Why I Became A Vegetarian In My 60’s

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Diet and Exercise in My Younger Years

I wanted to share my journey to become a vegetarian. I am in the process of creating a FREE Nutrition course, so I wanted to share my own story first on why I changed to a healthy lifestyle.

When I was younger I could eat anything I wanted and stayed skinny and healthy. I ate fast food and junk food on a regular basis. Even though I didn’t eat healthily I was an exercise fanatic.

After I had my first son I started a regimen doing Jazzercise at least 5 days a week and contemplated becoming an instructor, but the finances weren’t there. When gyms became the trend I did that regularly.

Before I started eating healthy, I was having stomach cramps and diarrhea, regularly, feeling like I had IBS symptoms. Once I changed my eating habits that went away. Amazing how different you can feel when you eat the right foods!

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How Life Changed During Menopause

I stayed healthy for years, but when I went through menopause I became moody, gained over 25 lbs, and was not active. While I was going through this I found out I had developed hypertension, and the doctor found plaque build-up in my carotid arteries.

This is what caused my dad to have a heart attack and die before he was 64 years old! This scared me, so I started walking at least a mile a day and changed what I ate.

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My diet consisted of fresh vegetables, fruit, chicken once in a while, nuts, yogurt, oatmeal, whole-wheat pasta, salads, avocado sandwiches, no fast food or junk food, water, and tea. I would eat baby carrots and sliced-up peppers instead of chips. I rarely drank alcohol due to the high sugar content.

Within a couple of months, I was back to a normal weight and able to fit in my old clothes, and have been able to keep the weight off. I no longer had hypertension and within about a year the plaque on my arteries was gone! The doctors had mentioned that it took years to get that buildup. I had energy and my self-confidence back!

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Life since menopause and lifestyle change

Luckily, I have a lot of willpower and discipline, as when the holidays come around, you are tempted by all the food people bring to work, and when you go to other people’s homes, it is hard to find anything healthy to eat.

I started bringing my own food, as I didn’t want them to feel like they had to make something special for me. Potlucks I would bring a veggie tray.

Going out to eat was another challenge, but most restaurants have fresh vegetables as a side, so I can order brown rice, and add fruit when possible.

It is an adjustment, but as time has gone by, more healthy food is available as more people are changing their eating habits. I am a firm believer that what you ate when you were younger will have an effect on your health as you get older.

If you eat a well-balanced diet along with exercise you will have more energy and self-confidence and can reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.

Closing thoughts

Don’t wait for your body to start breaking down before you start eating right! Believe me, healthy food can taste good and still be filling. At times the damage can be reversed when you are putting the right foods with vitamins and minerals, and minimal amounts of good fats in your body!

If you want to learn more, look for the launch of my FREE Nutrition Course coming soon, to have 5 days to explore Good Nutrition! Look below for resources that might help you with better nutrition and exercise!

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11 thoughts on “Why I Became A Vegetarian In My 60’s

  1. Very informative post. As you, in my younger days I could eat anything. Now in pre-menopausal years hard to loose weight. Can’t wait to read your nutrition course.
    Count me in!

    1. Thank you Marianna for the nice comment, I appreciate the feedback! I will let you know when the course is ready and would love to have you as part of it!

  2. Hey Carol, so glad you read the post! I think if people hear from other people they trust and see the results they had, it is motivation for them to try it and see what results will happen for them. Thanks always for your support!

    1. Thank you Justine for your comment, I appreciate your feedback! The sooner you do it, the fewer problems you will have to deal with when you get older, in time your body takes a toll with all the bad stuff you put in it!

  3. I have been considering becoming a vegetarian, but want to know more. My manor pause is my young son, who is an extremely picky eater, but he also refuses all meat, so in some ways , he my biggest reason for looking into this lifestyle as well.

    1. Thank you, Kimberlie for the comment! I would love to tell you more, and in fact, I am getting ready to launch a FREE email nutrition course with Shellie Lynn as my affiliate that is filled with information on how to have a healthy lifestyle. My son was a picky eater too, but there are so many choices out there now to hopefully find something he likes and you know is good for him.

  4. Great article! As a fellow vegetarian, I love to hear success stories like yours because I know that eating healthy and meatless is a great way to sustainable long-term health. I used to suffer from IBS symptoms too and now…all gone. I haven’t entered the menopause stage yet, but hoping that eating vegetarian will ward off some of the negatives of it!

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