The facts are in and Baby Boomers have been notorious for not having healthy eating habits. It hasn’t always been their fault though many in the medical world want to blame them for it. Often life just grabbed the baby boomer by their boot straps and drug them right along the glitzy marketing promotion trail to unhealthy choices all the way saying how it would save them time and was really good for them.
And if marketing didn’t do the trick then the changes in their lifestyles did. Before the baby boomer years started most Moms were not working and stayed in the home so the end result was wholesome home cooked meals filled with plenty of healthy fruits and vegetables. The end result was healthy eating habits without fuss.
During the childhoods of most of the baby boomer generation economic realities began to change and the Mom in the family now also had to work to help provide extra income for the family to buy new shiny toys or to add to the savings for their kids’ college educations. Taking Mom out of the home also reduced her time for preparing meals and lead them right into not so healthy eating habits with processed food choices.
Marketing campaigns began telling the juggling baby boomers that it was okay to eat macaroni and cheese that came from a box. The marketers designed the ads to show Mom how to save time so she could do other more important tasks. Soon the marketing became so intense that isle after isle in the local grocery store became packed with boxes sporting slogans like instant, quick and pre-cooked. This is also around the time that the baby boomers were introduced to the TV dinners, frozen pot pies, pizza in a box and other hazardous stuffed ingredients. Did the baby boomer ever read the labels on the boxes? No because the laws of the day did not require such things.
From that point on the baby boomer generation ate what they wanted, when they wanted and worse as much as they wanted. Now decades later the baby boomer is facing serious health issues and the largest health issue is obesity. Obesity leads to many other health related issues such as diabetes, heart disease, gout, cholesterol clogged arteries and in the end early death. Many baby boomers are not living as long as their parents had and this is very sobering.
So just what can a boomer do? It depends on how much the boomer wants to live longer and healthier plus their determination to make a change. Changing your eating habits from a lot of junk that you have developed for 30-40 years cannot be done overnight. Rome was not built in a day and your health will need to adjust as you begin to make healthy eating habits become permanent changes.
Let’s begin with simple improvements:
Never skip your breakfast or any major meal. These meals gives you the strength and energy to go through the entire day. For breakfast make sure you include whole grain cereals, fresh fruits, eggs, milk & juices in your menu. Those food types are very nutritious and can provide your body with the essential fuel it needs to keep it energized. Skipping a meal will cause your body to react in desperation when the next meal comes and encourage you to over eat. Additionally your body will begin to store fat for those skipped meal times.
- Drink more water. You should consume at least 8 full glasses of water each and every day. Drinking water helps your body by flushing out harmful toxins on a daily basis and keeps you hydrated. In addition good water consumption improves the suppleness to your skin, resulting in glowing skin tones.
- One of the absolute best changes for your healthy eating is a wise selection of snacks. Everyone gets the munchies and when you feel you need a little something during the middle of the day, try fresh veggies or fruits instead of chips or candy. Doing this will not only make you feel fuller but it will also provide your body with excellent nutrition that gives you additional energy.
Never skip a meal. A lot of baby boomers think that they will lose weight by eating less during the day. Skipping any meal has the exact opposite effect it increases your hunger level and that leads to consuming much larger proportions of food when you do eat later. Additionally should you skip meals your body metabolism activity rate goes way down. This tricks the body into thinking it is starving so it begins to convert any consumed food right into fat and that adds to your weight.
- Research shows that an earlier dinner time is also important for controlling weight because it allows sufficient time for your body’s’ digestion of the food. The end result is that it reduces the development of body fat.
- Change your regular meal times. Consuming a couple of smaller meals throughout the day in shorter time periods, instead of having large meals.
These 6 easy to do changes in your lifestyle can jump-start the process you need to promote a faster metabolism and improve your energy levels. Following these simple guide lines will not only help you lose a couple pounds but they will allow you to maintain your ideal weight while improving your healthy eating habits.
Stay tuned for additional tips and tricks to get your motor running smoother, quieter and with an improved need for speed. Till next time baby boomer start healthy eating habits today.
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