Health & Wellness Over 50 & Thriving Series

Thriving by Taking Care of the ‘Now You’ and the ‘Future You’

April 3, 2019

When I received the contribution from my next Guest in the Over 50 & Thriving Series, I immediately loved the title! Everything about the title fits with my philosophy because if we don’t take care of the ‘Now You’ what hope is there for the ‘Future You’?

Jean from Delightful Repast is my guest this week and I have to admit that I know her for her delicious recipes that she posts. However, her contribution for Thriving Over 50 made me realise that Jean and I think the same way when it comes to the word ‘diet’ in relation to losing weight.

You can connect with Jean through the links to her website and social media at the end of her post

Thriving by Taking Care of the ‘Now You’ and the ‘Future You’

Are you tired of losing and regaining those same excess pounds over and over again in an endless loop?

Are you losing faith in “the next big thing” in diets that seem to spring up every week?

Have you just about given up?


Because diets don’t work. You will never get permanent results from temporary diets. Age 50 is a real milestone for women, time to get down to business. Even if you’re well past 50, it’s never too late to improve your health.

Even if weight is not an issue and you have no current health problems, you may need to make changes for the sake of the Future You. I firmly believe what Hippocrates said more than two millennia ago, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.”

I’m a food blogger and excellent baker, if I do say so myself, so you can be sure I love food and have not adopted some extreme “diet” that deprives me of entire food groups or the foods I’ve loved all my life. I strive for a healthy way of eating that is sustainable for life.


Two Keys to Over 50 & Thriving: Eat Right and Get Moving

Age 50 is a wakeup call for many of us because we realize we’re not going to be young forever. If we’re going to avoid frailty and keep our mobility in the decades ahead, we have to get serious about eating right and getting regular weight-bearing and other exercise.

Physical inactivity at this stage can result in disability or frailty in later life. It’s the ideal time to begin, or continue, strength training to slow down these effects for the Future You. And it’s time to stop jumping on (and off) every diet bandwagon that rolls down the road.

There are all kinds of diets out there (why wouldn’t there be, people are making billions of dollars off them)—diets where you eat nothing but plants, or nothing but meat, or no “white” foods, or no carbohydrates, or no fats, or no fruit; diets where you count calories or macros or consume only a “system’s” expensive packaged products.

It doesn’t have to be that complicated. Or that time-consuming and annoying. Or that expensive. In fact, my way of eating is none of those things. Four of my top five health recommendations cost nothing at all.

My Top Five Health Recommendations

1.Never consume more than 6 teaspoons (24 grams) of sugar in a day, while never ingesting artificial sweeteners or high fructose corn syrup. Your sugar cravings will magically disappear in short order. I’ve been doing this for several years and will never stop. The details are here: Sugar–Toxin or Treat

2. Look into 16:8 Intermittent Fasting.

It has numerous health benefits and will result in natural and sustainable weight (fat) loss without giving up your favorite foods or restricting calories, carbs or fat. I’ve been doing it for a year and will do it for the rest of my life. The details are here: Intermittent Fasting 16/8–It’s Not Just What You Eat, But When You Eat.

Note: Don’t skip these links. These are two easy lifestyle changes that are sustainable for a lifetime. They take willpower out of the equation. You will never “diet” again.

3. Determine what supplements you need to be taking and take them every day. One supplement I added to my arsenal last year is Vitamin K-2 (MK-7), which prevents calcium from going where it shouldn’t, like your arteries and kidneys, and directs it to where it needs to go, your bones and teeth.

4. Exercise daily. Walking is ideal, but you also need strength training and stretching. I work out solo, but if you prefer working out with others, join a gym or class. In the US, some insurance plans provide free fitness programs.

5. Never take a drug or have a medical procedure for anything that can be treated by a lifestyle change. Save the “big guns,” with all their risks and side effects, for problems you can’t fix yourself.

In Conclusion

It’s easy to say “I don’t have the time to exercise” or “I don’t have the money to eat well and take supplements.” But if we don’t find the time and money now to build health, sooner or later we’ll have to find the time and money to treat illness. Take care of Now You, and the Future You will thank you!

Meet Jean

now youJean started Delightful Repast in February 2010 to share her favorite comfort foods. Though she’s an omnivore, recipes she’s developed include gluten-free, nondairy, vegan and vegetarian as well as dishes that reflect her heritage (half English, half Southern) and eclectic tastes. She also likes to slip in health and wellness tips now and then.

Connect with Jean




If you are Over 50 and would like to contribute to the Over 50 & Thriving Series, I would love to hear from you. Send me an email at and I can provide more details. Click here to catch up on my previous guests in Over 50 & Thriving Series Or you can subscribe here so you never miss a post and receive a FREE Copy of my latest e-book ’10 ways to start Thriving today’! Don’t forget to post your Instagram photos using the hashtag #over50andthriving.

