Category Archives: Healthy Body

Food & Nutrition

Food is energy, and as we tackle mid-life, our eating habits can make or break our natural energy flow.

We’ve all had the experience of rushing to eat anything handy just to keep ourselves going because we don’t have time to enjoy a relaxed, nutritious meal.

When you eat, notice how you feel an hour or two later.  This is a major clue to indicate if you are fueling your body properly.

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We feel tired and stressed, so we grab a cup of coffee or a sweet treat to give us a burst of energy, only to feel an hour or so later that our fuel tank is empty again.  Then we’re back where we started at the bottom of the energy roller coaster.

Processed sugar is the most common culprit here.  It’s a drug that gives us the desired boost, but then quickly depletes our energy, and a vicious cycle begins as we grab again for something sweet. This cycle, if it becomes a habit, can wreak havoc on the body and lead to diabetes and other chronic diseases.

When you eat, notice how you feel an hour or two later.  This is a major clue to indicate if you are fueling your body properly. Natural food brings sustained energy.  Processed food leaves you feeling depleted and tired.

healthy snack nutsOf course, we don’t always have time to prepare a healthy meal. But we can strike a balance here.  If you don’t always have time to cook, or – like me – frequently prefer to use your time in other ways, buy quick, healthy foods to keep on hand, such as nuts, cheese, veggies, and healthy snack bars like Lara Bars, which are made with whole foods only.

Real, natural food is medicine – nature’s pharmacy – and doesn’t have to be prepared in any elaborate way to be healthful.  In fact, minimal preparation often retains the nutrients more fully.  We will discuss in more detail here some of nature’s most healthy foods and how they can help us live in energy balance.

I’d love to hear your stories about your relationship with food.   Good food is critical to a healthy life, so we need to maintain this relationship to our best advantage, and I’m here to offer you feedback and support in your efforts.  Please leave a comment below.

Live well!

Jen

 

Lifestyle & Health

One of the keys to living well after 40 is adopting a balanced sedentary lifestyle at worklifestyle.   Many challenges interfere with this.  One is that a majority of us are too sedentary.  Another is that we are often too scattered and stressed.

In the modern world, many people are forced to sit for hours at a time at their jobs, and when they finally get home are too exhausted from the work day to do much more than crash in front of the computer or TV.

Our bodies have evolved to require both activity and rest, and as we age, getting this balance right becomes even more critical to our well-being.

And when we aren’t sitting, we rush about and try to complete a dozen different tasks, or we become stressed-out or immobilized over our never-ending to-do lists.

Our bodies have evolved to require both activity and rest, and as we age, getting this balance right becomes even more critical to our well-being.

Our activity needs to be focused and aimed at our true priorities, actions that will move us toward our most meaningful goals.  And our rest needs to be truly restorative, periods when we live off the clock and attend to our deeper nature.

balanced lifestyleWe will discuss activity and rest here and ideas to get the balance right, so that we feel focused and energized to live a satisfying life.

Please send me your thoughts on life balance, ideas that have helped you achieve a better lifestyle or issues you are still facing today.  I’d love to hear from you.

Live well!

Jen