It’s no secret that eating certain foods can affect your appearance as you age. Regularly eating unhealthy foods can create lifeless hair and greasy skin, as well as an cause additional weight gain or muscle loss. If you are over 40 and try to combat these issues by purchasing high-end cosmetics or ramping up your workout routines. These external changes don’t necessarily prevent the mental and emotional damage of an unhealthy diet. Eating a balanced, nutritious diet might just save your life – or at least improve it significantly.

Nutritional Deficiencies May Cause Cognitive Issues

As you age it’s often normal to have mild issues with memory or loss of critical thinking skills after a stressful day or if you have been feeling sleep-deprived. However, your diet might be responsible! If these issues persist over a long period of time, eating a diet that lacks adequate amounts of vitamin B12 and vitamin D can make it difficult for your brain to function at it’s peak. You may also experience cognitive problems if your diet is low in calcium, vitamin E, iodine, iron, or magnesium.

If you find it difficult to get enough of these nutrients on a regular basis, talk to your doctor about adding supplements or a multivitamin to your dietary regimen. You can also work on replacing junk food with fruits, vegetables, and lean meat.

You can easily sneak more fruits and vegetables into your diet by adding them to the following foods:

● Smoothies
● Waffles
● Pancakes
● Casseroles
● Muffins
● Brownies
● Cookies
● Omelets
● Burritos
● Salads

You can also puree veggies you hate and sneak them into soups or stews.

Eating Habits Can Trigger Episodes of Depression

Have you been feeling down lately? You may not know this but your eating habits can make symptoms of depression worse, and sometimes even trigger unpleasant feelings. What you eat can affect your mood regardless of whether you currently take prescription medications or engage in talk therapy for your depression. If you’ve been diagnosed with depression or think you might be in the future, pay attention to the foods you consume.

Alcohol causes feelings of sadness or anxiety in many women. If you take meds for depression, they may interact badly with the alcohol and make you feel worse. You should also limit or avoid stimulants such as sugar and caffeine.

What To Drink When Your Cravings Are Salty Foods?

Choose natural foods that aren’t heavily processed. For example, eat a small bowl of fruit for breakfast rather than relying on store-bought granola bars or toaster pastries. Pack a salad and a sandwich for lunch rather than hitting up the nearest fast food restaurant. Avoid artificial sweeteners, flavors, and colors, as these may worsen your mood.

Make sure you consume a balanced diet. For example, nut butter is often considered a healthy way to get more protein in your diet. However, eating half a jar of nut butter is not a healthy choice. Even if the nut butter itself doesn’t make you feel sick, you may feel depressed about your inability to stop yourself from eating too much of it. If you are having this issue, speaking to your primary care physician or psychiatrist, so that they can assist you in how to stop overeating.

Addictive Tendencies Thrive When You Eat Unhealthy Foods

People often joke that they’re addicted to fast food, cookies, or candy. This may surprise to hear that these foods do contain addictive ingredients like sugar. Some experts believe that your brain reacts to sugar the same way it reacts to addictive drugs, such as cocaine. As sugar breaks down in your body, your brain gets excited and thinks it needs more.

Instead of reaching for another cookie, try dark chocolate. Dark chocolate promotes a healthy mental state by encouraging your body to release endorphins, which are neurotransmitters that create feelings of euphoria. You can also try fresh fruit or make a dessert with honey or maple syrup rather than refined sugar.

Even if you reduce or eliminate sugar, it’s important to watch the other foods you consume regularly. If you are prone to addictive tendencies, you may find it difficult to reduce the temptation of alcohol if you have nutritional deficiencies. If you care currently undergoing treatment for addiction, your brain needs healthy foods to recover. Drug and alcohol abuse can cause you to overeat or skip meals for days at a time, which can have a negative impact on your brain and body.

At the end of the day, taking care of yourself should be a top priority. Even if you decide to follow a healthy diet before a special event, such as a wedding or beach vacation. It’s fine to do that, but don’t stop when the event ends. The foods you consume have a major impact on your mind as well as your body, so it’s vital that you follow a nutritious, well-balanced diet whenever possible.

Milan Perry, HHP, MH provides Healthy Lifestyle Coaching in a holistic way for Classy Women 50-60 years of age from a naturopathic way. She is Board Certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, Certified in Herbalism and is a Culinary graduate.

As a herbalist. healthy lifestyle coach, menu planner, busy wife, the “joie de vivre” is wine + anti-aging (not in that order). She coaches women that have tried the fad diets of quick weight loss of 20 pounds without success.

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contributing writer: Julia Merrill