Have you tried healthy eating programs or diets but found them too restrictive, too much work or that they just do not work?
You are probably looking for easy diet plans and some great tasting healthy recipes but get frustrated and overwhelmed by all the conflicting information out there.
You may also be experiencing other symptoms such as: mood swings, digestive issues, acid reflux and fatigue. You may notice allergies or sensitivities to foods that you were fine with in the past?
WHY IS THIS HAPPENING?
The weight gain and symptoms can be caused by the changes your body is going through. Hormonal levels are fluctuating, your thyroid may not be performing as it should and your body is not processing certain foods properly anymore.
Your activity level may have decreed and you struggle with feeling too tired to exercise. As muscle mass decreases (as we age and because of lack of exercise), metabolic decreases and your weight increases.
WHAT CAN YOU DO?
You MUST change what you eat to reflect the changes that are going on on your body.
As women age, the following foods can cause uncomfortable symptoms, allergies and sensitivities: Wheat (or all gluten), dairy (coconut milk is great alternative), soy, preservatives and food dyes.
Even if you were tested and do not have any allergies or sensitivities to wheat or grain products, consuming too many grains (even brown rice and whole wheat pasta along with starchy carbs) after the age of 40 really packs on the weight.
Sensitivity to grains, wheat and dairy can cause bloating and digestive issues which contribute to weight gain, mood swings and a decrease in energy to name a few. These sensitivities can wreak havoc on your body and cause very uncomfortable symptoms as well as affecting the absorption of nutrients from the food you eat. When your body does not receive the proper nutrients, you get cravings for “the bad foods”.
Many diets involve taking foods away but do not add enough good and tasty foods. This makes diets hard to stick to.
Losing weight by eating less of the food you normally eat does not really work. Instead add more nutrient-dense foods which are lower in calories so you are able to eat more without feeling deprived or getting cravings.
ACTION TO TAKE:
Add foods such as fruits, vegetables, raw nuts and seeds, chick peas, black beans, avocado, tahini and a whole lot of leafy greens. Have 1-2 green smoothies or juices a day. You will want to try super foods such as chia seeds and hemp seeds. Take out, or eat less, fried (especially deep-fried) foods, packaged foods, junk foods and anything containing preservatives.
Pay attention to what you eat and how you feel. Write out how you feel first thing in the morning and how you feel after each meal. This may seem time consuming, but doing this for even a few days will give you a lot of great information.
How many fresh fruits and veggies do you consume in a day? What are you really eating? Read labels on all packaged and canned food.
Preservatives and food dyes are toxins that build up in your system.
The body stores toxins in fat and the more toxic your body is, the more fat you will have.
YOU CAN DO THIS! You can lose the weight and maintain a healthy body and life. You are in control. It is going to require a different type of diet but it is time to put health FIRST!