2 days ago I turned 45 and despite been in a lockdown in Sydney I am pretty content about ageing.
The reason I say this is because the older I get the more I realise ageing is not about an extra candle toy our cake, rather it is a feeling. I know it sounds a cliche right, but I am deadly serious.
I feel 100% younger now than I ever did when I was in my 20's. I am more flexible, stronger, more resilient and not afraid to speak my mind like I was in my younger years.
I remember always being told by my Grandmother that you are only as old as you feel, back then I didn't see it but now it is as clear as day!
Ageing is not a number, it is a feeling! And I know I would much rather feel how I feel now at 45 than how I felt at 25. My face may have had a few less laughter lines, but everything else feels so much more comfortable and content.
As a nutritionist and a now middle aged woman, my biggest observation is that many of us are doing the anti-aging thing wrong.
We are working from the outside in, rather than vice versa.
We buy expensive creams and miracle potions that promise the world, yet we forget that ageing starts from within.
What's more, when we approach slowing down the ageing process from within, the outside of our body, such as our skin and hair follows suit.
It sounds overly simple and it really is.
Every cell in our body is created based on the food we eat. The proteins and fats you consume provide the building blocks of your cells.
So it is logical that if you want to create cells that are strong and supple we need eat foods that support this. This is especially important for women as we grow older and our hormone levels start to dip and can impact how our cells renew and replenish. Feed your body with good healthy oils such as those in olive oil, avocado, fatty fish (have fish supplements if you can't manage fish). Make eating berries a part of your daily routine to mop up ageing antioxidants. Keep your gut healthy to prevent inflammation and allergies that impact your skin, by avoiding overly processed food, refined sugars and wheat. And drink water, like it is your body's best friend, because it is.
Conversely if we feed our bodies with substandard food, such as refined and processed food the cells our body are equally as substandard. This results in our tissues ageing prematurely and our body not been able to keep up as much as it should.
Opting for any anti inflammatory diet will make a huge impact on how your body ages. Inflammation cause our body to age prematurely, so along with anti inflammatory foods, activities that manage stress (which causes inflammation) such as exercise, meditation, listening to music and singing)
Here are my top 5 foods to include in your diet to slow down the ageing process and feel bloody amazing
Life exists because of water. So when water is in short supply everything system, organ and cell in your body suffers. Water is essential for helping our body flush out the toxic byproducts, yet when water is in short supply, these dangerous toxins have no way of getting out of the body and stay put, adding not only to the ageing process but also to cell death as cells struggle to function.
Aim for filter water at room temperature, not cold and still rather than bubbly which can interfere with bone health.
Berries are a great source of antioxidants, helping support ant aging and longevity.
Blueberries contain the powerful anti-aging antioxidant anthocyanin and contain both vitamins A and C that help slow reduce inflammation and slow down ageing.
Raw Nuts, ideally activated + Seeds
Seeds and nuts are contain a concoction of anti-aging ingredients, including powerful, inflammation busting omega 3s, to strengthen cell walls along with vitamin E which keeps the skin glowing and healthy.
Dark leafy veggies
Dark, leafy greens are the superstar veggies. These miracle veggies are loaded with disease fighting phytochemical. The chemicals mop up free radicals that can cause ageing.
All Lettuces, especially rocket
The bright pigmented foods are loaded with anti-aging antioxidants to fight ageing and disease. They also contain other anti-inflammatory compounds that may protect the sun from sun damage.
Green tea is loaded with vitamins in B and vitamin E, which are essential for skin health. Further green tea also contains an antioxidant that fights DNA damage from UV rays, thus helping to prevent again skin cancer and as a bonus reducing the ageing of our skin.
Getting nutrient rich foods like these into our diet doesn't have to be a struggle.
Pick 2 or 3 foods that you can add into your daily routine. A great game to play with your kids is to have them come up with ideas of how they can get these foods into their day. Helping you not only empower them for their future, but giving you few extra ideas to make them part of your daily routine too.
Yours in health and wellness