifting the balance to more protein les carbs raises dopamine without carbs' insulin rush, so your blood sugar remains steady, and your mood stays even.
 

When You're Feeling Dull - Time for a coffee break.  The caffeine in your cuppa joe effectively short -circuits a chemical called adenosine that blocks your energy boosting brain chemicals them to give you a healthy rush.   This only happens up to a point, and too much caffeine can have the opposite effect.
 
 

When You're Depressed - Eat more fish.  Evidence is showing that omega-3 fatty acids may help ease depression symptoms.  We can get omega-3 in a fish oil supplement or by eating salmon, shrimp, flounder, farmed catfish, croaker, haddock, and mid-Atlantic Blue Crab.


When You're Irritable  - Feeling snappish? Put down the java, and away the bear claw right now! If you have a short fuse and are depressed, cut out caffeine and sugar for about two weeks.  Caffeine is a stimulate for some people, but it can make others more irritable, especially if they are already depressed.


Way Beyond Tired - This might require a doctors visit. This is also one of the first signs of an iron deficiency and anemia which results from not getting enough iron in the food we eat.  As good as beans, grains, and veggies are for you, the form of iron they provide is weak and hard to absorb. The National Academy of Sciences estimates that vegetarians absorb only 10% of the iron in their diet. This statement really surprised me: Animal protein not only contains more iron, it's a special form called heme that your body absorbs better than the iron from plants such as spinach.
 
When all else fails, wash away fatigue with a glass of water.

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Linda Caffee

Bob and Linda started their driver careers after their children left home for college in 2000. Bob started as a driver for a large motor carrier with Linda as a rider. They decided to enter the Expedite industry as team drivers in 2005 and purchased their first Freightliner. Both, Bob and Linda have had their Class A licenses since the early 80's starting out driving in the oil field and hauling grain as fill in drivers where Bob worked as a diesel mechanic. Linda worked at the local country courthouse in data processing.

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I am constantly fighting my addiction to food. When I quit smoking years ago I found out that food tastes goods and it works as a crutch like my smoking did. It is a constant battle

June 16, 2014 13:19:21 PM

I am constantly fighting my addiction to food. When I quit smoking years ago I found out that food tastes goods and it works as a crutch like my smoking did. It is a constant battle

June 16, 2014 13:18:58 PM

Very interesting Linda. I eat to live. I don't live to eat. So along that line I pay attention to what I eat and how I feel before and after and I eat foods that make me feel well and properly fuels my body. There certainly are foods that will drastically affect physical and mental characteristics of each of us.

June 13, 2014 8:55:44 AM