Come and live your sixties – it’s a great place to be.
Hankering for the younger? Scroll back in time!! Krista Scott-Dixon for Precision Nutrition (https://www.precisionnutrition.com/how-to-eat-right-for-your-age) provides some fundamental guidelines for living well as we age. I’ve started at the sixties (https://www.precisionnutrition.com/how-to-eat-right-for-your-age#the_60s), by all means, scroll on, or back!
We do have more information and better health than our parents’ generations from, let’s say, before the 1960’s; but we have to take advantage of that, seeking it out and making use of it. We feel great, we want to get out there and enjoy ourselves, we have been brought up with a vast amount of expectations about how good this end, the last phase, of our lives is going to be. Can be.
We are open to ideas such as Tai Chi, many of us do yoga in one form or another, we meditate, we follow some exercise regime. Some of us even think about what it is that we eat!
In her “Best Health habits” section Krista leads off with nutrition and then straight into exercise. There is no getting away from it, and you can enjoy it!!! 🙂
The first time I reviewed this article was mid-March 2016, and I still find her message withstanding the test of time. I am struck by the consistency of messages that informed opinion is bringing to us. Increasingly we are all encouraged to eat as fresh and unprocessed foods as possible. Fundamentally the message remains: eat whole foods, unprocessed as much as possible, lots of leafy greens and much less meat, greatly reduce, or stop using, refined sugars. These are the simple ones we can all start with.
Buried in this advice is the core of good weight management and its associated health benefits. All weight loss depends on eating less energy than what we expend, and the easiest way to do that is to cut back on the carbohydrates. One potato, rather than four. The same for all that rice, pasta, or cassava, depending on where in the world you are. Oh yes, that includes, one beer… And that brings me into a very large loop.
We all know wellness is a blend of our nutritional, physical and psychological environments, yet many of us struggle with our overall wellness. And while each major life-stage has its own challenges, let us focus today on the 60s.
We may be living alone after divorce or death of a long-time partner.
Once retired, or after we have been through the mill of being disestablished from a long term career, we may struggle with creating and following a routine that we “know” is better but cannot really be bothered with, even if we are still in a relationship. Dare I say it, we may be bored with each other but stay together anyway. We ask ourselves questions of “what next”, and fear the answers.
As long-time neighbours or friends move away or die, as the children go off on their own lives and quite possibly different cities and countries, we find that creating and maintaining new friendships and community is hard work. Work that requires considerable and consistent effort and persistence. Work that quite possibly is asking us to get out of the comfort zones created by long established habits.
So let us get ourselves on the right track of a lifestyle that keeps us cheerful and optimistic. One where we have found the right proportions for ourselves of those three core areas of nutritional, physical and psychological wellness.
While this article is taking a nutritional point of view, it does not matter at which point you choose to start. But make a conscious decision to start, and start at the point that appeals the most to you. If you feel you are there already, keep at it, and set an inspiring example for the people around you, especially those very impressionable young ones!