Other night after dinner party, friend tells me thinks I need to eat more, gain weight so that if get sick when older will have some reserves. Probably, I think, meaning, “you’d look a lot better if those wrinkles on face and neck were filled in a bit,” which is exactly what I see when look in mirror.
Envy the friends who have smooth skin; remind myself was too much sun exposure as a child. Started heavy sunscreen use at age 35, but too late by then.
Exacerbated now, the old-age, wrinkle problem, by such a lot of weight loss, first when doing two Fast Days a week, during last two years. Now have reduced to one Fast Day each week, called maintenance plan by Dr. Mosley’s FAST DIET book and gained back some weight. I find the plan easy, since includes small breakfast and, for me, small happy-hour style dinner.
Husband and I saw a PBS documentary about benefits of alternate day fasting, I got book at library, was amazed to read studies showing benefits of regular fast days, including improvements in blood pressure, in cholesterol reduction, in lower blood sugars, probably lower risk of cancers due to decreased IGF-1 levels, perhaps even repair of brain cells, at least shown in studies with mice.
Was even more amazed to find that the so-called “fast” included ability to have a very small breakfast and a very small dinner. Decided that with all the possible benefits, it would be crazy not to do such a simple thing. For me, the weight loss not needed, but seemed impossible to stop. I ate more on non-fast days, still getting skinny, older (no stopping that) and wrinkles showing up more. Had read previously that mammals 30% underweight live healthier longer lives. What would it be: wrinkles or healthier longer life? Easy for me to choose.
A year after starting on Fast Days, an article in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) mentioned that those health benefits did seem to be real, that people were crankier on fast days, but mentally just as capable.
Another article six months later in WSJ told that eating all food in an 8 to 10 hour window of the day, perhaps 10 a.m. and 6 p.m., seemed to provide some of same benefits, as body perhaps thought starving and needing to re-build so as to be smarter, stronger and faster if experiencing16 hours without food.
Husband had never completely joined the true Fast Days plan, but when reading about having first meal late and dinner early, he decided liked that idea, so he started doing that. I modified my eating to that plan, along with keeping one real Fast Day each week, having just small breakfast and small happy-hour foods on Thursday.
I think today, as walking up hill, that maybe friend is right, maybe could try to at least add some more calories by having a protein drink and handful of nuts each day. When I get the dog’s food prepared each morning, I’ll take the 30 gram Premier Protein drink (found at Costco) out of fridge, pour half into small glass and have with a handful of nuts. Then will have the other half later in mid-afternoon. That way will not overload body with protein, which I think read can be reason for kidney stones.
So much plus and minus information on protein amount needed. Latest study seems to show that over-65 can use more. I’d like if would make my skin stronger, as big white dog has given me a skin-tear on arm again, just by playfully putting her mouth on arm. Plus, Blue Zone centenarians in Loma Linda, CA, are big believers in half-cup of nuts each day.
I sit on highest rock on hill, thinking about new plan, watching as huge truck, tiny in distance, pulls away taking area crops to markets. Decide will accept being skinny, wiry, wrinkled old lady; be grateful is more peaceful at this stage of life to let others be beautiful.
Wonder again if yoga with meditations started the drive to eat healthier, then next started the desire to add 8-minute exercise routine twice a week, then next started motivation to add aerobics workout three times a week. I recall a friend who started doing my yoga with meditation routine just once or twice a week and told me recently about ending a toxic relationship; I’d told her I thought the courage to do that had come from starting the meditation. Am thinking now that maybe meditation done during yoga can be targeted to improving golf game, as goal is to get handicap into teens before reaching age 70. Will report on that progress later in summer!