In working your way through your Divorce Over 50, there will almost certainly be times when you’re unhappy, stressed, and feeling low. And that’s why a meal like the one pictured above can be exactly what you need.
But, because you know it’s vitally important to maintain your health as you move toward your brighter future, you recognize that a Triple-Triple and fries should be a real rarity. And that for the vast majority of meals you need to eat smart.
No matter what stage of your Divorce Over 50 you’re in, maintaining your health is important. We all know that, of course — but some of us are too lazy, or have other priorities, or are so confused over conflicting advice that we give up and do nothing.
The piece covers all the important categories, including nutrition, physical exercise, and mental sharpness.
Here are some of the basic points; check out the article for the full details
Nutrition: Choose healthy fats, cut sodium, and take in the right kinds of fruits, vegetables, and dairy.
Physical Exercise: Build strength, improve your balance, and keep your joints healthy.
Mental Sharpness: Fill an empty nest, keep learning, stay social, have a lot of sex.
And perhaps the most important tip in the whole piece: It’s never too late to start taking care of your health. Even if it’s poor, even if you’ve never done much about it before, changing your habits now can still make a big difference in your life going forward.
From AARP, here’s a slide show of the top 15 Superfoods for Over 50’s. You’ve probably heard all this before, but it’s a nice presentation, including info on the good things the foods do for you, and the bad things they protect you from. Additional good news: both dark chocolate and coffee are on the list!
Here’s a solid article about five nutrients we Over 50’s need to be sure we’re consuming. It not only tells you what you need, but includes information on why you need it, and ways you can get it.
The writer, Debra Witt, adds a really interesting point at the very end: We are so inundated with reports about new dietary discoveries that it’s important to check them out with your doctor or a registered dietitian before making any changes. She says that many insurance plans will cover a dietitian visit just because you’re Over 50; the likelihood increases if you’re being treated for a chronic condition like diabetes, high blood pressure, or high cholesterol (and how many of us are not being treated for something like that?). So check with your provider — it could be a great opportunity to improve your health on your insurance company’s dime.
Mehmet Oz, who is a real doctor and who plays one on TV, has attracted a fair amount of criticism lately, including being hauled before a Senate subcommittee. Oz has been accused of conflicts of interest, making recommendations that are either unproven or contradicted by the evidence, and endorsing supplements and weight loss fixes that don’t actually work.
All that being said, there’s still plenty of valuable information on his website, including this piece containing five nutrition tips for women over 50. Kristin Kirkpatrick, the dietitian who wrote the piece, notes that women Over 50 need to adjust their diet to compensate for the hormonal, cardiovascular, and muscle changes that are taking place. Check out her simple suggestions, which she says will help women Over 50 maintain their strength and their weight, and keep their hearts healthy.