No one told me, that aging is cumulative!
That means the older we get the greater the impact of whatever we do.
- Overeat? The pounds will accumulate drastically.
- Have an extra drink of alcohol? Phew, didn’t expect to get so tipsy so soon, did ya’?
- Run a marathon? Ouch! I did and my knees are paying a hefty price.
My world is changing … fast!
My mother used to say the seasons change so fast, she can’t keep track.
That made no sense while I was in elementary school (they used to call it “grade school” back then). How could she not remember it was summer? Yes, SUMMER when we’re off from school for a long time! Yaaaayyy!
During the school year, time passed S-L-O-W-L-Y…too slowly. A month lasted forever; especially, when she challenged me to behave for four weeks straight to earn a reward. Do you know how hard it is for someone who keeps getting in trouble for talking too much in class? I must have written I will not talk too much thousands of times after school! Hmmmm, could that have contributed to the arthritis in my hands, today?
Given my penchant for verbalizing, why else would you be reading this post on The Caregiver’s VOICE website?
Back to the point of this article …
The older we get the more important nutrition becomes.
We’ve become a society of eating too much junk too fast.
Add to this how much joy we feel when we get a good deal at a fast-food restaurant. Quick ‘n easy meals sourced from the lowest-cost provider. How else can these places make a profit? To think what this says about us–our bodies are only worth cheap sources of nutrition.
Have you ever looked at the color of food you get from these places–tan, brown, and off-white? Sure, it’s hard to resist when driving by fast-food row…but we force our bodies to work overtime to glean whatever little nutrition there is and then wonder why we’re hungry all the time. We have to keep eating, which causes us to gain weight and feel sluggish because our bodies are working so hard.
What if we took half of what we spent each week on prepared or fast-foods and spent it on wholesome foods–you know, the kind of food that comes with a single ingredient on the list–apple, orange, carrot, leafy greens, whole beans, nuts–and start treating our bodies like high-performance machines, so they will serve us longer.
Do you want more energy? Do you want to live healthier as you grow older? The choice is yours.
Thanks to Helen King, Deputy Director of the Area Agency on Aging in St. Petersburg, Florida who shared the following in the Boomers: Aging Beats The Alternative LinkedIn group, we now have clear nutritional guidelines all in one place to help us take advantage of fueling our bodies with the right combination of foods to offset the cumulative effect of aging.