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Forget diets – how to eat healthier after 50

May 4, 2022
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Are you forever going on diets? Trying all the latest fads? What is really right for you?

In this week’s Women Living Well After 50 podcast, my guest Wendy Hodge, from Wendy’s Way to Health discusses why we need to forget the fad diets and learn to eat healthier after 50.

Don’t go on another diet – change your regular diet instead and make healthy eating doable

During the conversation we discussed:

  1. We all have good intentions of making healthier food choices but life gets in the way and it all just becomes too hard so we reach for the fast and convenient. Ways to overcome reaching for fast and convenient instead of healthier options.
  2. During COVID we saw fresh produce at a premium price and low stock.  Ways to ensure we are getting the right nutrients.   Frozen veggies vs Fresh
  3. What does ‘mindful’ eating and the 80/20 rule exactly mean?
  4. What is Intermittent Fasting? 
  5. Why having a recipe library is so helpful
  6. Wendy’s program

Listen to the Podcast

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Take the healthy eating quiz here:

Meet Wendy

Wendy's Way to Health

Wendy is the founder of Wendy’s Way to Health and the brand-new Online healthy recipe club. She’s a Precision Nutrition certified coach, helping women quit dieting and develop a healthier everyday lifestyle instead.
 Wendy believes that healthy eating is still widely misunderstood as something that requires sacrificing your favourite foods and dedicating yourself to a life of eating boring meals made with bland tasting ingredients.
 And she wants you to know that while that may have been the case in the past, today that’s just not true! You don’t need to count calories, cut out entire food groups or deprive yourself of your favourite treats.
 She’s been developing healthier versions of her favourite snacks and treats over the last 10 years, and you’ll find the latest versions on the Wendy’s Way blog.

If the mention of meal prep and planning makes you roll your eyes, but secretly you’d love to be more organised, then make sure you check out Wendy’s Meal planning magic kit.

It has 6 months worth of recipes in 6 individual recipe packs. Each pack has a done-for-you meal plan you can follow if you’re short on time, complete with shopping list and blank templates to create your own.
Wendy’s meal plans are designed for real life, to keep you motivated to eat mostly healthy foods, while including treats, meals out , takeaways, etc.
There are also themed recipe packs available in the digital store
Wendy’s newest project is the Online healthy recipe club – a monthly membership giving you 20 new recipes every month, along with access to cooking videos, a recipe back catalogue and a resource library inside the membership portal. Click on the button below to learn more about the Recipe Club and a special offer for WLWA50 readers. 

Free “traffic light” guide: how to include your favourite treats and junk food into a healthy eating plan. Click on the link below


Will you take the healthy eating Quiz?

Sue Loncaric

I’m joining Donna from Retirement Reflections and Deb, The Widow Badass, for their What’s On Your Plate? Link Up.

Why not pop over to see what is on their plate for this month?

whats on your plate blog challenge

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  • Reply leannelc May 4, 2022 at 18:53

    Hi Sue – we were lucky in WA with the stock of fresh food (besides mince and a couple of other random foods!) I rarely follow recipes these days with cooking for the two of us – it’s usually something protein based and then lots of salad in summer or vegies in winter. I’ll never be on Master Chef! But I’m also very aware of how important it is to eat healthy foods and keep the calories under control now I’m in Midlife.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 5, 2022 at 08:47

      Hi Leanne, you don’t need to be a Masterchef and sometimes just sticking to the basics is all you need – protein to maintain muscle mass and strong bones and fruit and veggies for our vitamins and nutrients. You sound like you have a good eating plan in place to stay healthy. x

  • Reply Retirement Reflections May 5, 2022 at 03:02

    Hi, Sue (and Wendy) – This is a great post and a great podcast. I love all of the services and inspiration offered. I just took Wendy’s test and received this result: “You’re a healthy habits Ninja.” Thank you both for the morning boost and affirmation!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 5, 2022 at 08:48

      I knew you would be a Healthy Habits, Ninja, Donna you don’t have any problems in that area at all. x

  • Reply Jo May 5, 2022 at 07:56

    I always score so well on the theory of those quizzes – it’s not so much a lack of knowledge (in fact, very much the opposite) but more a head thing with me. I self sabotage amazingly well – so well, in fact, that it could be termed a super power of mine. I must say though, I’ve been trialling a combo of med style with time restricted eating ie 16:8, and it helps – until I decide that possibly it could be working so therefore I really need to do the exact opposite again. It truly is a head game.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 5, 2022 at 08:50

      Hi Jo, I agree, we tend to know what to do but sometimes it is easier said than done. I’ve been naturally a 16:8 person before I knew it was an actual way of eating. We just have to do what is right for us and that just means consistent healthy food choices with the occasional treat thrown in. x

  • Reply Bernadette May 5, 2022 at 20:56

    Great information.

  • Reply Natalie May 8, 2022 at 00:10

    Hi Sue, Thank you for sharing this useful information with #weekendcoffeeshare. I love how Wendy keeps her recipes simple. I took Wendy’s quiz and received this result “You’re a healthy habits Ninja”. Even though I’m pleased with the affirmation, I know it’s an ongoing process to keep the good habits. Have a great week!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 9, 2022 at 09:36

      I knew you would be a Ninja, Natalie! Have a great week. x

  • Reply Debbie May 12, 2022 at 18:32

    Thanks for this information Sue, I look forward to listening to your podcast with Wendy 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric May 13, 2022 at 08:16

      Hi Deb, Wendy’s program is great for those who aren’t sure what healthy recipes to make. I hope it goes well for her. x

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