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  • Reply Retirement Reflections April 4, 2019 at 00:26

    Nice to see you here, Jean. Recently my husband and I upgraded our daily diet for both health and environmental reasons. It’s so true that cravings (especially for sugar) disappear in short order. I agree that “eating healthy” does not mean giving up all the foods that we once loved, it simply means making wise, balanced choices.

    • Reply Jean | Delightful Repast April 4, 2019 at 00:50

      Thank you. Nice to be here! I’ve been enjoying Sue’s unique blog for a long time. Yes, I agree, it’s about ‘making wise, balanced choices.’ There’s a huge difference between a chemical-laden, commercially produced cookie, for example, and one homemade from organic, sustainable, wholesome ingredients.

  • Reply Joanne Tracey April 4, 2019 at 08:01

    Some great tips here. I don’t believe in diets per se and gave up sugar and added sugar & artificial sugar many years ago as a way of controlling the symptoms of PCOS. I and, however, overweight so am experimenting a tad with 5:2 at the moment, but given that I’m a habit type of girl think that 16:8 might suit me better. The jury is still out, but the research is sound.

  • Reply Jean | Delightful Repast April 4, 2019 at 08:10

    Thank you, Joanne. I’m sure some people do well on the 5:2, but I know I wouldn’t. I need to have a daily routine (guess I’m “a habit type of girl,” too), and I’ve found my chosen 16:8 hours to be ideal for me. I didn’t set out to lose any weight, but “accidentally” lost about 10 pounds on it. Wishing you all the best.

  • Reply Min @ Write of the Middle April 4, 2019 at 09:45

    Nice to meet you Jean and I agree that diets don’t work. It’s all about creating a healthy lifestyle that is sustainable. I’m doing well in a lot of areas but there is always room for improvement! #TeamLovinLife

  • Reply Jean | Delightful Repast April 4, 2019 at 11:56

    Nice to meet *you*, Min. Thanks so much. Yes, there’s always room for improvement. Always on the lookout for ways to fine-tune.

  • Reply candy April 4, 2019 at 13:13

    I received that call. Was on high blood pressure medicine and thyroid medicine. After losing 30 pounds I am off all medicine and feeling so much better. Walking, eating better and enjoying life.

    • Reply Jean | Delightful Repast April 4, 2019 at 14:14

      Candy, congratulations! Such a success story is encouraging for us all!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 7, 2019 at 08:29

      Well done Candy! Sometimes we need a scare to motivate us to make things happen. Congratulations on doing so well with the weight loss and removing the medication. Very inspiring! x

  • Reply Janet Mary Cobb April 4, 2019 at 13:40

    Great post, Jean. Never been a dieter – but sugar is my downfall. Thanks for the encouragement.

  • Reply Jean | Delightful Repast April 4, 2019 at 14:10

    Candy, congratulations! Such a success story is encouraging for us all!

  • Reply Chrissy Townsend April 4, 2019 at 15:27

    Truly enjoyed this. I needed some of this advice.

  • Reply Mrs. Sarah Coller April 5, 2019 at 04:09

    I’ll be 40 in October but still found ALL of this very helpful. Thank you!! And thanks for linking up at The Homemaking Party!

    • Reply Jean | Delightful Repast April 5, 2019 at 06:06

      Thank you so much, Sarah. The sooner the better, so 40, 39, whatever–50 comes up pretty quick after that!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 7, 2019 at 08:27

      Hi Sarah, it is never too early or late to start making healthier lifestyle choices. Thanks for stopping by to comment and have a great weekend. x

  • Reply Deborah April 5, 2019 at 09:33

    Some great tips here. I keep thinking I should try the 16/8hr eating option as I’m never really hungry in the morning so could easily go without anything until lunchtime.

    And as for the exercise it’s definitely something I need to work on!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 7, 2019 at 08:28

      Hi Deb, I don’t usually feel hungry in the mornings and probably don’t start eating until around 9am. It is hard to get going with the exercise but I think the secret is to find some kind of activity you enjoy and just do that. It makes all the difference. x

  • Reply Jean | Delightful Repast April 5, 2019 at 10:20

    Deborah, thank you. I hope you’ll try the 16/8. It is truly easy. I’m up for 4 hours or so before I have anything more than black tea, and it’s totally painless! Let me know how it goes.

