Don’t Ever Look Into a Crystal Ball, Here is Why
I don’t like suspense and the unknown. I’ve always wanted to know what the future holds.
My wish has come true. I can see the future. I have a crystal ball, right in front of me, every day.
My husband is 10-1/2 years older than I am. This means that I get to watch what could be in store for my future as I reach his age.
Now I realize that no two people are alike. Genetics and lifestyle play a huge part of how my husband ages versus how I age. But what I have noticed is the commonality of milestones that I’m reaching at about the same time as he did.
I remember when he was in his early 40s he needed his first pair of glasses. In his late 40s, he needed more than one pair of glasses, one for reading and one for driving. When he reached his early 50s, I was frustrated that I had to wait while he found his glasses to read something. Can’t he just wear them all the time so I don’t have to read things to him?
His ability to eat anything he wanted also changed in his 50s. He began to remove favorites from his diet that bothered him.Long years of hard labor have caused him to semi-retire at 65. He can no longer be on his feet all day.
And guess what?
- I went from no glasses to glasses at 42.
- I then went from one pair, to two pairs, to two + prescription sunglasses.
- I miss pizza, bowls of ice cream, chips and salsa.
- And what is that new pain I feel?
And it’s not just my husband that makes me wake up and pay attention. Whenever I see a person who is older than I am stooped over and shuffling, I stand up straighter, park farther from the front door and exercise an extra day that week.
So what are you and I going to do in response to make things better 5, 10, 20 years from now?
5 Healthy Habits for Women Over 50
These are 5 habits that I do every day that help me live a holistic lifestyle.
Drink Enough Water
Begin carrying a water bottle everywhere you go. Make it as important as your cell phone and keys and don’t leave home without it. Mild levels of dehydration can produce disruptions in mood and cognitive functioning.
If you have a water bottle, you can drink at a stop light or while waiting for an appointment.
And sipping doesn’t count! Getting in 8 8-ounce glasses a day requires you to consciously drink all day long.
Don’t like water? Add fruit for flavor and to make it festive!
Plant based Foods
Just because a box at the store has a picture of fruit on it
does not make it a plant based food!
I know that may come as a surprise, but to lead a holistic lifestyle means that you need to start reading the labels on boxes, cans and cartons.
Better yet, begin shifting your diet to simple meals that focus on foods found in their natural state, meaning the produce aisle.
There has been quite a debate on good fats vs bad fats and what’s good for us. I am a firm believer in eating good fats with every meal. This includes avacado for breakfast and lunch, olive oil mixed with some type of vinegar for salad dressing and cooking with coconut oil, which can handle the high heat.
I tend to have a more Paleo type of diet, with traditionally no grains included. If I do crave a piece of toast, I only eat sprouted grain bread. There are different brands of sprouted bread and I’ve tried almost all of them.
I am currently eating the Silver Hills brand. Yumm! You can find most brands on the shelf or in the freezer in major grocery stores and of course at the traditional health food stores.
Organic grass fed red meat and free range chicken is my definition of a clean protein. If you haven’t watched a documentary on how chickens are commercially raised, I suggest that you do. While organic may be more expensive, your long-term health depends on eating foods that come from a healthy source too.
Comment below and let me know what healthy habits you incorporate into your life.
And if you missed it, read my theory on aging.
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Kristy Klenk has reached the 55 (and counting) birthday and finds this stage of life and aging an interesting adventure. Over the past 20 years she has been on a journey of living a holistic lifestyle and continues to research its positive effects on aging.
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