Last week we started a conversation about eating habits and food tolerances.
Every day we read about “foods to prevent this or that”; “foods not to eat if you are xxxx” ; “foods to avoid if you suffer from allergies, indigestion, whatever” ; “foods to eat if you have high blood pressure” ; and on and on.
The volume of information about foods, especially online, is overwhelming. List after list, advice after advice, warning after warning, are all too much. The brain just simply can’t handle such amounts of information. We forget the point of the article as soon as we get to the end, assuming we even get that far.
If you ask a person who has, say, early diabetes, which foods he should eat and which foods he should not, the chances are you’ll get a blank expression. People just don’t know. It’s not that they are stupid, or lazy, or uninterested – it’s because they are deluged with too much information.
If we honestly ate everything we should and avoided everything we shouldn’t eat, we would be in no-man’s land day after day. We’d end up eating plain crackers and water (and even someone would find a problem with even that !!!).
So, what to do …?
The trick is to get to know your body, and much more especially as we age.
Unquestionably, the effects of alcohol will camouflage to a great extent, the effects of some foods on the system. No-one is suggesting you give up the booze, but even you will admit that it can dull the senses if you excess it.
Listen to your body. Watch your sleeping patterns. Yes, even monitor the bathroom visits. Your lifestyle patterns are hugely affected by food.
Get to know (a) which foods you like and (b) which foods like you. It is essential that you pay attention as much as possible. Maybe you don’t care, but you should.
Proper diet + sensible quantities, with the odd binge, is the way to substantially reduce, if not prevent, many ailments. Eating “bad” stuff, while sometimes enjoyable, is probably not the thing to do too often. You can get by on less quantity and more plain food…. Try it.
Be careful about eating out. Restaurants must entice you to eat their food, but sometimes they use preservatives to enhance the look or the flavor. Fair enough. But, be aware that some appetizing dishes may result in another sleepless night !!
We’ll discuss weight control in a later issue. The problem is that as we age our bodies do tend to store fat more and thus we gain weight – regardless of how much attention we pay to food intake. But more on that later.
In the meantime …
Ask yourself this question:-
“Am I interested in being healthy or being happy… food-wise?
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.