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This blog isn't going to tell you something new. In fact, the following content has entered your mind several times through different sources. However, maybe this time around it will catch your attention and you'll pay it forward to the younger ladies that are still decades behind, from the wisdom only acquired in our forties.

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Eating well throughout your life means being aware of how your body changes throughout the decades and what it needs to keep kicking.  You've probably already realized that the junk food you were able to eat in your twenties doesn't melt away like it used to.  The trick is to build sustainable eating habits that can change with you through the years to best fit your body's needs.

We all know that in your twenties you lay the foundation for your life. By substituting whole grains and eating raw and fewer processed foods, you will set up good habits that will keep your energy levels high and deter overeating.



Your thirties will build on the nutritional habits of your twenties. To help match your metabolism's slight slow down, eat smaller and more frequent meals, keeping the food groups well balanced.  

In your forties, with hormone changes and fluctuations that can affect your weight, it's recommended women eat fewer animal-based fats. Instead, switch to vegetarian sources such as nuts, beans etc.

Your fifties should focus on exchanging "good" for "better."  Cut back on soda (even diet) and drink more water and green tea varieties.  

In your sixties, your body loses lean muscle mass and your metabolism continues to slow down.  To avoid weight gain, eat high-quality, lean proteins to keep your body in top calorie-burning condition.

In your seventies . . . .stop . . . .I just can't go there now . . . not yet at least . . .

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      Denise Richardson wrote Sep 29, 2010
    • hearthappyGreat post wish I had followed its advice in my earlier years lol.



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      Cynthia Schmidt wrote Sep 29, 2010
    • Thanks, Yana, for the great reminder!!heart



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      Plussize4you wrote Sep 29, 2010
    • Great advice, they say we are what we eat. The thing I find hard to do is drink water I think it’s because i love my coffee.



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      Missbeautimus wrote Sep 29, 2010
    • Thank you!  Good advice to share with my 15 year old skinny minny daughter ;)



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      Rynn Wackerly wrote Sep 29, 2010
    • I just turned 50 this year and  I can tell you it isn’t easy to mentally accept.
      I know now why Farrah Fawcett posed nude for Playboy when she turned 50.

      I believe that she wanted to feel that her body was accepted as healthy,young and beautiful.

      When I was in my 40’s i went into teenager “mode“. My hormones went into sexual over load. I really would like to investigate and see what hormone it is that turns you into a nymphomanic when you hit a certain age!

      The good thing about being 50 years old is I finally feel like I am a grown-up. My parents don’t seem to bother me anymore when they treat me like i don’t know anything.
      Cause I know that I do. 5 decades worth of knowledge!

      Your right about “you are what you eat” especially as you grow older. The secret is eat only when your hungry and not because of emotion or boredom. Eat small amounts several times a day. Eat like a bird cause a bird eats little bitty bits of food all through the day.

      I have also settled down and have gotten back to my basic belief system.

      Melissa



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      Nancyc wrote Sep 29, 2010
    • I try to member “my body is a temple” and I strive to treat it well.  We are most definitely what we eat, why wouldn’t we be?  Good choices, as in any decision, make all the difference.  We have to know that we‘re worth the effort!



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      Patriciaj wrote Sep 29, 2010
    • Eat to live or live to eat, it your choice!



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      Seabreeze87 wrote Sep 29, 2010
    • Thanks for posting estatic



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      Hbrose wrote Sep 29, 2010
    • Such valuable information to live by, we definitely must do our duty and share this with all our fabulous loved ones, young and well the younger. Like you, can’t do “old” yet!



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      Anne Lyken-Garner wrote Sep 30, 2010
    • You‘re so right. These are things we know but do need reminding of. As with most things, we start to slow down and take stuff for granted when life starts to get a bit hectic.



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      Faye43 wrote Sep 30, 2010
    • Oh boy, I’m in trouble!



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      Cynthia Rowland wrote Sep 30, 2010
    • Great Post! This is a great reminder! Thanks, Yana



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      Tiggerk wrote Oct 1, 2010
    • Great reminders, good solid info too.  Now if I can just lose these extra pounds!  Been really trying to eat better.  A helpful thing for me is that my husband has decided he wants to improve his health & eat more healthful foods.   His dad having a heart attack was a reality check for him.
      Kathy



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      Princessleah wrote Oct 1, 2010
    • Thanks Yana, I needed this. Too bad I didn’t know this in my twenties, I didn’t really set any foundations for my health as I was a junkfood person. Anyway, it’s time to turn a new leaf and start eating with health in mind and not stuffing my face silly. Thank you!



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      Allinet48 wrote Oct 3, 2010
    • So true. My daughters overall eat better than I do. DD#2 asked me a few weeks back “Mom, do you have “The Joy of Cooking” ?” I answered, “Sara I never did have the the joy of cooking, I had 4 kids and your Dad that needed to eat so I cooked.” She was asking for the cook book.



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      Linda L wrote Oct 3, 2010
    • Yana, thanks for the great post!  Ashamed to say, but due  to my daughter’s concern of eating healthier a few years ago, I followed her example.  Although we still have our splurge days, most days we are conscious of what we put in our bodies.



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      Yana Berlin wrote Oct 4, 2010
    • What really helps me to stay on track is when I count points, or calories, and write things down in my blackberry, this way I’m accountable estatic



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