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A new year means new opportunity to improve yourself. And just seven days into 2014, on Tuesday evening iconic broadcast journalist Jane Pauley told Piers Morgan that no matter how old you are, it’s never too late for reinvention.
Pauley spent more than 30 years as an anchor at NBC, but she know says that the fun isn't necessarily over when the rat race of work ambition winds down. As she explains in her new book, contrary to the beliefs of many Baby Boomers, the post-50 years can be filled with self-discovery and creativity as the pressures of work and child-rearing ease up:
“It is an opportunity with a greater life expectancy and to remain productive and creative on your own terms,” she told told Morgan.
Pauley hopes that by redefining the aging process, future generations may also be more optimistic and saved from the dreaded “midlife crisis”:
“We are changing the way people look at the midlife decades.”
Getting healthy and sticking to New Years resolutions isn't easy – not even for TV personality Sherri Shepherd. Joining "Piers Morgan Live" on Tuesday, the "The View" co-host spoke about the process detailed in her new book, "Plan D: How to Lose Weight and Beat Diabetes (Even If You Don't Have It)."
Joining Piers Morgan for a live interview, Shepherd explained that one of the most important steps is to love yourself, and not beat yourself up when you encounter pitfalls in fitness plans:
“I think that you have to be your own best friend and you have to learn to forgive yourself because this is a journey. This is not a sprint.”
A journey without juicy "Big Macs" and salty French fries? Joking with Shepherd, Morgan noted that the healthy food staples of diet plans are often a lot less scrumptious than the guilty pleasures of junk food. The guest, however, guarded against the dangers of instant food gratification:
“You know what, 'Big Macs' are tasty but how do you feel afterwards, Piers? You feel bloated, you feel groggy, you don't have a lot of energy," she explained. "That's what I want people to take notice of, it does taste good but the feelings afterwards, you don't feel so good about yourself… And that's what I'm talking about in Plan D, we're just getting a new relationship with food.”
It may never be too late to revolutionize eating habits, but why wait until adulthood? As part of Tuesday night’s edition of "Piers Morgan Live," the host spoke with Jaime Oliver, a celebrity chef and healthy food crusader who advocates for better eating habits for children in UK and US public schools.
Joining Piers Morgan live, Oliver explained how 21st century children could break the trend in shoddy eating habits by learning about the value of veggies and home cooked meals early on:
“This is definitely the first generation where kids can be expected to teach their parents about food," he said. "I think when it comes to education and food and the environment nature kids love it. In elementary school, they go crazy for it.”
Oliver also gave Morgan an update on his fight against processed foods:
“We've had some amazing wins in the last two years,” noted the chef, referencing his work with California school food services.
But Oliver isn't nearly done:
“I think the best is yet to come here. I really do.”