Diets are at the nexus of a multi-billion dollar industry, often the stuff of empty promises and switch and bait advertising. I’ve had a longstanding interest in nutrition as a science, and was pleased to read an article {The New York Times Magazine, March 6, 2011} about a “Die-Later Diet.”

I highly recommend that you consider this model menu as an example of good nutrition for a healthier life, if not a longer one, inspired by David Murdock:

{The good news – there’s no monthly fee, you don’t have to call an 800 number, and you could even save on your grocery bill.}

David Murdock, a major investor in longevity research and the chairman of Dole Food, is convinced that the right variety of plants eaten in copious amounts offers the promise of optimal health. Below is one day’s worth of meals. Total calories: 1,545. His current age: 87. His goal: 125.

Breakfast (8-9 a.m.)
Cold whole natural grains with fruit and almond milk, accompanied by an egg-white omelet and a smoothie that includes up to 20 different kinds of fruit and vegetables.


Lunch (1 p.m.)
Vegetable soup (recipe) made from organic vegetable broth, fresh vegetables and fresh herbs; salmon with steamed vegetables and whole grains.


Afternoon Snack (3-4 p.m.)
Crackers with natural peanut butter or almond butter and fresh fruit.


Dinner (6:30-7 p.m.)
A salad dressed with olive oil, accompanied by vegetable soup and white fish with steamed vegetables and grains.


Chocolate cookies made from dark cocoa and walnuts (high in antioxidants) and honey.


The wide variety of nutrient-rich foods makes a lot of sense based upon the scientific literature on nutrition. Personally, I would add daily physical and mental rigorous activity, laughter, drinking lots of filtered water and a glass or two of good wine. Even if it does not extend one’s life, it’s not a bad way to go.


  1. #1 megan
    March 6, 2011

    Sound pretty much like the low processed, additives and salt/corn syrup/sugars, high nutritional diet you can easily shop for and not spend money on books and special trademark foods like Adkins/Jenny Craig crap. I know I have to avoid most starch and processed wheat/grains, no real pastries or anything even fruit that will shoot my glucose levels sky high, as I’m older an prone to age related diabetes and kidney issues. One can print and Google a food list free and cheap, than spend on fad items, advisers, doctors or trainers.

  2. #2 Fred Hogg
    March 13, 2011

    I just finished reading the article about David Murdock. Sounds great to me. I have always tried to exercise and eat right.. However, I grew up with a hovering mother that thought that the “good rich cream” on the top of the non pasteurized milk was good for me and that I should eat plenty so I wouldn’t starve to death and don’t pass up the fat on the sirloin steak because we paid for it.

    Luckily I just turned 77 last month and will go along with Mr Murdock. The internet is a wonderful place to go to add to the stories you get elsewhere.

    A “bad” start doesn’t necessitate a poor finish.

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    April 25, 2013

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