I’m over 40 too but obviously I’m a man! But we share similar concerns – we want to stay strong, fit and healthy for years to come. We do not want to be visiting our GP every week to get another fix of pills! But it can be tough…
Let’s talk about food – forget about exercise for now. So what do we need to eat to stay healthy?
As women get older, especially past 40 and 50, staying healthy becomes more of a challenge. When a woman reaches 40 and beyond, she stores body fat more easily, her metabolic rate decreases, she gains more weight around her middle, and she becomes too tired to exercise. Does any of that sound familiar?
More on this in my blog post from February (solutions included):
What are the best foods to concentrate on?
OK, well there are lots and lots of great foods but here are my top 5:
- Avocado – These are loaded with two nutrients that are ‘key’ to targeting visceral fat: fibre (11 to 17 grams per avocado) and monounsaturated fats, which studies have shown to actually ‘spot reduce’ visceral fat (fat around your middle).
- Free Range Eggs – They contain vitamin B12, which your body needs to metabolise fat. Research at Louisiana State University found that people who ate eggs for breakfast every day lost more weight than those who ate bagels.
- Oily Fish – A very good source of protein, low in sodium and a good source of omega-3, which may improve circulation and heart health. Also provides all of the B vitamins, phosphorus and selenium.
- Cinnamon – Researchers have found that cinnamon contains a type of antioxidant that increases insulin sensitivity and effectively helps to stabilise blood sugar, meaning better fat burning results.
- Coconut Milk and Oil – Both contain lauric acid, which can help lower cholesterol [American Journal of Clinical Nutrition: although it raises LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol, it raises HDL (‘good’) cholesterol even more]. Benefits include possible antiviral and anti-carcinogenic properties. They contain MCTs (Medium Chain Triglycerides) which are easily burned as fuel by the body. Buy coconut milk in cartons rather than tins. Use coconut oil for cooking.
So there you have it, my top 5 foods to include in your daily diet. Obviously, don’t just eat these but they can form a large part of your diet.
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