First Step to Fitness at Any Age: Persevering without Preservatives

First step to Fitness for Any Age: Persevering without Preservatives

When you hit forty, a plethora of bodily function expirations come due.  Suddenly you need glasses. Then your body’s thermoregulation goes out the window – sometimes you want to toss your shirt, and well, all of your clothing along with it. Your joints begin to creak and pop. The dryer adds to your body’s dysfunctionality by shrinking all of your clothes.Expired-SS-Post-thumb-615x300-74166

Wait. That’s not the dryer. It’s your metabolism coming to a screeching halt.

I know, you twentiers are sitting there saying, “Exactly what part of this can help me?” When I was twenty, I worked closely with a dietician named John. I wish I knew where John was now. I’d tell him how right he was! You see, John used to fuss at me about all the preservatives I stuffed into my body. I’d laugh and say, “This body is being perfectly preserved by all these preservatives.”


I was wrong!

I am a Registered Nurse with over a quarter of a century’s experience in health care, but I am not a dietician or nutritionist. What I am is a woman who has tried and tested almost every weight loss method in existence. I spent many moons running up that down escalator an  have experienced brief periods of success. But each time it was only through extreme measures. Here are a few:

  • 1000 calorie a day diets – Enter Hangry (hungry and angry) woman
  • Low carb / high protein diets – could have killed my kidneys!!!!
  • Various diet supplements including Garcinia
  • Metabolism boosters
  • Prepackaged frozen diet meals
  • Diets that dictated exactly what food to eat when and where and how….
  • Various exercise videos
  • One or more hours in the gym daily, plus running long distances
  • Hiking long, tall mountains (which is something I actually enjoy, but isn’t the most efficient weight loss program)
  • The list goes on.

Bottom line. None of these things lasted! Sure I lost weight, but I was miserable. I was Hangry, or envying other people’s food. The pills made me jittery and shaky (which is never good when you’re starting an IV). I struggled to keep up with those rigorous exercise routines.

And then about a year ago, I started to learn about clean eating. Insert I told you so from John, here.IMG_5258

Food is fuel. Your body breaks it down and sends it off to do a specific job. When you give your body something it doesn’t know what to do with–like excessive amounts of sugar, simple carbs (like pasta and bread), and preservatives–then your body just packs that away for future use. The fat manufacturers in your stomach, thighs, butt and back of the arms all kick into high gear. And before you know it, your belly is sitting on your lap.

When you follow a clean balanced diet, your body gets what it needs. No more confused, stuffing of unknown and excessive substance to those problem areas.

The first step to clean eating is to eliminate all those preservatives from your grocery list.

  • Shift your shopping pattern to the outside aisles of the store – this is where the fruits, vegetables, dairy and meats are.
  • Then head down the frozen vegetable and fruit aisles. You do need to read labels here, because some frozen fruits have added sugar and some vegetables have been partially prepared.
  • Do go down the spice aisle. Clean eating does not mean bland eating. I use lots of Mrs. Dash, but you can use any spice you’d like. Also get unprocessed sea salt like Celtic sea salt.
  • Do go down the Oil aisle – but not for vegetable oil. Instead choose Olive oil, coconut oil and avocado oil.
  • Do not go down the soda aisle…. I know. It’s hard
  • Do not go to fast food restaurants
  • Until you’ve really mastered a clean diet, it’s best to avoid eating out in the beginning
  • Drink water. Lots of it. You should pee clear pee!

Clean eating is only a first step to wellness and I know it’s huge! But start here. In my next post I’ll talk about avoiding blood sugar/ insulin spikes.

Here’s a before and after photo for you!  Hope this inspires you!

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Teri Lee is a Registered Nurse working in the ER, Beachbody coach, & Author of Troubled Spirits a young adult paranormal novel. You can follow her on facebook for more fitness tips at





Author: terileeauthor

I weave fantasies, save lives, rescue splinters, destroy dinners and explore the universe (at least the parts I can get to on foot). I blog about books, the writing process, ER nursing and the outdoors. Under no circumstance should you trust anything I write about kitchen related activities!

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