I don’t know about you, but, the older I get, the more aware I become of the need to stay healthy. There are so many things I want to see in this world and I don’t want my body to hold me back.

What Healthy Eating Habits Have You Established?

Since turning 60, I have committed myself to walking every day. I also love the “boot camp” exercise class at my local gym. Like many of you, I have also spent a lot of time optimizing my diet to keep my weight in check.

I’d love to share a few of the tricks that I have learned along the way. Then, I’d love to hear about all of the healthy eating habits that you have established recently. By listening to each other’s stories, we can help to keep each other motivated. In addition, I’m sure that each of us will find at least one new healthy habit that we want to add to our daily routine.

Here are a few of the healthy eating habits that I follow.

Avoid Temptation Rather than Trust Self-Control

I’d love to say that I am one of those women who can stare at a bag of salted caramels without breaking a sweat. Unfortunately, I’m not. Just ask my children! As a result, I’ve found it much easier to stop foods from entering my home than to deal with them once they’re there. This means writing a shopping list, based on my healthy eating goals, and not deviating from it.

Another trick that I have adopted is getting rid of all of the large plates in the house. Psychologists say that this is one of the best ways to eat smaller portions. From my experience, they are right.

Make Shopping for Healthy Food an Adventure

About 2 years ago, I established a new shopping ritual. Instead of going to the supermarket, every Saturday, I walk about 40 minutes to a local farm. Not only is the food fabulous, but, I get exercise too! Now, I’ll admit, I don’t always walk back. If I have a lot of shopping to do, I take the return bus. But, it’s still a fabulous opportunity to get some air – and fill my basket with organic food.

Maybe it’s just psychological, but, the food tastes so much better when I can picture where it grew. Do you agree?

Keep Your Stomach Healthy

I read a book recently that had a big impact on how I look at nutrition. The book was Brain Maker, by David Perlmutter. In it, he explains the importance of keeping our stomach ecosystem healthy. This is important, not only for our body, but, also for our brain.

This means giving our gut plenty of healthy bacteria. Of course, everyone’s body is different and you should check with your doctor before starting a new diet, but, I have found kefir to be a great addition to my routine. Kefir is a probiotic and contains many times more species of healthy bacteria than yogurt.

There are other healthy eating habits that I could mention, but, the above 3 have had the most impact on my life. Now I’d love to hear from you. Please tell the community which healthy eating habits you have established recently. We’d love to learn from your experiences!

What healthy eating habits have you adopted in your 60s? Are there any foods that you have stopped eating entirely? Why? Or, have you perhaps changed the way that you shop for food? Please join the conversation.

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