Let’s be real. Women aren’t the only ones who struggle with weight issues. Body image has not just morphed into a social beauty pageant for men, it now can also symbolize your potential success as a professional. Unfair? Maybe.
As New Jersey Governor and possible 2016 president hopeful Chris Christie might attest, while struggling with weight loss and dieting for nearly three decades isn’t ideal, it is a reality that has begun to haunt him in his professional life. White House physician Dr. Connie Mariano told CNN that she worries his weight could present serious health risks for a president.
Even though his weight has almost become an endearing quality for Christie, according to his 74% approval rating among New Jersyans, his obesity has become a political issue that might ultimately affect his (potential) national campaign.
For any professional, regardless of industry, a simple list of go-to foods specifically for men, might be a good place to start. Take a look at what Kathleen M. Zelman, MPH, RD, LD, expert contributor to WebMd.com, recommends as some of the best healthy foods for men to eat to stay healthy in their personal and professional lives.
1. Oysters – Could there be something to the legend that oysters are the food of love? Well, it’s true that just a few oysters each day will deliver a full day’s supply of the antioxidant mineral zinc. Zinc is involved in hundreds of body processes, from producing DNA to repairing cells.
Research shows that adequate zinc may protect against cellular damage that leads to prostate cancer. Sexual functioning of the male reproductive system, including increased sperm counts, is also enhanced with zinc.
2. Bananas – Bananas are a great portable source of quick energy and are rich in potassium, which is needed to regulate nerves, heartbeat and, especially, blood pressure. Diets rich in potassium and magnesium (which is also found in bananas) can reduce the risk of stroke.
As a super source of vitamin B-6, bananas can also aid your immune system, help form red blood cells, ensure a well-functioning nervous system, and assist protein metabolism. So enjoy a banana each day, at breakfast on your whole grain-cereal or before your workout at the gym.
3. Fatty fish – Fatty fish (salmon, sardines, tuna, mackerel, herring) are the richest sources of omega-3 fatty acids. In fact, the American Heart Association recommends that everyone eat fish twice weekly.
Omega-3 fatty acids are potent anti-inflammatory foods that can help lower triglyceride [blood fat] levels, reduce aches and pains in athletes, and offer relief with certain kinds of arthritis.
4. Broccoli – While virtually all vegetables deserve a place on the super foods list, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli are helpful in the prevention of heart disease and cancer. It’s loaded with vitamin C, beta-carotene, potassium, and a phytochemical called sulphoraphane, which may have anticancer (prostate and colon) properties. This super-nutritious green vegetable may also help lower levels of homocycteine, an amino acid associated with increased risk of heart disease and stroke.
5. Brazil nuts – These large nuts from Brazil are packed with magnesium and selenium, powerful antioxidants that may help prevent heart disease and cancer and protect prostate health.
Selenium also helps lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol and reduces the incidence of blood clots and heart disease.