As midlifers, maintaining good health becomes increasingly important.
Our food choices play a crucial role in supporting our overall well-being. However, there are common mistakes that many midlifers make when it comes to their diet, unintentionally hindering their health goals.
Here are 5 of the top mistakes:
Mistake: Ignoring Portion Sizes
One common mistake midlifers make is neglecting portion sizes. As we age, our metabolism tends to slow down, and we may require fewer calories. However, we often continue consuming the same portions as before, leading to excess calorie intake and potential weight gain.
It’s crucial to know our correct portion sizes and listen to our body’s hunger and satiety cues. Using smaller plates, measuring portions, and practicing mindful eating can help ensure we’re nourishing ourselves appropriately.
Mistake: Relying on Processed Foods
Many midlifers fall into the trap of relying heavily on processed foods for convenience. These foods are often high in refined sugars, unhealthy fats, and additives, which can negatively impact our health.
Opting for whole, unprocessed foods is essential for obtaining essential nutrients, fibre, and antioxidants. Incorporate plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and healthy fats into your diet.
Choose homemade meals and snacks whenever possible to have better control over ingredients and reduce reliance on processed options.
Mistake: Neglecting Hydration
Proper hydration is often overlooked, yet it’s crucial for overall health. Midlifers may mistakenly prioritise other aspects of their diet while neglecting their water intake.
Dehydration can affect metabolism, digestion, and overall well-being. Aim to drink an adequate amount of water throughout the day and limit sugary drinks.
Carry a reusable water bottle with you as a reminder to stay hydrated and aim for 2 – 3 litres of water a day.
Mistake: Not Enough Protein
At midlife we’re losing muscle mass so we want to eat plenty of protein (aim for 30g at every meal) to help preserve muscle and to trigger our leptin so we feel fuller for longer.
Mistake: Skipping Regular Meals
Midlifers often fall into the habit of skipping meals, especially breakfast, due to busy schedules or misguided attempts at weight loss.
However, this can negatively impact metabolism, energy levels, and overall nutritional balance. Regular meals provide our bodies with sustained energy and help prevent overeating later in the day.
Aim for balanced meals that include a combination of protein, healthy fats, and complex carbohydrates. If mornings are hectic, prepare overnight oats or go for something like our quick and nutritious power smoothie to ensure you start the day with a nourishing meal.