What's Age Got to Do With It?

Would you love to handle middle age and beyond without a health crisis so you can travel; learn new stuff; hang out at your favorite museum or concert hall; play with the grandkids; enjoy dancing, walking, bike riding or hiking; and romance with the one you love?  

I recently read an article about men’s attitude toward aging, and that got me to thinking.  The media always seems to concentrate on women and aging…..you know, losing their soft skin and youthful beauty, the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes and mouth, the weight gain around the mid-section, the need to wear make-up or have a face lift, the need to have other body parts lifted, etc.  It seems like most ads and articles target women. 

But where do men fit into the equation of aging?  And, at what age do men start thinking about the process of getting older?

Well, it seems that men think a lot about aging starting as early as their 40’s.  Here are some of the things they fear about aging: 

  1. losing muscle tone and strength (physical fitness)

  2. ability to earn an income and/or climb the success ladder

  3. identity (men’s identity is typically tied to career)

  4. being in control and being powerful

  5. losing a sense of invincibility

  6. shifting hormones and impotence

 

So, what’s a man to do?

  1. Attitude toward self and age is powerfully important.  If a man is to successfully maneuver his later years, he needs to look toward that time with optimism.

  2. Self-care is extremely important……diet and lifestyle are key.

  3. Get involved with activities, hobbies, friends, and family.  In other words, have a purpose!

  4. Continue to learn and grow by taking classes, reading, etc.

 
Whether you’re a man or a woman, “the aging pattern for each gender greatly depends on the society an individual was raised in and their personal smoking, alcohol abuse, infectious disease, nutrition, poverty, access to education, work conditions, violence, and health care”, according to the World Health Organization.

From a nutrition and lifestyle perspective, here’s a look at a few things to keep in mind as you age:

  1.  Eat clean……minimize the sugar, cereals, pasta, pastries, ‘white’ foods.  Ideally, eliminate them altogether.  Continuing to eat them regularly can lead to more rapid aging and a whole host of diseases, including obesity, heart disease, cancers, and diabetes.

    1. Drop the processed food and replace with whole foods in their natural state.

    2. Be sure to eat good fats, not the hydrogenated (e.g. fake butter) or highly processed or GMO ones (e.g. canola oil)

    3. Instead of a late night binge on sweets, candy, or chips, opt for reading, catching up with friends, gentle stretching, or setting up what your next day is going to look like.  Doing the latter ensures you have something to look forward to.

  2. Get enough daily sunshine, sleep, exercise.

  3. Take up a spiritual practice, even if you don’t practice a particular religion.  Your practice could be a walk in the woods or by the beach, meditation, alone time, yoga or some other form of gentle body movement, etc.

Try these Healthfully Delicious PANCAKES for breakfast
~makes 4 or more servings

                                             4 lg. or 3 jumbo eggs                                    1 c. almond flour                                                
 ½ c. full-fat coconut milk                           1/4 c. coconut flour
½ c. filtered water                                        1 tsp. baking soda
2 tbsp. coconut oil or ghee                           1/2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract                          1/4 tsp. sea salt
1 tsp. coconut oil for the pan
 

 In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, coconut milk, water, butter, and vanilla until smooth. Add in flours, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk or beat until smooth. Heat a large griddle or pan over medium heat with the coconut oil. When the pan is hot, ladle about ¼-cup batter onto the griddle for each pancake. Cook the pancakes until the first sides are light golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn the pancakes over and cook the other side until done, about another 2 minutes.   Serve the pancakes warm, 3 per person, topped with ½ cup of fresh berries and 1-2 tsp. butter per person. Adapted from: Dr. Mark Hyman, Eat Fat,Get Thin

 In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, coconut milk, water, butter, and vanilla until smooth.

Add in flours, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk or beat until smooth.

Heat a large griddle or pan over medium heat with the coconut oil. When the pan is hot, ladle about ¼-cup batter onto the griddle for each pancake.

Cook the pancakes until the first sides are light golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn the pancakes over and cook the other side until done, about another 2 minutes.

 
Serve the pancakes warm, 3 per person, topped with ½ cup of fresh berries and 1-2 tsp. butter per person.

Adapted from: Dr. Mark Hyman, Eat Fat,Get Thin