over50feeling40: Priority Number Five for 2011: Be Healthy!!
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Jan 8, 2011

Priority Number Five for 2011: Be Healthy!!

I have learned several techniques to look smaller than I am:  Elongating my look
with the cardigan and long necklace; dark denim over any other wash; and thinner
materials when I can!!

Hindsight. The mention of the word drives chills up my spine because it means that I messed up somewhere and now see it. I guess the important part is that I now see it.

I soared through the majority of my 40s not caring about my own health or my weight. It annoyed me, but not enough to do something about it.

It is interesting to me that at the same time I have accepted my body type and have learned how to dress it, I also have learned that I must lose some weight in order to be healthy and, hopefully, live longer.

Priority Number 5! In 2011, I will become a healthier person by eating healthy and establishing some kind of regular exercise program. I was doing wonderful with walking every day until my mother moved in with me. But, now that she is safely tucked away in assisted living, I have NO excuse and need to get back out there. The reason I am not focusing on losing weight is that I believe that if my focus is GOOD HEALTH, the weight will come off. I have spent years failing at losing weight, but now I very much want to succeed in the HEALTHY area.

In this outfit, I feel thin!!
Coldwater Creek Green Blouse
Slate Grey Cardiagan from Marshall's
Coldwater Creek Dark Denim

In order to glean from the “experts,” I have composed a panel of women over 50 to discuss healthy eating habits. I hope this will also assist younger women!! Then the word HINDSIGHT will not torment them as it does me.

WELCOME TO THE FIRST OVER 50 PANEL DISCUSSION (Maybe someday, this will be on video):

1. How have your eating habits changed since you crossed over the big 5-0?

Jan (55) – In the past year, I stopped eating wheat – huge difference! I lost weight – and it’s staying off! The swelling in my arthritic fingers – that used to wake me up at night in pain – has gone away. Without the wheat, I started eating more fruits and vegetables and drinking more water. I only drink coffee “socially” now (maybe one cup a week). I crave salty foods – like Salt & Pepper Chips, Yum – now more than I do sweets.

Karen (53) – I eat the same things, but not as much and I try to eat less prepackaged foods.

Lee (58) – Eating less meat…mostly chicken; eating more salads and vegetables; and eating less sweets.

Dorothy (62) – My eating habits have changed a lot because I do not burn calories like I used to when I was younger. I have cut my portions down considerably because quantity is so important.

Gail (54) – I have learned that foods that may cause me to gain weight faster may not cause another woman to gain weight and I cannot let that influence me. Our bodies are unique to each one of us. Now, I eat NO sugar. I stay away from any kind of soda, diet or otherwise; pasta; bread (although I love it); potatoes, and I limit my cheese. I drink a lot more water every day. I try to eat only fresh veggies and a diet low on the glycemic index. I try to stay out of the middle of the grocery store and just keep to the fresh meats and veggies while limiting my dairy intake.

Linda (71) – I eat pure vegetables, no fat, no sugar, no oils, and eat nothing that has a Mother!

Carol (54) – I can’t eat as much as I used to without gaining weight, even if I exercise. Can’t eat as much fatty foods. A hamburger and French fries will now upset my stomach and make me feel bloated.

Nancy (56) – The main habit that has changed is that I actually THINK about my food choices previously, if it was there and I wanted it, I ate with no regard to the positive or negative qualities. Now I weigh (no pun intended) my options and make more intentional healthy choices. My unhealthy choices are also intentional….I am not a Saint! Another change in habits is that I eat very little white flour products and lots of whole grains. At first, it was a sacrifice, but now I prefer them.

(Now for the remainder of this discussion, including advice for younger women and a great recipe, click on the new page I have added called OVER 50 PANEL!)


  1. So very interesting...
    In my opinion health starts in the mind, and progress into the body, and eventually you do not fancy rubish food any more.
    In my case,being a vegetarian, I have to find out a lot about food in order to remove animal proteins from the equation in my daily diet.
    I studied Nutritions at University, not to work just for the pleasure of knowing.
    I have also removed the wheat from my diet and changed wheat to spelt.
    I leave you a link of my bread making, and why I changed to spelt.
    Hope it helps.
    Please, please could you remove the WORD VERIFICATION- such a time waster...

  2. Pam--what a great idea. I especially like Linda's quip. I know that in the past two years, for the first time in my life I have to "watch it." I put myself on these little month-long challenges. One was to quit drinking beer with the husband (last February). Another was to quit eating cookies. After the month is over, I don't gravitate to these no-no's so easily as before, but I allow myself to have them on occasion. I try to snack on nuts and fiber foods like fruits, veggies. Beans are the mainstay of my diet!

  3. Ha, just saw myself in the sidebar! It's wonderful to have won the giveaway!

  4. Love the draping on that sweater! It looks so cozy and yet interesting! Gosh, I love great alternatives to sweatshirts... this is in no way a sweatshirt - I just mean that it looks cozy and warm and comfy yet totally beats the style-pants off a sweatshirt!
    And good luck on your healthful resolution. I've got something similar going on.... !

  5. I lovey love that sweater!
    I must admit, i eat whatever and have a severe sugar addiction, but as doctor's always do, my doc is making me eat flax seed ( high tri-gylerides ) plus both my parents developed diabetes in their mid 60's, and my waist is pretty much non-existent any more!
    getting "saged" sucks!

  6. What a great idea to start the panel! I am positive that if you focus on being healthy, you'll automatically drop some weight at the same time.

    I think you look beautiful in this outfit! I love the color combo.

  7. Great sweater--I had been staying away from this style--looks like a lot of fabric to get in the way, but it looks so great on you maybe I will give it a try!
    On the eating healthy, when I need to remind myself of what to eat, I go to Dr. Perricone's book--just reminders of all that you have above--nothing white and lots of fish and veggies. He does encourage lots of seasoning tho to make the transition less painful. My problem is my boys; all they want is meat and potatoes--so when they are home, I'm cooking and eating what they want.

  8. Great ideas! Great panel! Thank you.

  9. I am not quite 50 yet, but my routine involves yoga, only fish and chicken, try to avoid as much sugar and processed foods as I can.
    I fell off the wagon on the sugar during the holidays which I haven't done the past 2 Christmas', but am on a mission to detox and get back to avoiding. Once you detox it (about a week) you don't miss it. Sugar is my trigger food. If I start to eat it, it is hard to stop. Better to avoid it.

  10. i think we all go thru periods where we feel invincible and eat wahtever we want, slack on the exercising...
    it's never too late to turn things around...so kudos to you for #5. take baby steps so that you never feel overwhelmed, and i always say everything in moderation. don't cut out the things you love, just moderate...
    i've been slacking on the exercise lately and have been eating out a lot. i vow to work on #5 too!


  11. I try to eat only fresh veggies and a diet low on the glycemic index. I try to stay out of the middle of the grocery store and just keep to the fresh meats and veggies while limiting my dairy intake.I like your health tips.


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