healthy diet over 50 the key to aging

it’s time to get real, ladies. real about a four-letter word that plagues us. can you guess? yes, diet is a four-letter word. literally and figuratively. this one little word has all sorts of negative connotations, especially for women of a certain age. our generation grew up experimenting with fad diets to lose weight, counting calories, cutting fats, drinking one-calorie sodas, all while compromising our health and our microbiome. food became our enemy, not our friend. all sorts of advice have been thrown our way for over 40 years. exercise more, eat less, lose ten pounds in ten days, low carb, no-carb, low fat, no fats, all while portion sizes at restaurants were getting bigger and bigger each year. and processed foods snuck sugar into anything and everything without our knowledge. let me ask if any of those yo-yo diets worked? oh, sure, the weight may have come off in the short term then slowly crept back once we went back to our old eating habits. it was a vicious cycle for many of us. but the biggest myth of all is that once menopause sets in and our hormones change, we blindly accept a wider waistline and the weight gain that accompanies it. to which i say, “rubbish!”

ladies, it’s time to get real about our diet. and change it for good. according to Merriam Webster’s dictionary, diet is simply a word that refers to habitual nourishment. period. end of story. once we begin to think of food as our friend, that food is nourishment, and more importantly, our diet is the solution and not the problem then our lives will change in dramatic ways. 

with so many weight loss tips, diets and information thrown our way, it can be confusing to navigate our way to a healthy lifestyle. and i emphasize healthy because while you will lose weight with opens in a new windowFASTer Way to Fat Loss, the program is focused on choosing the right foods, balancing your macros and of course exercising, which is important at any age but especially as we age. each year we lose an alarming rate of muscle.

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since i have been on a health journey for the past three years, every step of the way has been dedicated to educate myself and incorporate a nutrition philosophy that’s a way of life. food is medicine, food is powerful, and nutrient-rich foods can impact your health and your life. when we make the right choices, our quality of life will improve, not just our pants size. although that will change too! this blog and social channels are dedicated to aging with grace, strength, and beauty, and it all begins with our diet. for the past two months, i’ve been testing multiple products from opens in a new windowSakara, a plant-based company founded by two females – Danielle and Whitney. opens in a new windowSakara’s mission: Nourish your body and change your life. We deliver organic, plant-rich meals and products to doorsteps nationwide.  opens in a new windowSakara also has a fantastic cookbook available, opens in a new windowEat Clean Play Dirty, loaded with delicious recipes. this cookbook truly is amazing, and i’ve loved every recipe to date. no, i’m not a vegetarian, i’m a flexitarian as i will always love a good steak or hamburger. and i don’t believe in restriction or guilt. it’s all about balance which sometimes means having that glass of wine instead of a green smoothie. but i do enjoy plant-based meals that nourish my body because it’s a long-term and sustainable way of taking care of me.

Sexiest Salad in New York City

Ingredients

  • ¼cupsliced almonds
  • 8cupstorn kale
  • ¼cupcooked or canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • ½cupblueberries
  • ½cupraspberries
  • 1peach, thinly sliced
  • 4largestrawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
  • 1tbsphemp seeds

Cinnamon Vinaigrette

  • ¼cupsunflower oil
  • 2tbspwildflower honey
  • 2tbspDijon mustard
  • 3tspapple cider vinegar
  • ½tspground cinnamon
  • pinchHimalayan salt

Instructions

  1. Make the dressing: In a jar or blender, add all the ingredients. Shake or blend until completely smooth. Set aside.

  2. Scatter the sliced almonds in a large pan over medium-low heat. Toast the nuts, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned and fragrant, about 5 minutes. Set aside to cool.

  3. In 2 medium bowls, make beds with the kale. Top with the chickpeas, blueberries, raspberries, peach, and strawberries. Sprinkle with the chives, hemp seeds, and toasted almonds and drizzle with the dressing.

Recipe Notes

Recipe from Eat Clean Play Dirty

 

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all right, gang, it’s time to clean up our lives and diet for good. am i right?! it’s time to be the best version of ourselves. happy sunday.

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12 Comments

  1. Sue wrote:

    I totally agree, Beth. I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer 11 years ago, and after a gruelling year of surgery and chemo, I researched diet and nutrition and completely overhauled my lifestyle. I eat healthily, enjoy a glass of wine and dark chocolate, and exercise every day, walking plus strength training at home. I’m the fittest I’ve ever been at 66! Good food and a positive attitude keep me a happy bunny!

    Posted 3.28.21Reply
    • i always love to hear a happy ending! good for you for incorporating a healthy lifestyle. keep on going!

      Posted 3.28.21Reply
  2. Eve wrote:

    My husband passed away on Feb 2 and I’m just beginning to figure out how to cook for one. I might get some ideas from these meal plans.

    Posted 3.28.21Reply
    • it’s definitely a challenge cooking for one. take it one step at a time.

      Posted 3.28.21Reply
  3. excellent information for good health!!

    Posted 3.28.21Reply
  4. Andrea wrote:

    Excellent Covid post, Beth. At the beginning of lockdowns here in Canada, my friends threw themselves into baking – and then they ate it. I don’t keep sweets in the house as I find, out of sight works for me. When I bake for special occasions, I eat it for breakfast and have the day to work it off. I love my daily wine with supper and fresh bread from my bread maker. Making peace with ourselves requires compromise, I think.

    Exercise is so very key. My diabetic friends (type 2), bundle up and do a daily 30 min. walk regardless of weather. I really noticed a change in my arms, torso, and legs because of a couple of injuries and then Covid, keeping me from doing pool laps. I decided to do my own 15 min weightlifting morning and night, and at 72, in two months, my arms are back in pool shape.

    Eating basic food, in proper proportions and doing an exercise routine you enjoy will help go the distance. No one sticks with anything that constantly makes them feel punished. Good health should always be honoured.

    Posted 3.28.21Reply
    • a healthy diet along with exercise is key at any age but especially as we age. i’m so happy to hear how you honor your body with good health!

      Posted 3.29.21Reply
  5. 5 stars
    Thank for giving us some expert information in this post. Very enlightening and well-written article.
    I am sure this article will be more useful for many readers such as myself.

    Posted 3.29.21Reply
  6. Lindsey A wrote:

    I just finished a mindfulness class last week, and one of the techniques was mindful eating. I had an epiphany about so many times we just eat quickly without paying attention, just because we ‘need’ to. I realized and decided that if I’m going to put something in my body, I’m only putting in what I like, and I’m going to take the time to enjoy it and pay attention to whether I’m even hungry before I start eating, and to my body cues about fullness as I continue eating too.

    Posted 3.30.21Reply
    • that’s a very thoughtful way to live and eat.

      Posted 3.30.21Reply
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