Monday, June 21, 2010

Eat Your Age

Shockingly enough, in your 50's you can't eat what you did in your 20's and expect to look and feel the same. But there are ways to work with your body at every age to make you feel your best! Here are some hints and tips as to what to eat during different times of your life.

In your 20s: Build good habits—and bone density—by opting for nutrient-rich whole foods instead of refined varieties (an apple instead of apple juice, whole grains instead of white flour).
In your 30s: Rather than cutting out certain foods or reducing calories, eat smaller, more frequent meals that include a balanced mix of carbohydrates, protein, and fat.
In your 40s: To minimize hormone-level changes that may cause weight fluctuations, replace animal protein and fat with vegetarian sources on occasion, like nuts, seeds, beans, avocado, and quinoa.
In your 50s: To fight abdominal fat, focus on making exchanges. Skip coffee and diet soda in favor of green tea, or ditch high-sugar sweets and have a portion of dark chocolate instead.
In your 60s: As your body loses lean muscle, your metabolism naturally slows, putting you at risk for weight gain. Choosing high-quality proteins can help maintain muscle and your body's calorie-burning ability.

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