Let’s face it.  No one wants to feel bloated, tired and constantly battling an irritated gut, right?  And, finding the right nutrition balance for you in midlife can be tricky.  What if I told you – you can find healthy nutrition that make sense for you and works for your body in midlife and beyond??
Beautiful, colorful food = Good Nutrition
We are all looking for it.  Healthy Nutrition that makes our mind and body feel great, doesn’t cause bloating and helps you sleep like a baby!  Its out there but you have to be willing to look for it and do a bit of experimenting.  You need healthy nutrition that works for you, fits into your life and you are willing to commit to. Trying to find the perfect “diet” is a bit like looking for a four-leaf clover, a needle in a haystack or the fountain of youth!  Not impossible but it takes time; and the information out there can be confusing and frustrating.  And we all know that there is not “one” diet that works for everyone. Let’s take a quick look at a few of the most popular “diet” trends right now that are considered healthy nutrition: Keto – Simply put, Ketosis is a natural metabolic process in the body.  When your body does not get enough carbohydrates from food to burn energy, it starts to burn stored fat as energy.  The Keto Diet is a very low carb diet (about 25 to 30 grams if you are consuming 2000 calories per day) that puts your body in Ketosis so that it uses fat stored for energy.  Meals center around lean meats, healthy fats, higher fat dairy and low carb veggies (green leafy, tomatoes, squash, etc.).
Santa Fe Beans and Rice
Paleo – If a caveman didn’t eat it, then you shouldn’t either.  Paleo encourages lean cuts of meat, fish, veggies, nuts and seeds.  No calorie counting.  Nothing processed, no grains, dairy, potatoes or salt.  The diet claims that the body is mismatched to modern foods that have come into being in the past 10,000 years. Whole30 – The focus of Whole30 is to help you determine which foods might be causing inflammation in your body, food intolerances and hormonal imbalances.  In our highly processed food world, Whole30 suggest that you can determine these issues by eating whole natural foods for 30 days.  Those foods include fruits, veggies, lean cuts of meats, nuts, seeds and some healthy fats.  It does include eggs (which can be a big issue for some).  Once the 30 days are up, you can begin to add foods back in to see if they bother you. The Mediterranean Diet – US News and World Report named this the best way to eat for 2018.  This diet is based on consuming heart healthy foods such as veggies, fruit, lean proteins, seeds, nuts, healthy fats and oils, and whole grains.  No processed foods here.  It is suggested to limit red meats to a few times a month while eating chicken and fish at least twice per week.  This diet has been shown to reduce LDL’s (low-density lipoprotein) in your cholesterol.  This is the “bad” cholesterol that can build up in your blood. Are you seeing the same common theme that I am??  Eating more veggies, lean meats and fish, healthy fats and whole grains = healthy nutrition.  Common sense rules here.  All of the above diets have the same main premise – eat more whole foods and consume less processed foods. Having been through my own trial and error looking for healthy nutrition, I have adapted parts of all of these “diets” to suit my healthy lifestyle.  YOU CAN TOO.  During the past six years, I have tried several different ways to eat.  It takes patience, but it is part of the learning process and you’ll end up eating healthy nutritious foods you love that make your body feel good. Don’t look for a diet, look for healthy nutrition that makes sense to you and will become part of your healthy mid-lifestyle! I have included a couple of links to recipes I created for my healthy mid-lifestyle.  Click here to try them out! Taco Soup Santa Fe Beans and Rice Instant Pot Beef and Broccoli To receive more information about nourishing your mind, body and soul For a Good Life After 50, Subscribe here
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