As we age our body and mind undergo drastic changes that affect our health and overall well-being.
Our eyesight deteriorates, so is our hearing. Our legs get wobbly, and our hands, shaky.
We forget things, don’t sleep too well, lose some strength, and appetite. And yes, our libido takes a nose dive (sigh!).
On the more serious side medical issues like diabetes, arthritis, high cholesterol, hypertension, heart and mental diseases, among others, get into the fray.
As if these are not bad enough, a lot of seniors are living on shoestring budget that could barely afford their basic needs, not to mention their necessary meds.
That is the life of a senior.
It is not a walk in the park; it is not a bed of roses. It is difficult and only us, seniors, know, understand, and feel how it is to be old and frail, and forgetful, lonely and sickly.
Not science or those researchers in universities trying to make names for themselves by coming up with volumes of studies saying that by doing this or that, by taking this or that, you can avoid getting wrinkles, improve your brain power, live longer, or regain your sexual drive, and many more.
Nothing is farther from the truth – especially where food and nutrition are concerned.
For example (here’s a part of an article I got online):
“As we age, eating well can improve our mental acuteness, energy levels, and resistance to illness. A healthy diet can also be the key to positive outlook and staying emotionally balanced…”
I find this a lot of crap.
Eating healthy is a must, regardless of age. But if you were a straight C in your younger days, eating healthy can’t make you a B later in life. The best it can do is not to slide you down to D.
Another is about positive outlook. It is either genetic or a deliberate choice. Eating all the dark chocolate, or grapes, or ice cream cannot do that. Well, they may give you a positive outlook – while their taste lingers in your mouth, not any longer.
A Nutrition Plan can’t make You Better:
When people get old and become seniors, they are either healthy, unhealthy, or sickly.
Confused? Let me put it this way. I have osteoarthritis and currently taking anti-hypertension pills. That makes me unhealthy, sort of. But am I sick? Unless I come down with the measles or have a stroke, or suffer from a debilitating disease I am not sick or sickly
Regardless of your overall state of health and wellness, science says that you must have proper nutrition to have good health and enjoy life. That’s no brainer.
It says that you must have enough fibers, omega3, vitamins and minerals in your diet. That you must eat lots of fruits, nuts and vegetables, eat wheat bread, instead of white, unpolished, not polished rice, and many more. And you must keep away from processed foods as much as possible.
No argument there.
But aren’t you getting all these already from your existing diet?
Don’t you have fish, or meat or vegetables, or fibers when you eat your breakfast, lunch or dinner? Don’t you occasionally snack on nuts, or grapes, or banana?
Do you have to introduce into your system all these signature (and expensive) nutrition plans?
If you have reached this far eating your regular foods, why change them now at a time when you can’t go to the grocery as often as you used to, your finances are scarcer, and preparing a new dish is a challenge, not pleasure?
Your current state of health and wellness did not suddenly appear when you reached 60. You are what you are today because of the things you did and did not do several years back. Other than genetics, they are caused by the choices you made and your lifestyle as a young stud.
As the saying goes, “What goes around goes around.”
Therefore no amount of nutrition, no matter how simple or fancy, can undo the damage you wrought upon your body from the things you did, and ate years back.
No nutrition plan can make you better. It can only provide a status quo, or prevent further deterioration.
Why Fix it if It ain’t Broke:
I’ve been smoking for a long, long time. I know it’s bad. My daughter kept telling me it’s bad and I had to stop. But I didn’t. Finally she said, “I think it’s better for you to go on because you might get sick if you stop at this point in your life.”
Coming from a doctor, that’s kind of crazy. But in a deeper context, it is not. My body is already used to it. It has acclimatized itself to the nicotine and the more than a dozen harmful chemicals that come with each puff.
The same thing is true with your diet. If you have reached this far eating the usual foods you have been eating all your life, why change them now?
Why fix it if it ain’t broke?
If you feel nourished, if you feel good, if you can still function normally to your age, why do something that you need to adjust to all over again?
If you are happy with what you are regularly eating, why eat something else?
I grew up in an average income family. But our neighborhood was not exactly the suburbs. Most of the guys I grew up with were not as similarly situated as I was. But we ate the same kinds of food our moms put on the table.
Statistically, deaths among my boyhood friends are not any worse than the national figures. Most of them are still around – as old as I am.
Am I just lucky, or was my nutrition plan, which is really no plan at all, good enough for me?
What about you?