Are You Over 40?

… find yourself looking in the mirror and saying to yourself, “I’m so fat!”
…read on…

Believe me, hitting “middle age” is no picnic in the park—especially for women! One day you wake up, look in the mirror, and you no longer have the body you used to have! The body habitus is just different after you hit 40—some areas are bigger, some are smaller, some sag, and others wrinkle. For those of you who have not reached age 40 yet, you’ll know what we mean when you get there!

I recently received an email from one of our Hauser Otter Diet successes. She is a 40 year old executive who is in a very stressful job. She was expressing how she doesn’t know how she let herself get to the point she is now. She is typically a tall, lean, but strong woman, who loves to cook, but struggles with gaining weight around her middle section. Now, she says, she is just “plain ol’ fat!”

She wrote to me, “Well, I have no choice, none of the new clothes I bought fit. I want to drop 20 pounds as fast as I can, so I figure if I exercise, no fast food, increase water, and do the Otter thing, I should be on my way! Yes, I need to take back control of my life on lots of levels. I used to cook all the time, now I have no energy by the time I get home. It is sad to say the least…”

“I went through my Cooking Light magazines last night for recipes and will be going through the pantry and fridge to figure out what I have. I need to eat my own food instead of fast food. I pretty much need to make a run to the organic grocery store and stock up all over again. I went walking on Sunday and that was good to get out. I just need to get air in my tires and I can get back to biking…”

Does this sound familiar?

How often do we let our busy lives take control? I know I struggle with this every day. When the alarm goes off at 5:00AM, I think to myself, “Oh, I’m tired, I could just forget going out to cycle with the group today.” But then my conscience says to me, “Get up, or you’ll get fat!” Ha ha. But it’s true! It takes a lot more work to stay fit as we age (for most people.)

We struggle with balancing job, home, kids, spouse, friends, family, volunteer work, yard work, education, and everything else that vies for our time. All of these things are good—but if you don’t have your health, none of it will matter. Right?

As we stated our e-newsletters before, many lifestyle-related diseases are totally preventable by the foods we consume and the activities we choose to spend our time doing. Heart disease, high cholesterol, adult onset diabetes, hypertension, and Syndrome X are preventable diseases.

If you have found that you have strayed from your Hauser Diet plan, it’s time to get back on the fitness bus! Come in and let us help you get back to basics!

Our emailer has the right idea! Here are five tips for getting back on track!

  1. Take back control of your life! It’s up to you and you alone! Nobody can make you do it.
  2. Do a kitchen overhaul! Get rid of junk foods, sodas, and foods that do not fit in your Hauser Diet plan. Throw these things away!
  3. Go to the grocery store and stock up! Cooking your own meals will not only save you a lot of calories, but it will save you a lot of money! Put some meats in your freezer, fresh produce in your vegetable bins, and some staples on your pantry shelves!
  4. Get back to an exercise plan. Now that the weather is warmer, get out there—go outside for a brisk walk, ride your bike, jog around the track, or go for a swim.
  5. Remember, exercise is key to staying fit as you age – it helps prevent osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease, high blood pressure, and the list goes on…don’t you want to stay active for life?

Exercise has so many positive benefits: you actually feel more energetic, burn more fat, rev up your metabolism, strengthen your bones and muscles, maintain a positive body image, make new friends, socialize with old friends, forget about the office, distress, and I am sure you could think of 25 more….

Get Hauser Diet Typing! If you have never gotten Hauser Diet Typing, you need to do it! You need to find out what diet is best for your individual body. Just because your aunt Susan did well on the Atkins Diet, doesn’t mean that you will too!

If you have gotten Diet Typing, but it has been a while since you followed the diet, come in for a re-evaluation. We’ll check your blood pH to see if anything has changed, and help you get back on track!

If you woke up today and felt like you were fat and forty – it’s not too late! There is plenty of time to make some significant lifestyle changes!