So why is it that most people male and female can get away with eating the burger with a bun and fries in their 20’s, and why is it that this changes after the age of 30????
The answer is quite simple. The body stops reproducing cells as efficiently after the age of the 30 and the body also begins the process of breaking down. Carbs are a great source of quick energy for very active people as well as for those under the age of 30, who need the extra energy and are able burn it off. As we age, the body requires different sources of energy for upkeep. For example, the brain is made up of mostly fat, therefore, to keep the brain healthy as we age, it is important to feed it healthy fats such as omegas and DHAs (found in nuts and dairy). After the age of 30 we also begin to lose 1 pound of lean mass per year. That means that if you are not working to build muscle and eating to maintain it, you will lose it! Protein is one of the best ways to help build, repair and maintain muscle. Your body in middle age physiologically craves these 2 macro nutrients.
So when do carbs come back into play????? Unfortunately, not in the form of French Fries. The blood in our body requires vitamins to be delivered to it each and every day. As you can well imagine, there are no vitamins hiding in French Fries! In mid age the body utilizes carbohydrates mainly in the form of vegetables and fruits. Each time you fill your body with these beautifully natural and colourful foods, you are feeding and providing your blood with much needed vitamins. For example, broccoli is high in vitamin B and spinach is high in iron. Both of these micronutrients are needed to keep the blood healthy and working for you.
Your body is a very complex machine! It needs to be fed the right nutrients as you age if you want it to keep working well for you!!! The next time you would like to order fries instead of a salad, or eat that extra cookie because it tastes good.......ask yourself........What is this doing for my body right now?????