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Movement for Life - Seniors edition

LAUREN WALKER Special to The Standard

I am so not into dieting! I don’t understand why people go to such extreme lengths. I’ve seen and heard it all; people continue to make the same mistakes. Why are you going down the same path only to end up in the same place?

There is such a thing as disordered eating habits. Your body requires a certain balance of protein, fat and carbohydrates to function. Yes, there are those of you who function better on a vegetarian diet and others, such as myself, who prefer meat and potatoes. It’s not a matter of one way being the right way. You have to find what works for you.

You must ask yourself, “Are my eating habits helping or hindering me?” The key is to learn to tune in to your body. When you eat food, your body has an immediate response. If what you’re eating makes you feel satiated and energetic, this is a good sign. If what you’re eating makes you feel down and lethargic, this is a sign. It takes practice to learn what does and doesn’t work. Write down what you’re eating and monitor your response.

I’m not into telling people what they should or shouldn’t eat. You need to pay attention to your own body. Clear indicators include digestive problems, skin rashes, impaired mental clarity, or just feeling tired all the time. If you’re experiencing any of these issues, it could be food-related. It’s time to start making better choices!

Finding the proper balance takes time and practice. If you have to resort to extremes, there are consequences. You’ve got to find the right balance for you.

All Fit All Ages Gym is located in the Port Perry Food Basics plaza. Call 289-356-2140 for your free assessment.

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