We all have experienced “Life Changer” Transitions in our lives :-
- Getting our first full-time job
- Getting married
- Having children
- Moving to a new place
But the BIG one is Retirement.
This is it……….. no other transition in life carries the weight of retirement. All the others can be adjusted if needs be – i.e. there’s time. Not so with Retirement. It is not easy to “rewind” and fix your mistakes. It’s a “cause to pause” … and deep-think. A time to get it right. The more we discuss, and explore, and seek opinions etc, the more we should be able to handle this Transition satisfactorily.
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Volume 6 – Sleep, Eat and Retire
Part 2 – Eat.
This is the second of our 2-part Series. This week … the eating business.
I think when we were younger, especially in our teen years (“Can I see that far back”..?), food was really a non-event in our lives. We would “eat and run”. No time for sitting at the table, with family. No time to even sit in a café or restaurant. No time, period.
So the notion that we would think about WHAT we were eating never entered our minds. Hamburgers, fries, milk shakes, and worse, were all consumed with a sense of joy and happiness, but even that was a momentary thing, in the passing.
Then middle age set in and we were either in the “eat and enjoy” club, regardless of the consequences … or … we were beginning to think about what was good for us – and what was bad for us.
If you’re like me, you went through any number of cycles of various foods.
For a while I would eat a lot of yoghurt, then sickened myself with it. I ate bananas for a while and likewise went off them for years. I was so into red meats for years, so much so, that fortunately, I turned off that too. I still enjoy a hamburger once every odd month, but no red meat these days.
Oh boy, have they been fun (not). I have never been an advocate of following specific diets, especially from diet experts who make millions from selling their books. I have no problem with them making money and I certainly have no problem with people buying the book and following the diet. If it works for you, great. It doesn’t for me.
In fact a few years ago, I designed my own diet programme. I called it “The Donut Diet”. I believe that “Diets are for Donuts”. Oops. I’ll share it one of these days.
Anyway, the eating part of getting older takes on increasing significance as time moves along. Rightly so. We may realize that we can’t feel young any more, but we can certainly feel good. And if the foods we eat have anything to do with that, then concentrating on what we eat is critical to our health and well-being.
I get confused with carbs, calories, fiber, proteins, sodium content, sugar content and so forth. I have never been able to determine what mix works best for me. Maybe I should think seriously about the various elements and quantities thereof, but I don’t. Too often I think that this food is good for me, only to discover that it is the producers of that food who tell me so – then somewhere else I read that there are other aspects to that food which are bad for me. Yikes. Confusion rules.
I certainly agree that watching the foods we eat, in these advanced years, is of paramount importance, not just to my (medical) health, but to how I feel every day. Tired, listless, depressed, bored and many more, are real symptoms, affected by food (not exclusively, but substantially). I firmly believe that.
My approach therefore is to not focus too much on the combinations of carbs, calories and so forth, but to try and eat smaller portions of “good” foods (organic for example) and to avoid “expanding” the stomach. I hate doing brunch. I eat buckets of food, then 5 hours later I’m hungry again. Expanding the tummy is not a clever idea. So, eat in moderation, eat well, eat sensibly and let the diet people do their own thing. The older we get the less food we need.
I will be posting this in our Olderhood International Club and I know that I will see many responses and ideas from our worldwide membership of various cultures. So, maybe when I have read them, I will come back and do a more specific ”What to eat in Olderhood” article. Comments and contributions are very welcome. Share and show you Care.
“The past cannot be changed.
The future is yet in your power.
Hugh White, Author
Next week - Transitions Issue 7 - “In-betweeny”