I am one of those who has battled weight issues most all of my life and I truly understand the temptation to just give up and say, “Eat, play and be happy!” However, there are health and emotional issues that take on a life of their own when we give in and give up, especially giving up on being able to live healthy after 50.
With the busy lives we lead and the need to make things simple, it's easy to skip meals, pick up fast food, and plop down in front of the TV after a long day. It is a common belief that eating healthy is too expensive and time-consuming, living healthy is too much work, and healthy products cost a lot more … life is just too short to spend all that energy and money on being healthy! I'm here to tell you it doesn't have to be this way. I want to share some ways to make it easier.
Living and Eating Healthy Isn't a Prison Sentence
When I was growing up, we didn't focus so much on reading labels and preparing healthy meals. Now we have an entire population that has steadily increased in obesity rates. From 22.3% of the population in Colorado to 37.7% in West Virginia … Childhood obesity among children ages 2 to 5 has experienced a significant rise since around 2013. What about adults over 50? If it's harder to lose weight the older you get, the better the chances are that adults over 50 will at least be overweight, if not obese.
We believed, “no pain, no gain” and “nothing good is achieved when something is easy to do.” So how do I fight the weight and decline in health and still stay encouraged to live a healthy lifestyle? By finding a healthy diet, exercise, and lifestyle that I can maintain and not feel like I'm giving up the joys and pleasure of my life to live longer.
- Healthy food doesn't have to taste bad
- Exercise doesn't have to be painful
- Healthy living doesn't have to be hard work
Healthy Food Doesn't Have To Taste Bad or Be Difficult
I was a caffeine and sugar addict which led to roller coaster dieting and skipping meals to get to enjoy the deserts. Just the thought of giving up coffee or sodas gave me a headache. BUT … when I was diagnosed with diabetes and told I had to start insulin injections, the fear of needles caused me to rethink the need for caffeine and sugar. I used essential oils to fight the “withdrawal” which wasn't really bad at all.
Once I got rid of the caffeine food started tasting better. The caffeine was actually deadening my taste buds. Food I had never been interested in before suddenly had flavor. I needed to give my body the fuel it needed as my body was aging and it seemed such a daunting task … I was dreading the shopping, the cost, and the time-consuming prep and cooking.
I was still working and still had places to be and people that needed me … I found some services that assisted me with all of that.
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Exercise Doesn't Have To Be Painful
Healthy doesn't require a gym membership. We know that once we are past a certain age, we begin to lose muscular strength, balance, and flexibility, but that doesn't mean we have to just let go and go quietly into the grave. We just have to learn to listen to our body and know what it needs and what to avoid.
We need to learn that variety is good for the body and mind. Routine got us through life when we needed it, but after 50 we need to give our mind, body, and spirit the opportunity to experience life and all it has to offer that will bring us joy and health. Try swimming, walking, yoga, weight resistance training to work on your muscle strength and core. Think about your routine and switch things up a little …
- Park further away from the office or store
- Avoid elevators and escalators and take the stairs
- Don't over commit to exercise routines – 10 minutes twice a day is a good place to start
- Don't set goals that are a huge burden
Healthy Living Doesn't Have to be Hard Work
We think of healthy living as hard, but having fun takes the hard out of it. We tend to deprive ourselves of the things we crave or feel drawn to do. Our mind is set on limiting our pleasure so that we aren't taking on guilt for all of the pleasure we experience. Maybe we need a mind “reset”.
- If exercise was more like playing … I can dance, I can hike, I can walk the dog (or cat if they will allow it).
- If my job was something I was passionate about … you are never too old to find something that lights a fire in your soul.
- If I took time each day to have moments of pleasure … take a hot bubble bath, read a good book, enjoy gardening or bird watching. Add some aromatherapy to your day for relaxation and rejuvenation.
- Eat FUN stuff. Healthy food doesn't have to be boring. Try freezing fresh fruit in ice trays for fruity ice cubes in your water or other healthy drinks. Food is more satisfying when you enjoy eating it.
- Laugh often … it's a stress release and just feels good.
- Find new hobbies. It's important to continue to develop new interests to keep your mind healthy too. The brain is a muscle and needs to be exercised just like our other muscles to avoid muscle loss. Start a bird sanctuary in your backyard (start with a few bird feeders and grow from there), plant flowers, be creative and paint your fence.
It's just really important to find the joy in the moments of each day and stop the mad rush to get to the “finish line”. The line will be moved just as you reach it anyway. The destination is not the prize … it's the journey. Take time to just be … and enjoy! Life will just be better.
Don't forget to maintain an attitude of gratitude!
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