The journey to fitness as a senior is a brave one, but it can happen, and you’ll thank yourself for taking the journey when you are fitter, healthier, and stronger in a few months. A healthy lifestyle is just that: a lifestyle. Getting healthy is not a matter of a shortcut, a hack, or a pill. It’s an all-encompassing thing that will require you pay attention to more than your exercises. Diet is a big piece of the puzzle, and switching the way you eat can be enormously beneficial in giving you the energy and well-being that you need.

However, during the process, making the switch can be tough. The older you get, the more you get set in your ways. You might be in the certain rut that you’re in because you like it there. Coming out of that rut and changing things around can feel disorienting. Now, depending on your personality, you may want to make the switch little by little, or you may want to jump in all at once with a drastic shift, just to get it over with. Either way, here are some tips for easy changes you can make to your diet that will support your pursuit of newfound fitness.

1. Try adding green juice or a green smoothie once a day

Getting fresh and raw, dark green leafy vegetables in your diet will contribute to awesome health benefits and increased energy. One of the easiest way to incorporate the benefits of spinach, kale, and other power greens is to drink them. If you’re not used to it, start small. Just pour yourself a four-ounce portion once a day, and gradually increase the amount as you become accustomed to it. You’ll probably notice the difference right away.

2. Cut out the foods that are typical culprits for inflammation or allergic reactions

If you are experiencing aches and pains that make it prohibitively difficult to exercise, try cutting out the most common inflammation-causing foods, including white flour, refined sugar, vegetable oil, dairy, peanuts, eggs, alcohol, artificial additives, artificial sweeteners, and fried foods. If you’re cutting out foods experimentally, do them one at a time. Watch your body’s reaction closely. Go for a week or two without having any of that food and then add it back in. See if you notice that you have a reaction to it. If you do, put that item on your no-no list and move onto the next item.

3. Watch your protein-to-carb ratio

Are you consuming enough protein? Most American’s don’t. Everyone needs carbohydrates and protein in their diet, but our problem is that we tend to consume too many carbs (breads, potatoes, rice, chips, and starchy foods) in proportion to the protein (meat, peanut butter, eggs, etc.) that we eat. In fact, it isn’t uncommon for many people to eat a 20:1 ratio of proteins to carbs. Your ratio should be more like 4:1. In other words, eat four carbs for every one protein that you eat.

If these tips have been helpful to you, please write to me and let me know! I’d love to hear your story.

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