I never worried about my weight until I reached my forties. I did, however, experience heart burn and digestive issues which eventually evolved into a stomach ulcer. I was prescribed different types of medications including antacids but none offered sustained relief. In my forties, I gradually began to add unwanted weight and by the time I was fifty, much of this excess weight had found a home around my belly. At my worst, I weighed 157 pounds (71 kilos), and wore a US size fourteen dress and headed towards a size 16. I also developed high blood pressure that required me to take prescription medications. At that point, I started seeing myself as vulnerable. I worried that I would not even make it to age 70, the age both of my parents passed away.
This is when I knew that something had to change. And it did. I decided to prioritize self-care. I knew that if I did not take care of myself, nobody else would. I also embarked on a personal journey to understand myself better. I returned to school to learn about wellness and how our food and lifestyle choices affect us physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I started applying what I learned and many of symptoms of my poor health started to go away. Knowing what to eat and what not, has made a big difference in how I feel. I rarely suffer from indigestion and I don't even remember the last time I took any antacids, all because I changed my diet. I made lifestyle changes as well, taking time to exercise, respecting my sleep needs and managing stress better.
These diet and lifestyle changes enabled me to reach a healthy weight. Currently, I weigh 130 pounds (59 kilos) and wear a US size four dress. I continue to learn about food and enjoy teaching others about the benefits of eating whole, unprocessed and local foods whenever possible. I grow my own vegetables and herbs when I can as well, and I cook my own meals most of the time. This allows me to establish the link between what I eat and how I feel afterwards. With the improvements I continue to experience, food has become my most trusted medicine.
The lessons I learned and the habits I developed taught me that we can revitalize our body and keep a healthy weight, even as we experience hormonal changes in midlife. In my book, Belly Fat in Midlife: Practical Steps to Revitalize Your Changing Body, I share the specific steps that I followed to lose excess weight and inches off my waistline in midlife. It is based on my personal experience and informed by health and wellness experts whose recommendations I have put into practice. The book covers three main areas: Mindset, Nutrition, and Lifestyle. These are the areas that women in midlife must pay attention to if they want to keep a healthy weight during this phase of their lives. Actually, what I suggest in the book can benefit women of any age, and for the most part can work for others who struggle with belly fat.
The book will provide you with the knowledge and practical tools you need to prevent excessive weight gain and the build-up of fat around the waistline. If you apply the practical steps the book recommends, you will enjoy a healthy and more balanced midlife. I welcome you on this journey. You will be happy you did. Your loved ones will be happy for you. I know my husband and our two boys are happy to see me in better and healthier shape than I was nearly fifteen years ago.
Rose Kadende-Kaiser, Ph.D.
Integrative Nutrition Health Coach,
Behavior Change Trainer and Author