It occurred to me recently that we should think about tweaking our diet in light of the fact that our lifestyle has changed since we moved off our yacht “Reliance”. Chris and I have noticed that we aren’t as fit as we used to be and it seems harder now to keep the weight off.
Cut down on the Calories
We have already modified our diet so that we don’t eat as much bread and we have cut out the wine and cheese habit that we had at 5 pm every day! This is a habit that is easily formed when entertaining and being entertained on cruising boats.
Tweaking our diet has made a difference but we aren’t burning enough calories with physical exercise as we used to.
Keep Up The Exercise
Our houseboat is all on one level so there are no steps to climb. On board Reliance we had 6 steps down into the saloon which we ran up and down all day.
We needed to haul the dinghy up and down in the davits every time we went ashore, then, haul it up the beach if there was an incoming tide.
We didn’t have a car and walked everywhere. It probably isn’t surprising then that without all that exercise, we feel a bit sluggish and out of shape.
Recently I wrote a blog about thinning hair and although I am still massaging oil into my scalp I have also started taking cod liver oil as a supplement.
I take a teaspoon a day and although it is pretty disgusting it is a pure product without any additives so I prefer it to capsules.
We have always maintained that you should only take supplements if your diet is deficient. As we don’t eat enough fish then a fish supplement is right for us.
Most fish is expensive and pretty bland, plus we worry about the environmental issues such as all the plastic and waste in the oceans.
The Japanese have very thick hair because they eat so much fish and seaweed. I have thought about seaweed supplements but have never got around to trying it. I know that you can actually eat seaweed but I think that is a bit too much like mushrooms, dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing. A bit too adventurous for me I”m afraid!
Fruit & Vegetables
We have plenty of fruit and vegetables in our diet but I have to admit it is pretty much the same most of the time. We have fresh fruit with our breakfast. Apple, grapes and a date with cheese and nuts lunch.
Tweaking Our Diet
After deciding that tweaking our diet might be a good idea, we have made a few changes.
Having read good things about coconut oil, I have now started taking a teaspoon a day for my skin and nails. Our daughter Beccy says it is great and uses it on her skin regularly.
Chris and I have started eating two savory biscuits spread with Vegemite every day. We used to eat Vegemite on toast regularly until we gave up eating so much bread. Since we walk every morning before breakfast, we have the biscuits just before we go for our walk.
Vegemite is a yeast extract and a very good source of brewers yeast. This contains the B vitamins as well as Thiamine, Riboflavin and Niacin.
According to the “ National Institutes of Health” the recommended dose increases with age. We could take B supplements but a couple of Vegemite biscuits a day seems a simple solution.
The benefits of Brewers Yeast are extensive and include.
- Supporting brain function
- Maintaining healthy blood vessels
- Promotes a healthy nervous system
- Lowers stress levels
- Vitamin B6 also maintains healthy hair and nails which is a big plus as far as I’m concerned.
Of course Chris doesn’t worry about this hair thing, he still has most of his and since his mother died at 95 with a thick head of hair it is likely he will be the same. Alright for some!!
We still have gelatin every day. Gelatin is almost the same as collagen and a great deal less expensive. I wrote about this in “The Benefits of Collagen.” Collagen is taken to help our joints, build cartilage and is good for hair, nails and skin.
Although we use eggs in cooking we now make an effort to have eggs for breakfast at least twice a week; usually boiled or poached.
Eggs are very nutritious, they contain:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B5
- Vitamin B12
- Vitamin B2
- Vitamin B6
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
Being retired means we have the time to sit down and enjoy our food, especially breakfast. When we were working meals were always rushed affairs.
Tweaking our diet has reminded me how important it is to make sure that the food we eat is providing us with the right nutrition.