When I received the contribution from my next Guest in the Over 50 & Thriving Series, I immediately loved the title! Everything about the title fits with my philosophy because if we don’t take care of the ‘Now You’ what hope is there for the ‘Future You’?
Jean from Delightful Repast is my guest this week and I have to admit that I know her for her delicious recipes that she posts. However, her contribution for Thriving Over 50 made me realise that Jean and I think the same way when it comes to the word ‘diet’ in relation to losing weight.
You can connect with Jean through the links to her website and social media at the end of her post
Thriving by Taking Care of the ‘Now You’ and the ‘Future You’
Are you tired of losing and regaining those same excess pounds over and over again in an endless loop?
Are you losing faith in “the next big thing” in diets that seem to spring up every week?
Have you just about given up?
Because diets don’t work. You will never get permanent results from temporary diets. Age 50 is a real milestone for women, time to get down to business. Even if you’re well past 50, it’s never too late to improve your health.
Even if weight is not an issue and you have no current health problems, you may need to make changes for the sake of the Future You. I firmly believe what Hippocrates said more than two millennia ago, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”
I’m a food blogger and excellent baker, if I do say so myself, so you can be sure I love food and have not adopted some extreme “diet” that deprives me of entire food groups or the foods I’ve loved all my life. I strive for a healthy way of eating that is sustainable for life.
Two Keys to Over 50 & Thriving: Eat Right and Get Moving
Age 50 is a wakeup call for many of us because we realize we’re not going to be young forever. If we’re going to avoid frailty and keep our mobility in the decades ahead, we have to get serious about eating right and getting regular weight-bearing and other exercise.
Physical inactivity at this stage can result in disability or frailty in later life. It’s the ideal time to begin, or continue, strength training to slow down these effects for the Future You. And it’s time to stop jumping on (and off) every diet bandwagon that rolls down the road.
There are all kinds of diets out there (why wouldn’t there be, people are making billions of dollars off them)—diets where you eat nothing but plants, or nothing but meat, or no “white” foods, or no carbohydrates, or no fats, or no fruit; diets where you count calories or macros or consume only a “system’s” expensive packaged products.
It doesn’t have to be that complicated. Or that time-consuming and annoying. Or that expensive. In fact, my way of eating is none of those things. Four of my top five health recommendations cost nothing at all.
My Top Five Health Recommendations
1.Never consume more than 6 teaspoons (24 grams) of sugar in a day, while never ingesting artificial sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup. Your sugar cravings will magically disappear in short order. I’ve been doing this for several years and will never stop. The details are here: Sugar–Toxin or Treat
2. Look into 16:8 Intermittent Fasting.
It has numerous health benefits and will result in natural and sustainable weight (fat) loss without giving up your favorite foods or restricting calories, carbs or fat. I’ve been doing it for a year and will do it for the rest of my life. The details are here: Intermittent Fasting 16/8–It’s Not Just What You Eat, But When You Eat.
Note: Don’t skip these links. These are two easy lifestyle changes that are sustainable for a lifetime. They take willpower out of the equation. You will never “diet” again.
3. Determine what supplements you need to be taking and take them every day. One supplement I added to my arsenal last year is Vitamin K-2 (MK-7), which prevents calcium from going where it shouldn’t, like your arteries and kidneys, and directs it to where it needs to go, your bones and teeth.
4. Exercise daily. Walking is ideal, but you also need strength training and stretching. I work out solo, but if you prefer working out with others, join a gym or class. In the US, some insurance plans provide free fitness programs.
5. Never take a drug or have a medical procedure for anything that can be treated by a lifestyle change. Save the “big guns,” with all their risks and side effects, for problems you can’t fix yourself.
It’s easy to say “I don’t have the time to exercise” or “I don’t have the money to eat well and take supplements.” But if we don’t find the time and money now to build health, sooner or later we’ll have to find the time and money to treat illness. Take care of Now You, and the Future You will thank you!
Jean started Delightful Repast in February 2010 to share her favorite comfort foods. Though she’s an omnivore, recipes she’s developed include gluten-free, nondairy, vegan and vegetarian as well as dishes that reflect her heritage (half English, half Southern) and eclectic tastes. She also likes to slip in health and wellness tips now and then.
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