Thursday, February 07, 2013
By the time we reach the age of 40, all of the years of fast food and abuse to which we have subjected our bodies begin to take a toll. We begin to discover that foods we could eat when we were younger create fatty deposits and cause more of that “middle age spread” than we want to see. Yes, it is frustrating to say the least, but nothing we can do will make it stop. No secret formula exists that will give us back the fast burning metabolism we had in our youth, so we have to find a way to fool nature.
Just how do we avoid the pitfalls of middle age? By eating healthy foods, we can help keep our figures more youthful. This means eating less red meat and fatty foods, and eating more poultry, fish, and other foods which are low in fat. As one passes the age of 40, there is a greater need for green and leafy vegetables and foods rich in fiber and high in iron as well. While in our youth we enjoyed fried chicken, we now must learn to eat grilled or baked, preferably without the skin on it. Salt should be used in small quantities as possible and only on foods which are necessary.
One suggestion is to not add salt to foods until they are full cooked. In this way, you are able to cut back on your salt intake that is responsible for foot and ankle swelling in middle age. Whole grains and whole wheat bread is another alternative as there is less salt and more fiber than in white bread. Substitute brown rice for white rice; it tastes the same and is healthier for you since it is considered in the complex carbohydrates category and not the simple carbohydrates category which contain sugars. Learn to read the ingredients on the foods you purchase and stay away from all those high fat, high sugar foods of eaten throughout our youth.
One of the major problems many people have is drinking water, and although this is extremely important throughout our entire life, it is more important as we age. The body is 2/3 water, so to maintain a healthy lifestyle, we must always keep water replenished. In order to do that, we must replace the “dirty” water that is in our body with fresh water, which means drinking at least sixty-four ounces of water per day. If you are not a water drinker, some of this can be substituted in the form of fruit juices and decaffeinated iced tea or coffee, but at least forty ounces needs to be water itself. If that is difficult for you, add some lemon juice or purchase fruit flavored water such as Fruit2O.
As we age, we have to be much more careful of our health, and remember that we only have one body, and this is the last chance we will be given to take care of it.