Boomer women are well aware of the importance of fueling our bodies with nourishing foods. To maintain our health and wellbeing as we age, we require additional vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals. These, of course are found in a diet rich in fruits and vegetables.
And, in addition to staving off disease and promoting health, there are even more benefits to eating right:
Greater Energy Levels
One of the biggest challenges of growing older is that our energy levels can drop if we don’t adequately nourish our bodies. This means taking in enough of the right calories. By now, most of us are aware that sugar, white flour and other high-glycemic index foods will give us a temporary rush only to have our energy plummet with an equally rapid drop in blood sugar. So choosing foods lower on the Glycemic Index is always a wise choice.
Food Choices Affect Digestion
Our digestion is another aspect of our internal health that can decline with age. It is even more critical that we monitor our fiber and fluid intake. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and legumes are packed with fiber (both soluble and insoluble) that will keep our plumbing running smoothly.
A common lament echoed by menopausal women is weight gain… especially in our mid sections. Moreover we know that excess weight increases your risk for diseases such as certain cancers, type 2 diabetes and heart disease. It also leads to joint problems in later life.
So plan on loading your plate with vegetables, fruits and whole grains because these foods are low calorie, nutrient-dense and fiber rich. Raw vegetables are especially helpful for weight maintenance. They provide a lot of mouth feel (with all of the chewing involved), they’re high in water content and they provide bulk to fill your stomach.
Check out the NIH’s recommendation for eating well as you get older and follow your own granny’s admonitions to “eat your vegetables.” Now that we’re grannies ourselves, it’s high time we heed the advice of our elders. That’s the way we will stay fit and feisty for years to come!