Health: a relationship between you & your body
To my way of thinking, the experts cannot agree on the perfect eating plan. If you had 5 health and nutrition experts in a room there would be certain foods and eating practises that they would disagree on. They might each support a different eating discipline.
I don’t want to label myself as Paleo or Vegan or Vegetarian – I mean, could they be any more different! From eating large quantities of lean protein, to avoiding animal products altogether.
I don’t want to eliminate entire food groups from my life, although I am happy to restrict certain foods that are known aggravators of the sensitivities I’ve developed in mid-life, and certain foods that are simply not cool for disease prevention.
I want to take the best from all the eating disciplines, to form my own beliefs and tailor an eating plan that suits me. I want to eat a variety of foods; choosing them for energy and a healthy weight. I want to eat for, and with, enjoyment. I don’t want to be beating myself up about eating something that was ‘off-limits’, or feeling guilty about treats, social occasion eating and dining out. I want to try new recipes, enjoy cooking and sharing food. I want it to be one of my life’s pleasures and passions.
I want to base my eating on what’s right for me, what suits my body NOW. Things change…. I know the foods that cause my tummy troubles and negatively impact my digestion, or make me tired mid-afternoon, or make my skin break-out.
I want to eat 80% healthy and 20% whatever I feel like.
This is living with BALANCE…. enough restraint to be healthy and enough indulgence to be alive!
Sure, there is more than one way to lose weight or maintain a certain weight. But in mid-life I think the ONLY way is to make a realistic lifestyle change based on an approach that you can follow through on because you believe it is a good choice for your health.
Just as we all experience a different journey through menopause, we all need to find what works for us with regards to weight management and eating for optimal health.
If you are not where you want to be, then take some time this new year to consider how much you want to make a change…. remembering that nothing changes until we change something, until we actually change some of our daily habits.
Things the experts do tend to agree on:
Here’s a quick browse list of things you can change or tweak straight off the bat….
– Eat grass-fed meat rather than grain-fed (check your labels and/or buy from a reputable source)
– Cut back on grains that raise insulin levels…. avoid wheat and corn altogether and limit rye, barley & oats
– Choose the ancient grains such as quinoa, farro, freekeh, spelt, tapioca/sago, millet, amaranth, buckwheat & chia
– Eat real food, not processed food…. ditch foods that come ready-made in a packet!
– Consider going dairy free (or at least limiting it to ‘treat’ occasions)
– Eat less sugar…. learn to make healthy treats using the alternatives
– The old advice of ‘an apple a day’ is still good advice
– Eat more lean protein and vegetables
– Love breakfast! Set yourself up right for the day….
– Eat more good fats (such as almonds, avocado, coconut, olives/olive oil, dark chocolate, peanut butter, linseeds)
– Eat fermented foods (such as sauerkraut, kombucha, miso, probiotic yoghurt)
– Try intermittent fasting for weight loss and overall health improvement
The above is extracted from my e-book ‘Mid-life Amazing! Food for health, maintenance and enjoyment’.
It’s a resource that will help you get started on the road to better health. It provides the tips and tricks for boosting a slowing mid-life metabolism, and the food facts that will enable you to formulate your own eating plan to suit you.
There’s over 170 pages of inspiration and recipes, along with details of the changes that have worked for me in maintaining my health through an energy crisis, hormonal imbalance, early-onset and prolonged menopause that caused weight gain and digestive troubles.
If starting on the road to balanced eating and glowing health is a resolution you want to move from thought to deed this coming year, then I know my little book will get you started.
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Here’s another list to help you get straight to the good stuff….. It’s all about doing the right things 80% of the time, and below are the best-of-the-best for inclusion in your diet, or to supplement with. It’s a great list to check in with prior to making your grocery list or planning your meals for the week.
Top 20 supplements, foods, and spices for mid-life
2. Vitamin D
3. Vitamin C
8. Chia seeds
9. Almonds/almond milk
13. Sweet potato
14. Cayenne pepper
15. Maple syrup
16. Manuka honey
17. Apple cider vinegar
19. Coconut oil
You can read about the health benefits of many of these in my e-book, as well as find simple recipes for getting them into your weekly eating.
Also, check out these posts by The Me in Menopause for additional information:
Take control for yourself through knowledge and practical application. Begin to heal through food, do the best you can for remaining disease free, and eat to ward off unnecessary premature aging. Develop the right relationship between you and the foods you eat, how you think about eating, how and when you eat, and the joy you get from one of life’s most incredible pleasures.
At mid-life it’s the old story – the ‘mid-life collide’. If you have not been taking care of your health then the impacts will start to show and be felt now. You DESERVE to feel great, look fantastic, and lead an amazing mid-life 🙂