Age and Food

Life keeps moving on whether we like it or not. Aging doesn’t stop and, as much as we wish for it, it cannot be reversed. Sorry!!! Those are facts and we might as well adjust accordingly. That means many things, but I want to start with food. Yes, food as the means to stay more active, more engaged and happier. It will be what carries us on, what will makes us healthy. So let’s talk food….

Most people love food, many for the wrong reasons. Food is necessary, food is comforting, food brings us together. There is also the fact that food can make us sick or healthy. How many times have we heard the cliché: we are what we eat? More than we want to admit, the problem is that most of us ignore this. After all, whatever we are craving at the moment takes precedent.

As we age, what we eat becomes more important. Our bodies change and our nutritional needs are different. More than ever, eating right becomes a matter of longer life, better quality of life. Consequently, we must pay more attention to what we eat.

I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis. This is an autoimmune disease produced by your immune system attacking your body. Unfortunately it is so much more than arthritis and should not be confused with osteoarthritis.

Combined with age, eating properly has become more important now. Fruits and vegetables have become my best friends. I have said goodbye to red meat, pork and processed foods. At the same time, I have limited in my diet certain other things: gluten, nightshade vegetables, dairy and alcohol.

Since I have tried all my life to eat healthy, have to say so far so good. Not easy when you love bread, tomatoes and the occasional drink. To help me along, I keep a food diary. Everything that I eat gets recorded and then I watch for any changes in my body, such as inflammation, pain, fever, tiredness. Sleepless nights and fatigue are part of this cycle.

Of course you do not have to be sick to adopt this life style. Your body will thank you and the energy and wellbeing you will feel be more than worth it. Life is full of wonderful things we still want to do…….eat your way to a better you so you can enjoy them!!!

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