A mid-life crisis doesn’t need to be a dramatic event; most often, it is a period of time during which you feel ungrounded or without purpose. If you have been feeling down in the dumps, unmotivated, foggy-minded, or generally dissatisfied, you might be going through a “mid-life” crisis. Relax! There are delicious ways to come back to your normal state of being.
But, you say, doesn’t using food as a solution create new and bigger problems? Yes and no. Indulging in comfort food such as ice cream, chocolate chip cookies, or macaroni and cheese to improve your mood--in other words, “eating your feelings”--can disrupt your body’s systems and leave you feeling sluggish and unhappy.
However, when you consume important vitamins and nutrients in appropriate amounts, your mind clears and becomes sharper, your spirits lift, and you feel more energized. A healthy diet doesn’t just benefit your waistline; it keeps your body’s organs and biological and emotional systems in tip top shape. Daily intake of vitamins and and healthy foods can help you overcome your slump and gain clarity.
Here’s a list of foods and nutrients that can help you to eat your way out of a mid-life crisis:
B12 for Your Brain
B12 helps produce blood cells and improve cognition. It is common in animal products such as meat and eggs.
Potassium for Blood Pressure
To Potassium is an essential nutrient that stabilizes blood pressure by normalizing its levels. Potassium can be found in greens, avocados, nuts, and seeds.
Fiber for Faster Digestion
Fiber helps your digestive tract run smoothly by regulating normal bowel movements and reducing the risk of gastrointestinal inflammation. Prunes, raspberries, bananas, raisins, pears with skin, and apples with skin, vegetables , and brown rice are all high in fiber.
Magnesium for Your Mood
Many women experience mood swings and depression as their bodies react to stress, illness, or hormonal changes brought on by menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause. Magnesium can boost your spirits on a daily basis because it produces serotonin, a brain chemical that aids in eating, digesting, sleeping, and stabilizing your mood. Magnesium-rich foods include salmon, black beans, sunflower seeds, peanuts, quinoa, brown rice, almonds, and avocados.
Lutein for Long-Lasting Eyesight
Lutein wards off cataracts and age-related macular degeneration. It can be found in egg yolks, grapes, oranges, and leafy vegetables like broccoli and spinach.
Salt for Savor (and Microdeficiency)
Many people assume they need less salt; however, most people are mineral deficient and need this extra source of micro minerals to help their cells balance water. The issue of excessive sodium comes from consuming highly processed food such as potato chips, cheese, and prepared meals. You can and should consume himalayan or celtic sea salt with your food regularly.
Water for Wellness
Water is the most important sustenance you can put in your body. It replenishes systems, flushes out toxins, improves mood, cuts cravings, and leaves you feeling refreshed. As you age, your sensation of thirst can decrease, which makes drinking enough water more important than ever. Strive daily for roughly ½ an ounce of water for each pound of body weight with, of course, increasing this amount with exercise, heat, and altitude. Also, limit your intake of alcohol, tea, and coffee. You can also increase your water consumption by eating water-dense foods such as cucumber and watermelon.
Obviously, these foods and vitamins are not the only nutritious options available. If you are interested in learning more about how you can eat your way out of a mid-life crisis in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, contact Sage Nutrition and Healing Center at 303.503.5969. I will gladly meet with you to discuss food to eat at middle age and develop a delicious custom nutrition plan to keep you full of energy and life.