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Do they? Really?

Let’s take a walk down History Lane.

Life expectancy for men in 1950 was 67 (72 for women). Women have been on a steady climb since then—the mid-twentieth century—while men plateaued through the late seventies. By 1977, life expectancy for women had risen to 76 years, while men were still at 67 years of age. Then, starting in the early nineties something started to catch on, maybe make sense for men. Eating less carbs, eating smaller meals throughout the day, exercise exercise exercise, resistance training, paying attention to signals from the body, going to the doctor—while all of these things have played significant roles in an increase in life expectancy for men, two have played the biggest: Food & Exercise.

Changing up one’s diet is the least fun thing about dieting, but it’s the main reason the life-expectancy gap between men and women is narrowing. Ask any man what his favorite food is and your answer is likely: steak. Men aren’t giving up steak; that’s not what’s happening. But they’re figuring out to eat healthier more regularly, so that steak is now the treat, not the standard. And fast food is being passed by for salads and other healthy snacks, like nuts. This isn’t due to will power alone. Regular exercise gets much of the credit. Not only is exercise a muscle builder, it’s a mood booster, enhancing will power. People who feel good, look good, and want to keep looking good. This means being aware of the food that goes into the body.

The nineties brought the importance of resistance training to the forefront; this is when people in the fitness industry started making a nice living as personal trainers. With that came the astounding effects that carbohydrate intake can have on the body, and the exciting effects that reducing carbs can.

If we were to look at the Life Expectancy Chart since 1950 and were to perceive it as a Man V. Woman relay race, what we’d see is that the men are gaining speed, using that fourth runner in a relay as their secret weapon. They are coming up strong for a number of reasons. The biggest reason is the way they have learned to combine their fuel and activity choices, creating a healthy balance, resulting in longer life span. Today, life expectancy for men is 84 years of age, and for women it’s 86 years of age, respectively. Way to go.

So, I guess the answer is “yes,” real men do eat quinoa.

Here’s a healthy recipe for quinoa tortillas created by my friend, Will, a chef out in Seattle.
It’s gluten free and vegetarian, and if you don’t add the cheese, it’s vegan! Most of all, it’s yummy and substantial, making it a perfect meal for men, women, and the whole family.

Quinoa Tortillas
Tri-colored quinoa steamed
Corn tortillas, lightly browned in a pan with olive oil
Sautéed green and red bell peppers, onions, green chilies, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper
Black beans
Jalapeños
Corn (optional)
Grated Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese (optional)

Lisa Cerasoli
Author, editor, entrepreneur, mom, and gal who likes to be fit.