Good eating habits:
- Choosing the correct carbohydrates, minimising fats and increasing proteins
- Avoid sugary foods
- Avoid spicy foods which can cause heart burn and bloating.
- Have smaller meals at more regular intervals
- Last meal of the day should be early in the night. No late meals
- Increasing fibre, vegetables and fruits
- Drinking plenty of water – 2-3 litres in a day.
- Limit stimulants such as alcohol, coffee and tea which can hinder absorption of nutrients and interfere with temperature regulation.
- Limit salt intake which can affect blood pressure and water retention
- Increasing soy in diet which helps decrease bad cholesterol, improves heart health and acts as an anti-oxidant.
- Increased calcium intake as in dairy and calcium rich foods for bone health. It would be good to keep in mind that many women at this age are lactose sensitive and may have to avoid dairy completely. They are then advised to take calcium tablets and calcium rich foods.
Water constitutes 60% of the body weight.
Water is essential for the following:
- Weight loss
- Kidney health
- Preventing ill health
- Gives younger and healthier looking skin
- Relieves fatigue
- Reduces risk of cancer
- Improves mood
- Prevents cramps and sprains
- Helps with regular bowel movements