When you reached 45, did it feel like your metabolism hit a wall? Gals, our metabolism slows in our 40’s due to muscle loss, decreased physical activity, and a drop in hormone levels. This change in metabolism means what we eat is of utmost importance. Beginning in our 40’s, we females need a diet focused on protein, whole grains, healthy fats/oils, vitamins, minerals, and water.
Our daily diet should include:
> Protein at every meal. Healthy protein includes: lean meat (chicken/turkey), seafood, eggs, beans, nuts, seeds, and soy products.
> A variety of fruits.
> A variety of vegetables, incl. green, red, orange, starchy, and non-starchy.
> Whole grains and healthy oils, such as olive oil.
> Low- or non-fat dairy (ie, milk, yogurt, cheese, fortified soy products).
> Calcium, potassium, and vitamins A and C.
> A minimum of 25 grams of dietary fiber.
> Less than 10% of foods with added sugar (ie, processed foods, desserts) and saturated fats (ie, red meat, high-fat diary).
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