Thursday, August 19, 2010
Women should eat differently at different ages
All day, what to eat, what not to eat, yipes, you could go bughouse. Don’t eat food that has an ingredient list. Don’t eat white food—cheese, milk. Don’t drink. Do drink wine. Don’t eat meat. Eat all meat. Eat food only from the outside aisles of the supermarket, not the middle. Eat raw, Cook always.
Your body needs certain nutrients to keep on truckin’. As one big cheese in the nutrition community once told me, “We don’t eat nutrients—we eat food.” Once transformed into food, these nutrients combine in ways you can’t get in a pill bottle.
In their teen years, women need more calcium. The bones for your whole life are being built—the rest of your life will be maintenance as bone breaks down and is replaced (or not). Teens need four servings a day of dairy or dark green veggies such as spinach and broccoli.
In their 20s and 30s, the childbearing years, women should keep up the greens for the folic acid needed to give a baby a good start. Eat colorful food—not pasty iceberg and potatoes. Peppers of all colors, spinach, golden roasted chicken.
As you dance less and play softball on the weekends less in your 30s, drop to 2,000 cals or less. Be sure you get enough Vitamin D, 200 iu a day up to age 50, 400 iu a day to 70, then 600 iu above 70. Some docs say even more!
If you have heavy periods, cook with an iron skillet.
Women in their 40as and 50s suddenly find their body has become very efficient—it stores fat for "later," whatever your body thinks later will be. Fiber intake should go up. Keep up the folates and green veggies big time.
Older people need to return to a teen diet. Calcium, green leafies.
Make the food look pretty, mix the colors, take your time eating. Have a friend over. Laugh.
But for heaven’s sake don’t begrudge yourself every bite, I really shouldn’t, I don’t eat that, maybe just a bite. This is life—this is living.