Day 4 – Caffeine Detox

Four days into this and I’m still feeling the detox. As a result of this, I’ve learned that caffeine can affect your levels of calcium in the body which can be serious in women at an older age. According to a Personal Trainer who is just starting to work with me to help me through this, large amounts of caffeine can affect glucose levels in the body. That means metabolizing fat is not normal in a body that is filled with this drug.

I’ve let you know that I love drinking coffee. It’s a social event as well as a good tasting beverage for me. But I’ve turned into something else. I’ve allowed it to take over my life and my body.

On this fourth day, my legs are still cramping. I’m doing stretches and getting ready to do a few minutes on my Elliptical machine this afternoon. Keeping up with my workouts seem to help although I couldn’t do it yesterday. I took a short nap today and that helped. I’m on my second green smoothie since they are so delicious. I know that keeping my body full of fresh vitamins and minerals will be the biggest help with this.

As you know I’m also doing a one week raw foods cleanse. Yesterday was difficult for that. I wanted to start eating everything in the refrigerator. I did fall a bit in that I act some raw cashews instead of sticking strictly with fruits and veggies. But I don’t think that’s going to hurt. I am looking forward to getting back on more food however.

I’ve fasted for up to five days before on just water so this is not a fast at all. Instead, it’s a cleanse. If you need to get your body moving (can I be more direct and say, your bowels), this is a great way to do that in a gentle and natural way. If you don’t have the detox going at the same time, you will love how you feel as your body starts rejuvenating itself.

Is Your Metabolism Slowing Done

Oh well, I guess you already realized this but those of us who are older than 40 know that our metabolisms have slowed down. This means being able to burn less calories than we did in our youth.

It doesn’t help that most of us are not actually aware of just how many calories we take in each day or just how many of them get burned up through body processes and our activity level.

If you’re age 60 or older, there’s the reality that you also lose muscle mass. Muscle mass helps you to burn calories. Without muscle mass, it easy to put on pounds to your frame when you eat more than your bodies need.

Men and women who are in their fifties burn 4 to 8% more calories than men and women in their 60s.

If you 40 years of age or older, you have to be more careful about how many calories you consume each day. You also have to be more diligent about being able to burn off what you don’t need.

If you find that you are gaining weight, make changes now such as

• increase your daily activity level
• eat fat-free or light products
• watch portion sizes
• drink more than eight 8-oz glasses of water a day.

Also, remember to not “drink” too many calories. Plenty of calories are contained in beverages, condiments, and of course desserts. I’ve tried to make it a habit of drinking water at most meals and never drink sodas anymore (except a very occasional Root Beer). Another tip is to start sharing desserts or only taking a few bites and leaving the rest (I know how much will power that takes but you can do it)!

The link takes you to a Web MD Site that has lots of ideas on eating better for your age and metabolism.

DASH to Lower Your Blood Pressure

I just heard about a natural way of eating called the DASH eating plan. DASH stands for “Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension.” This concept lets you develop a healthy on-going diet. I really don’t like formal diets. They don’t fit into a real lifestyle so you feel like you’re failing. Natural eating plans are the way to go.

A healthy diet is one major key to help decrease the risk for disease. Research has shown that eating a healthy diet can reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure and that it can also lower your blood pressure.

The DASH eating plan is supported by actual research which was a study that tested the effects that certain food had on blood pressure.

The results were that elevated blood pressure can be reduced when individuals follow an eating plan that puts an importance on

• Fruits
• Vegetables
• low fat dairy foods
• foods low in saturated fat, total fat, and cholesterol.

The particular eating plan known as DASH includes whole grains, poultry, fish, and nuts. The plan has reduced amounts of sugared beverages, sweets, red meats, and also fats.

DASH works because it takes individual steps that can lower blood pressure and combines them into an eating plan. When you make an effort to reduce your sodium intake and follow the DASH eating plan, the result will be a lowered blood pressure.

Individuals who currently have high blood pressure will benefit from following the DASH eating plan. Individuals with even slightly elevated blood pressure are at risk for heart disease associated with high blood pressure.

The plan follows heart healthy guidelines and limits saturated fat and cholesterol and follows nutrient recommendations from the Institute of Medicine.