Nutrient Vs. Calories: If You're 40 And Above, Here's How To Eat Smart

Date May 4, 2018 15:47

Hitting the 40 mark is a major milestone for most people. The widespread believe is that by 30, we ought to have figured it out and by 40, begun to live the life of our dreams.

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Dietary changes

In reality, however, the dirty thirties are spent repeating the same patterns from our 20s, well into our 40s.

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Unfortunately, our bodies are not the same things they were in our 20s, and continued mismanagement begins to have serious consequences.


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The ideal thing to do is start healthy practices early enough, and a key way to do this is begin to eat differently. But, like with medicines, do not get on the journey alone.

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It is advised that whatever dietary changes we choose to make, should be made with the help of a doctor.

About super foods

Generally, vegetables, lean proteins, low-fat milk, yogurts, and cheeses are all considered age friendly as the metabolism rate of our bodies begins to slow down.


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We can no longer indulge those beverages, desserts, and snacks obsessions.


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Nevertheless, swapping unhealthy options for food with a high nutrient-to-calorie ratio does not have to be without fun. Some regular foods we are used to already can offer just as much health benefits.

Here's a list of food/produces we can turn to:


This very familiar food item looks very regular, but it does a lot of heavy lifting. According to a study quoted on Everyday Health, for type 2 diabetes sufferers, a cup of beans eaten daily lowers hemoglobin A1c, a marker of blood sugar control, by 0.5%. Beans can be included in a diet alongside pasta and sauteed vegetables.

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This is much cheaper than the cereals most people favor, and it is a great source of nuts, seeds, and fruits. Health-wise, it is known to reduce the LDL 'bad' cholesterol levels by 5 to 10 percent.


According to a report quoted on Everyday Health, frequent apple eaters are at lower risk for type 2 diabetes. What's more, they are easy to get and sweet.


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This is a great way to maintain bone health, especially for women over age 50 and men over age 70.

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These are a great way to increase fiber intake and vitamins. On-going research also points to the fact that they are rich in phytochemicals that may help slow age-related memory decline.


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Leafy greens

Leafy greens are known to help with keeping the mind sharp, and there are a million and one fun ways to eat leafy greens.


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According to a 2013 report on the Wall Street Journal, including an ounce of mixed nuts in a Mediterranean-style diet reduces the risk of heart attack, stroke, and death from heart disease by 28 percent.

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If a Mediterranean-style diet proves too unattainable, include chopped, toasted nuts in roasted vegetables or whole grains like brown rice and quinoa.

Big gains

At the end of the day, keeping our energy levels high and our metabolism rate working as it should is enough gain.

Additional advantages of eating age appropriately and healthily include getting adequate amounts of calcium in all stages of life and getting just the right amount of calories.

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