  • Reply Candi Randolph April 5, 2019 at 20:40

    Hi Sue and Jean, I am standing up and doing cheers after reading this article, because it reflects what I write about in my blog and how I strive to live. I haven’t gone with intermittent fasting yet, although both of my kids do this and are very happy with how it works for them. You are so right, Jean, that if we don’t incorporate a healthy way of eating and keeping ourselves active and fit as we age, we will pay the price eventually!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 7, 2019 at 08:26

      Hi Candi, I’m happy that there are many of us Over 60s leading the way and being role models in the areas of keeping healthy and active. I haven’t tried the intermittent fasting either I’m more about making healthier food choices most of the time and my running, yoga and workouts help. Have a great weekend and pleased you enjoyed Jean’s post. x

  • Reply Jean | Delightful Repast April 6, 2019 at 00:48

    Candi, thanks so much. I’ll definitely visit your blog on my next break. It’s always encouraging to see what others are doing in this fine fight!

  • Reply Debbie April 6, 2019 at 13:39

    Lovely to meet you here Jean, and you’re right Sue this guest post fits in perfectly with your blog! Thanks for sharing these tips, it’s always good to hear of how others in our age bracket are managing with food and exercise. Everybody is different and this just shows a few ways we can make better choices for us in the future 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 7, 2019 at 08:20

      Hi Deb, I was pleasantly surprised when I read Jean’s contribution. I had known of her for her recipe ideas but didn’t realise her healthy lifestyle ideas. I was very happy to have her as a guest during #ActiveApril as it was such a great fit.

  • Reply Jean | Delightful Repast April 6, 2019 at 23:27

    Debbie, thank you. Lovely to meet you. And, yes, it really is all about making better choices!

  • Reply Leslie April 7, 2019 at 02:17

    I’m a “woman of a certain age” and these are great tips for staying healthy. I also believe in making lifestyle changes before resorting to drugs and medical procedures.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 7, 2019 at 08:18

      Hi Leslie, I think Jean presented a very well rounded post on tips we can implement now to help us as we age. I like her idea of still enjoying life though because I don’t want to live on lettuce leaves 24/7 🙂

  • Reply Jean | Delightful Repast April 7, 2019 at 02:27

    Thank you, Leslie. Lifestyle changes are definitely the way to go. Your gluten-free cauliflower dish looks amazing, BTW!

  • Reply April J Harris April 9, 2019 at 20:26

    Sue and Jean, I really enjoyed this post! Jean shares some really solid advice. It’s true, you really do have to be mindful of the fact that there are things you can do to improve how you will feel both now and in the future. I’m 53 now and being more active and eating a healthier diet in the last four years has completely transformed my body, health and life. I’m now fitter and stronger than I was in my thirties (and possibly before!) Thank you so much for sharing this with the Hearth and Soul Link Party!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 11, 2019 at 08:34

      Thank you April and I found so much information in Jean’s post. I thought she was mainly writing about recipes but she changed my mind quick smart. I think we all learn as we age that we have to look after our health if we want to be fit and active in later life. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by to comment. x

  • Reply Kathleen - Bloggers Lifestyle April 9, 2019 at 20:52

    Hi Sue and Jean, I absolutely endorse your five health recommendations. I try to follow all of them and I am very pleased with the results. The Blogger’s Pit Stop will FEATURE this post to expose it to more blogger’s who are looking for a healthy lifestyle.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 11, 2019 at 08:34

      Thanks Kathleen, I’m sure Jean will be thrilled also. It was a very informative post and was very well received on the blog. Hope you are keeping well. xx

  • Reply Kate April 9, 2019 at 22:05

    Great to find a post on this topic with new information to me. So vital that as we hit middle age we really start taking our wellbeing very seriously indeed especially as humans live so much longer on average these days #GlobalBlogging

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 11, 2019 at 08:35

      Hi Kate, Midlife is the beginning of so many new things and also the realisation that our health and well being is important if we want to be fit and active later in life.

  • Reply Jean | Delightful Repast April 10, 2019 at 02:13

    April, I know you’ve been on the path for a while, and it shows–you are vibrant! Thank you for hosting #HearthAndSoul. Just had to share this post there!

  • Reply Jean | Delightful Repast April 10, 2019 at 02:16

    Kathleen, it’s always so encouraging to me to see your progress and read about how you take care of yourself. Thanks so much for featuring this post at #BloggersPitStop.

  • Reply Jean | Delightful Repast April 10, 2019 at 02:22

    Kate, thank you. Love your current post about depression at Kate on Thin Ice. It’s such a prevalent problem now and one that can be helped from many angles, including nutrition and exercise. So glad you found this post useful.

  • Reply Lori Hill April 11, 2019 at 11:38

    Such great advice! It provided me with some much needed motivation today!! Thanks for sharing at #BloggingGrandmotgersLinkParty

    • Reply Jean | Delightful Repast April 11, 2019 at 12:43

      Lori, thank you! I’m so glad you found it helpful. With busy lives (and, in your case, a big family!), we all have days when we need a little extra motivation to take the time to take care of ourselves.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2019 at 13:42

      It is always good to find moitvation isn’t it, Lori? have a great weekend.

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