Retirees and Alcohol: Who's at Risk. About 12 percent of retirees temporarily increase their alcohol consumption to unhealthy levels around the time they leave their full-time jobs, according to a Finnish study in Addiction in March 2017. Most risky drinkers are men, smokers, and people who have depressive symptoms. Researchers surveyed nearly 6,000 people about their drinking habits before and after their retirement over an eight-year period. The increase in drinking peaked during retirement transition but declined to pre-retirement levels within four to eight years. The researchers suggest the stress of adapting to a major life transition like retirement may trigger a temporary increase in alcohol consumption in some people. Retirees are suddenly faced with more free time than they had while working. They may also find themselves isolated and without a social network after retirement. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, it’s not uncommon to develop a drinking problem driven by boredom after retirement. If you’re nearing retirement and haven’t yet given thought to your leisure-time plans, you might want to start thinking about what you can do to ward off potential boredom and stay connected.
When I was growing up in the 50s, we sat down and ate three meals every day. My Mom always made breakfast for the family. It would vary from hot porridge to dropped egg on toast to cereal and banana.
I didn’t realize at the time what a gift that was, along with the predictable lunch at mid-day and dinner around 6 pm. That schedule flipped a bit on the weekends, when we had our Sunday dinner in the middle of the day. But what was always a given was that we had three meals every day.
Fast forward to today. What is your eating lifestyle like? Unless you’ve stayed attentive to the routines of your youth, your eating habits may be quite different.
If they are, and you have gained unwanted pounds, the key to reversing weight gain may require you to return to your body’s early metabolic memory. If your metabolic memory is like mine, it will do best with a return to eating meals and not snacking.
Here’s how letting go of the grab and go can help with losing weight after 50.
How the Grab & Go Culture Impacts Weight
Our metabolic bodies evolve slowly. If your body first became accustomed to regular meals, and you try to change that to snacking, it may not feel quite right.
You may feel like you’re never quite satisfied. When that happens, it’s natural to seek out more of what feels missing and get into the habit of overeating.
It’s hard to go anywhere today and not have access to food. The office and shopping malls have their vending machines, food courts and break rooms.
The kitchen cabinets may have a ready supply of grab and go snacks. Waiting rooms and lobbies in hospitals, airports, subway stations and gas stations put food at your fingertips.
The problem with these food choices is that most of them offer only a few hundred calories and little or no nutrient value. When you get calories…