We all have a lot of habits we do every day. But the tricky thing about habits is they have a way of being so ingrained into our daily routine that we usually do not even notice that we’re doing them. And while some habits are beneficial for our health, like going for a walk in the mornings or incorporating vegetables into your breakfast, some habits could totally wreck your body.
If you are 50 years young, or somewhere close to that age, there are certain eating habits that professionals warn might have lasting consequences on your health. Here are a few common habits you might want to change.
1 — Skipping meals
Skipping meals is a bad habit that can easily go unnoticed, especially if you are running late or are very busy. However, this habit could be harmful to your health.
“Skipping meals could contribute to raised insulin resistance because going a while without eating, then consuming large amounts all at one time, can contribute to larger swings in your blood sugar levels during the day,” explains Stephanie Hnatiuk. “People who skip lunch and/or breakfast are more likely to take in excess calories late in the afternoon or evening, which could also contribute to gaining weight.”
Hnatiuk instead recommends eating three full meals each day when possible. If you know you are going to have a busy day, it could be helpful to prepare food ahead of time so you can conveniently grab it and take it on the go.
2 — Not getting enough protein
Getting an adequate amount of protein in your diet is crucial for every individual at any age, but it really becomes important as you enter into your 50s.
“Protein is key for managing muscle mass, which is important for staying healthy as you age,” says Hnatiuk. “Because a reduction in muscle mass happens with age, protein requirements are higher as we get older.”
Because of this, Hnatiuk recommends including a protein source at every meal, “like fish, Greek yogurt, poultry, eggs, tofu, or beans.”
3 — Not consuming enough fiber
In addition to protein, fiber is another important nutrient in managing a healthy diet into your 50s. As reported by Hnatiuk, “fiber plays a role in our digestive system’s health, improves fullness after eating, and helps to decrease spikes in blood sugars after meals.”
Despite fiber being a required part of healthy living, many individuals aren’t getting an adequate amount on a daily basis.
“To reach your fiber goals and get the benefits from fiber in your diet, try to make a habit of including vegetables and fruits with every meal, and pick whole grains over refined or white grains as often as possible,” says Hnatiuk.
Author: Steven Sinclaire