It sounded like a good idea to name this article, the no diet diet because simply saying the word “diet” automatically takes my mind to food deprivation. I wake up in the morning knowing I won’t be able to have some of my favorite foods, and well it’s just not pretty!
Reasons For Dieting
As we age, the reason for dieting may no longer be just because we want to look better, but now our reason has to do with our health. The most common health reasons are usually diabetes, high blood sugar, or high bad cholesterol.
It’s amazing how you can go along, living your life….go to your doctor for a routine check up and find out you are pre diabetic or diabetic with high cholesterol. You wonder “how did this happen, I feel fine”. Feeling fine with no symptoms of anything dreadful looming is actually the scary part. Scary in that you don’t know that something is going on inside of your body that is not good.
As we age, our metabolism changes which changes the way we digest food. You’ve probably noticed an increase in your waistline and maybe swollen ankles and you pretty much wear a larger size dress.
Stop that weight gain before it get out of control, not just for appearance sake, but to reverse the diabetes and bring down the cholesterol count and blood sugar.
This is how I found out my LDL levels were too high. It was a regular check up at the doctor’s office. The “Change” was the furthest thing from my mind. I was given my blood test and the results the same day.
It stated “you are in menopause” and some other stuff along with a list of foods to eat and not eat. No one talked to me about this…. I didn’t know enough to understand what was going on. Fast forward to the present….
Make a Life Style Change
I had to make a life style change in terms of my eating habits. You see, I didn’t change the way I was consuming food until years later. I really didn’t understand the consequences and the effects of my then eating habits.
Doctors see so many patients, that they sometimes don’t take the time to make a woman understand exactly what’s happening during this time of life. It is absolutely necessary to take care with what you are eating. No need to go on a traditional diet.
Instead of talking about dieting, I prefer to refer to it as a “life style”. I love a good turkey burger, fries and a drink — as I become more and more aware what certain foods are doing to our bodies, I can easily say no.
It does not mean I don’t eat burgers or fries anymore, I do, but with intentionality and a healthier version. For example, when I eat meat, it’s from grass fed beef or free-range chicken. For the most part, I buy plant based meat.
When I do eat bread, it’s sour dough or pita. I still fry my food, but with olive oil and coconut oil basically. I also fry with grapeseed oil, but have since found out that grapeseed oil should be eliminated because of toxins and the way it’s processed. More research is needed before I stop using it.
Fruits and vegetables, whether cooked using steam, fried, baked or raw for salads, are the mainstays of my life style eating.
Plain water or water with cut up fruit or mint leaves are my choice of drinks over sweet sugary drinks.
I’m not saying that you won’t have a hankering for your old bad eating habits, but as you become aware of the effects of bad and good nutrition, you’ll want to do the right thing. It may even prolong your life.
Examples of Classy Senior Women
If you are a Senior Sister like me, it’s probably safe to say that you’ve heard of Suzanne Somers, however, you may not be familiar with Barbara Hoffman. These two beautiful senior women are truly an example of aging “Gracefully”.
In my view, they epitomize the meaning of Classy Senior Sisters. Suzanne Somers is 70+ and Barbara Hoffman is late 60+ or even 70. They both are gorgeous, energetic and health conscious.
Weight Loss Help
Suzanne Somers has several websites. For weight and fat loss go to suzannesomers.com/weight loss. She has exercise equipment, protein mix and books on dieting and losing fat.
Barbara Hoffman not only has books on dieting and fat loss, she has you tube videos and a website chock-full of information in various areas of aging. You definitely want to read her book called “Eat Yourself Slender” and others.
Good Foods and Oils
Virgin coconut oil ( for high heat cooking)
Macadamia nut oil (pricey)
Butter (low heat cooking)
Vegetables: broccoli, asparagus, onion, leeks, green beans, greens, cauliflower, lettuce, radishes, cucumbers, bell peppers, mushrooms, spinach, chilies
Fruits: cherries, oranges, grapefruit, strawberries, cantaloupe, peaches, apricots, grapes, kiwi, berries, passion fruit, rhubarb
Protein: eggs, fish, beef, chicken, lamb, turkey, beans
Doctors who promote healing and health through healthy eating may disagree on the various fruits and veggies choices, but I’m taking my own liberties when it comes to fruits and veggies choices that I love so much. I feel like if it grows from the earth, how bad can it be?
Of course, buy organic and non GMO.
Some doctors recommend the vegan diet. However, many people are just not ready to quit meat and dairy. I have personally reduced my consumption of meat, even when it’s grassfed.
My doctor says to watch the carbohydrates. Stay clear of simple carbs and replace them with complex carbs. Simple carbs raise the blood sugar level very quickly when it enters the body, which spikes insulin levels. Complex carbs does not raise sugar levels like simple, and thus does not spike insulin levels.
What the Glycemic Index Numbers Mean
55 or less is good – sugar spike is low
56-69 medium sugar spike is obviously higher at this level
70 and above high sugar spike is high and when sugar level goes back down, you may get a feeling of drowsiness or lethargic.
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I have more to say on this subject on my future blog.
Be Blessed and Be a Blessing
PattiB, the Classy Senior