Today, February 2, 2017, I am 58… at least until this coming April 1. I have been pondering my options for weight control and general health as I see age 60 (what, me?) on the horizon, and have come to the decision that I must buckle down to paying attention to food. :::Sigh:::
I am not a foodie. I do not rise up each day thinking about what I will eat today. I am 5′ 2″ (and shrinking), have always had a slow metabolism, have always tended to gain weight, and have tried many, many diets–most all of them without success–long term. Through superhuman intervention or effort, I have lost weight in the past (more about this later) but I’m not up for that degree of effort this year (or ever?). :::Another sigh:::
I am not science minded, and reading about nutrition for the purpose of dieting or health has always been hopelessly confusing to me. In my lifetime, I learned as a child that eggs are healthy for you, then, in my 20’s that eggs are very bad because of cholesterol concerns, and nowadays, they are back to being “a perfect food.” I was taught that butter was fine, then bad bad, and now fine again: even preferable to corn oil, which is now bad. First, fats were the problem so we needed to use low-fat diets, and now there are “good” and “bad” fats–and low-fat diets are bad for us. I was taught the food pyramid in grade school, which seems to be aging about as gracefully as the Egyptian pyramids. :::Growl!:::
I don’t have the time to become a nutritionist or a scientist: all the terms about the body are in “sciencese” — the terms just don’t stick in my mind easily. And who do you believe? What to do? My aging body has gained 15 pounds over the last five years… about which more later. I need to manage my weight as I grow older, because they say (nowadays) that belly fat (or visceral fat) will kill ya. As will plastic containers (especially when microwaving–which kills food enzymes anyways, right?), GMOs, and non-organic foods. :::Primal scream:::
Okay, I’m Done Complaining Now
So, here’s what I’m gonna try:
- Instead of a focus on weight loss, I’m going to turn my best effort to keeping healthy. If I have to carry a few pounds, so be it. From all I’ve seen in my life, I don’t think anyone really knows what’s good for you in the micro, but I think I can learn to consume what’s generally healthy for me. What makes the most sense to me as a starting place for this effort is the approach suggested in Dr. Sears’ book: Prime Time Health.
- I have not been exercising as much as I should, especially in winter. I plan to go back to some exercise tapes that I used successfully in my 40’s, and build my strength and cardio system. Exercise that’s kind to the joints can’t hurt, from all I’ve learned, and it will certainly help.
- I’m going to take supplements. Here’s where it’s a blind walk of faith. I’m going to try using Juice Plus, mostly on the recommendation of trusted friends. Dr. Sears also recommends them, and he recommends very few commercial products.
This section of my blog is fresh perked. I’m going to chronicle my journey into this confusing, frustrating area of life in the hopes that I can, again, help others who are like me and also keep myself motivated to try, fail, and then try again–because at my age, I can’t ignore food any longer. For my sake and my dear husband’s, I can’t accept giving up–which I know I already want to. I have to try!
As with the other Pages in this section, this one will serve as an index of sorts. Below are post titles. Those linked are the ones that have been posted.
Oh, the Places I’ve Been
About Dr. Sears’ book: Prime Time Health
About Juice Plus
About Clean Eating Magazine
My First Baby Steps