There was a time when I ate bacon double cheeseburgers on a regular basis. And stopping through the drive through for a Frosty and fries happened often.
As I’ve gotten older and focused more on my health, I’ve seen the benefits of adding more whole natural foods to my diet, like more energy and better focus.
While I think fast food can be ok occasionally, as we age, it becomes more important than ever to focus on healthy eating habits.
In this blog post, I’ll explain what whole foods are and why they’re important for women over 40.
What are whole foods?
Whole foods are foods that are minimally processed and free from additives, artificial flavors, and preservatives.
Some examples of whole foods include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, seeds, lean meats, and fatty fish.
Why are whole foods important for women over 40?
As women age, we become more susceptible to chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.
Whole foods are rich in nutrients and antioxidants that can help reduce the risk of these diseases. Whole foods are also important for digestive health, healthy bones and joints.
Whole foods are especially important for women over 40 because they can help support hormonal balance. Women in their 40s and beyond often experience hormonal changes as they approach menopause. Whole foods can help support the production of hormones such as estrogen and progesterone, which can help reduce the symptoms of menopause.
How can women over 40 incorporate more whole foods into their diet?
Incorporating more whole foods into your diet is doable when you have the right strategies.
Here are some tips to help you get started:
- Focus on plant-based foods: Fill half of your plate with vegetables at every meal.
- Choose whole grains: Opt for whole grain options instead of refined grains.
- Incorporate lean proteins: Choose lean proteins such as beans, lentils, chicken, fish, and tofu.
- Snack on fresh fruit, nuts and seeds: Keep a bag of almonds, walnuts, or pumpkin seeds on hand for a quick and healthy snack.
- Experiment with new recipes: Try new recipes that feature whole foods as the main ingredients.
Whole foods are so important for women over 40. They’re rich in nutrients and antioxidants that can help reduce the risk of chronic diseases, support hormonal balance, and promote overall health and wellbeing.
By incorporating more whole foods into your diet, you can improve your health and feel your best at any age.