A woman’s body, fitness, health, and diet needs vary over the course of her life. The key to maintaining a proper balance is getting to know your own body – even as it changes, and making small adjustments accordingly.
Many of us work our whole lives to maintain a pleasing figure – to like what we see in the mirror. Hopefully, this is primarily for ourselves and not just for others. We find healthy diet options that work for certain seasons of our lives or based on current trends or even medical knowledge. However, during our lives, our bodies and metabolism change. Those changes can be because of home or work related stress, hormonal fluctuations, and hormone changes due to stress of our adrenal system, unnatural medications (prescriptions) or many other causes.
The female mid-section is sensitive to numerous effects that have nothing to do with weight gain. Unfortunately they make many women feel as though they have gotten fat – when they have not. Many women often reach for diuretics for monthly water retention. Others go on high blood pressure medications when all they need is a diuretic for water weight gain side affects (as I did from acute bronchial asthma inhaler side effects.)
- Women’s Health and Diet Tip 1 – Maintain physical fitness routines and workout schedules of varying intensity. The feeling of lethargy can make one feel like missing a workout. However, it is proven that if you can just find enough energy to do an ‘easy workout’ it brings back the energy level and decreasing the body’s tendency to hold onto liquid as you keep your internal organs moving. Drinking more water of course helps with an herbal diuretic.
- Women’s Health and Diet Tip 2 – Know your digestive system. As we get older our digestive system changes. We may feel ‘fat’ when we are have digestive issues that cause bloating or retention which with the right probiotics help us to find our ‘little middle again’ having nothing to do with fat. Daily digestive boosting detox or cleansing with organic eating keeps your body from having to deal with impurities of many kinds (i.e., sugar, colorings, preservatives, etc.)
- Women’s Health and Diet Tip 3 – Know your hormonal system. Pregnancy or Peri-menopause (which can actually begin in one’s 20s), are all changing hormones and digestion glucose levels, adrenal fatigue, and the like demand us to re-balance our body chemistry working with the changes and adjusting accordingly.
- Women’s Health and Diet Tip 4 – Know your metabolism. Of course the best increase for metabolic slow down is adding more weight training workouts into your workouts. My favorite equipment in my home is my total gym. I alternate it during some workouts with my treadmill or motorless elliptical Gazelle with other things every 6 weeks or so to keep it fresh. But the total gym is my staple or anchor in all of my workouts.
- Women’s Health and Diet Tip 5 – Know how sugar or salt affects your body. Digestive changes and stress are major elements. I know it took me 2 years to figure out why my clothes changed from morning to evening, until I discovered my system had developed a sensitivity to salt (since I never even add salt to my food). I noticed I needed to read sodium content on labels now more than fat or carbohydrate content to prevent an ‘allergy type’ bloating reaction. You can’t find much under 100 mg of sodium, but I seek 60-85 mg. The average prepared meal varies from 350 to 750 mg of salt. So, pay attention to how your body responds to what foods you eat. When eating out, take a look at restaurant menus online if available to help narrow down your healthiest entree choices.
- Women’s Health and Diet Tip 6 – Know how stress affects your body. Cortisol is not your friend. I noticed a similar reaction to the salt bloating during a day or week when I felt stress increase or felt my heart rate increasing during emotionally challenging events. Needless to say, decreasing stress has many benefits and working out or physical fitness activity has always been a great stress reliever.
My own 2-year body changing metabolism slowing, where did my flat tummy go since this morning major life job relationship stress re-balancing was a discovery process to figure out what was out of balance and what I needed to do to get back into balance. Let’s face it, life happens – but it does not have to happen in and all over our bodies.
Getting re-balanced is what balanced health is all about. The result – a dress size and a half, adding nuts, (low sodium) cheese, and no salt peanut butter that I’d given up in my ‘25% or less daily low fat intake eating days’ back into my diet and back to my little middle me.
Another key is more targeting since body composition shifts, you have to shift the muscle building to counteract. So at those milestone birthdays who says you can’t wear your college size clothes. I always refused to believe that older meant thick in the middle or weight gain and I’m living the dream! Hopefully you can use some of my experiences and ideas to work into your own total body healthy balance program. Balance and re-balance is the key and I know it works!