There is definitely something about hitting your 50's, at least for me that was the case. Suddenly I became more focussed on the whole business of ageing or more importantly not ageing. I don't mean worrying about wrinkles or the sudden appearance of grey hair (grrrrrrr). I mean how to age well in a 'be disease free, able to leap around full of energy embracing life 100% AND with a full set of marbles'.....sort of way.
The old adage goes ‘breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dine like a pauper’. Certainly when I was training considerable importance was placed on eating a good well-balanced breakfast; the prospect of skipping breakfast was viewed with horror and regarded as a complete no-no. However, interestingly I have readjusted my thinking on this in recent times…..
When I was studying nutrition the mantra we were taught was ‘little and often’ - 3 meals and 2 snacks was considered to be the right way to eat and very important to ensure that blood sugar remained balanced. This was an approach that I followed for very many years both with my own diet and with my clinic clients....however, is this still the case now?
I find myself increasingly interested in many aspects of healthy ageing. If you look at my twitter posts you will see that this issue features quite regularly. Without even realising it I find myself drawn to reading all sorts of articles on the subject - I guess I have hit that age where these things start to matter.
So I have just come back from the supermarket and it made me realise just how hard it can be to make healthy choices. In my clinic, clients frequently tell me that they have ‘no time to be healthy’ or that in a busy week their healthy routine just flew out of the window….
Like all good boy scouts the only way to succeed is to be prepared...