Change Advocate

This weekend I had a chance to visit with several women that I haven’t seen in about a year, and during the course of the day diet came up. I don’t remember how it came up, but I felt that, even though I talk about these topics every day online, it was difficult to convey the message that I do here, when doing it with a group of people.

Everyone has their own idea about how their body works, and by the time you are over fifty, you are pretty sure you have it all figured out. For women, though, their bodies change radically at about that time. Apparently, lots of women think that growing heavy after fifty is almost a given. I did not realize this. I know, and Karen knows, that as we age we cannot keep eating like we were still twenty years old. As our lives progress we end up doing less and less work instead of more and more. When I was thirty I was finally a civilian, but we had small children that were active. We ran a lot to keep up with them.

Now that we are only chasing the grand kids every now and then, and we have finished all of the hard physical labor around the house, we have time for more cerebral activities, like blogging. Our diet has changed to compensate for the lowering of our daily energy expenses.

I can see where a person might just keep on eating like they are used to. Eating is a habit like any other. Shopping for food is also a habit that a person might not realize that they need to change. Reading the labels on the items you are selecting at the market is work that you may not realize you need to do. Take almond milk, for instance. When I make my own almond milk I put one tablespoon of table sugar in a quart of milk. That works out to less than one teaspoon of sugar per cup of milk, but I rarely eat one cup of almond milk in my morning muesli. Silk original almond milk contains 7 grams of sugar in each cup, which is twice as much as I use. The chocolate almond milk contains four times as much sugar as I use. If you are getting almond milk because you want low fat, you are getting high sugar in exchange. Sugar is much worse for older people like me than fats are. You should never choose high sugar just to marginally lower the fat in your food.

What do you tell a friend that thinks their weight gain is something completely out of their control, if you think that it really is something they can do something about? Menopause for fifty-plus ladies is likely the cause for a lot of things, but two out of three US residents are overweight, which means that the problem is much bigger than the change-of-life. Drinking sodas, drinking beer, eating low-fat, high sugar foods is a major contributor to everyone’s weight gain. For people that are entering a period in their lives where there is less physical work required of them, continuing to eat like and average american is a recipe for health disaster. If grade school kids are getting diabetes and liver damage from eating out of boxes and bags, what are the chances that the grandmas and grandpas of the world can avoid it?

Well, this weekend, I just tried to relay my constant message of ‘shop different’ if you want to eat different. I don’t know that I was effective at all, but at least that message is easy to get across in a limited time. Tell me what you tell people that think they have a medical reason why they can’t lose weight. 

About dcarmack

I am an instrument technician at the electric utility servicing the Kansas City Missouri metropolitan area. I am in the IBEW, Local 412. I was trained to be a nuclear power plant operator in the USN and served on submarines. I am a Democrat, even more so than those serving in Congress or the White House.
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4 Responses to Change Advocate

  1. Jenny says:

    I think as you age. the weight is HARDER to lose, so when you fall into bad habits, the snail pace of any positive changes on the scale can feel almost impossible. Eric and I have been doing better and better for almost a year now. I will tell you I have only lost 35 pounds of the 60 I need to lose. That is not much for a year of changed eating habits. I also do feel deprived. That is an attitude we BOTH need to work on changing….that this is NOT a diet, but a lifestyle change. One thing we have ALREADY noticed is that our portions are getting smaller and smaller and when we hit target weights, we will keep those portions tiny, no matter how good the food is!


  2. kscarmack says:

    My opinion is that you have to know your body, you have to know when to say enough is enough, Don’t not fall prey to myths, be a leader not a follower. Do what you love, eat what you love and continue to be the person you want to be.. Just because you become older does not mean you have to stop doing the activities you enjoyed at 20,30 or 40 it may look different now but don’t accept the easy way out. If you continue to live your will thrive in your wise 50’s. I hear excuses all day long and I read “woo is me’isms” all the time and that is a easy to live but I guarantee you won’t last your audience will tire of your problems you will be left to your own demise.


  3. I found the real cause of weight gain, really by accident. I have lost 50 pounds in about 15 months.
    I posted a link to a study that shows why on my blog I had tried for decades to lose weight. I started this diet to reduce my risk of heart disease and reduce my arthritic pain–it worked for both. So yes, you can lose weight after 50, and you don’t really have to work your butt off to do it–not saying that increasing exercise is a bad thing. Weight loss is a nice benefit, but the real benefit of this diet is reduced risk of heart disease, arthritis pain, allergies, Alzheimer’s, depression, kidney disease, macular degeneration and many more medical problems. The real problem is nobody benefits from telling you about this–doctors make money by fixing your problems, not preventing them, insurance companies make more money when their rates go up based on higher cost, drug companies want to keep selling you the pills to fix your problems, USDA works for farmers (they are the ones that set our dietary guidelines that most dietitians follow).


    • dcarmack says:

      Great comment, and information. I wish it were much harder to get grain fed meats and dairy than it is. I suppose the government sees their mandate as protecting moneyed interests before social interests.

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