Thus far in this column about retirement happiness, we’ve avoided talking about eating, food, diets, etc.
Eating is such a personal choice and regardless of how many “one size fits all” diets we see on television, the fact is that we are all different. So, to try and discuss eating habits in a coherent, universal fashion is impossible.
Nonetheless, there are some comments worthy of discussion in broad terms.
Generally speaking it seems as we get older we eat less. We don’t crave huge meals like we used to do. We also don’t crave huge, greasy meals (if we ever did). Yes, a big Mac and fries does sound tempting, but would we really go out of our way to go get one..? Probably not.
There’s no doubt that as we get older, we do think more about what we eat, how much we eat, when we eat and so forth. The old “grumbly tummy” syndrome takes on new meaning. Pass the Tums.
Yet, you know, some people take the attitude that, at this age, they eat what they want and they don’t really care too much. All my life they have watched foods, diets and weight, but now, at this age, it doesn’t matter too much. Therefore “if I want to have a bowl of ice cream at 2 in the morning (can’t sleep!!), then so what..?”
The point being that all your life you have, by and large, conformed to what society says and how society looks at you. But now, many retirees lose interest in their looks, their weight and their indigestion. It’s their choice.
Certainly the types of food we once cherished sometimes cause us to have more medical issues as we age, and therefore, we are more conscious of food intake. Clearly, with the Internet Age being upon us, we have so many places to find out about foods and impact on the body. Trial and error is still available of course, but we can easily find out information on chemicals, additives and so forth. We can also read about how certain foods have impacted other people, and learn from them.
One of the so-called secrets to eating as get older seems to be “eat well, eat small amounts, and eat often”. The days of huge meals (e.g. the famous brunch trough !!) are probably behind us now. Maybe not !!
It can be difficult to adjust to smaller meals yet more of them in a day, but it is usually a good approach to having a more balanced diet. Of course, the fruit and vegetable mantra is always useful, but if we just can’t get our heads (far less our mouths) around that notion, then we do what we can. The odd binge is probably better for the mindset than the waist line, but now and again, why not.
In future columns we will discuss certain foods and a generic context and hopefully offer some meaningful comments thereon.
In the meantime…..
Ask yourself this question:-
“Do I really want to eat everything I can lay my hands on because at this age I just don’t care .…?
Next week we’ll continue to explore more of the positive ways you can change your life and find deep, sustainable HAPPINESS in a variety of everyday things in your life …. right now.
We hope you’ll join us.
“May you have Happiness all your Life”
The Olderhood Team.