Visionary Foods

"My, what great vision you have!"

“My, what great vision you have!”

My sisters and I used to make fun of our mom when she had trouble reading fine print. She would make a fist, leaving a tiny opening of light through her curled fingers, and then eye-to-fist-to-paper, she would be able to see the words. She swore it worked and we would just laugh.

Well, I found out last week it does indeed work–guess Mom’s laughing now! (OMG, I’m becoming my mother!!!) I was in the shower and couldn’t tell which bottle was the shampoo or conditioner (in my defense, they were travel-size containers). So, there I am straining my eyes at the travel-size print, and not wanting to waste water, I decided to apply my mom’s “fist technology.” Good thing I did because I was holding the skin lotion.

The dimming of my vision has been humbling, yet it has definitely made me appreciate this amazing sense. You can read more thoughts on my aging eyes HERE. One way to embrace our precious eyesight is to eat foods that help protect it and this week I’ve shared my top-ten list of visionary foods.

Here’s wishing you fist-free vision!

Visionary Foods

The anti-oxidants, lutein and zeaxanthin, along with omega 3 fatty acids, zinc, and vitamins A (beta carotene), C and E are the most important nutrients for protecting your vision as you age. The following foods are great sources of these nutrients.

Leafy green veggies like spinach, kale and collard greens

Brussel sprouts

Red bell peppers

Sweet potatoes

Citrus and berries (oranges, strawberries, blueberries)




Sardines, and

Carrots, of course!

About Annette Cain

Annette Cain is an award-winning author, endurance athlete and certified personal trainer.

Known as the Longevity Lady™ Annette helps baby boomers age stronger so their bodies can keep up with their lives. Her ageless lifestyle products and programs provide an easy and balanced approach to becoming lean & limber and living younger longer.

Comments and Feedback:

  1. Great column … Very important as the 60’s turn into 70’s and beyond … You might want to mw mention the grid which I will send you on email. It should be on everybody’s refrigerator after 50 it will pick up early macular degeneration which I have …

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