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From: Marie (
Subject:         adapting to midlife metabolic slowdown
Date: October 2, 2007 at 5:55 am PST

well, just got back from the 25-year college reunion. Although it would be fun to congratulate myself on being the only one who didn't get really fat, the fact is, just in the last 3-4 months I've noticed a bit more chub where there never was any before. I've always had the metabolism of a gerbil and could eat anything and stay rail-thin. Now, although the scale still says the same numbers, I notice a definite fiftyish droop to my body. Not huge, I still wear the same size clothes I did 25 years ago - mostly-...but the stomach isn't flat, the waist a little soft, the hipbones are slowly disappearing, and i know if I don't do something now I'll be waddling to the next reunion.
so....the fun's over, it's time to cut back like every other woman my age. Now: how do I figure out what I need to cut? everyone else in my office just does black coffee and perhaps an energy bar for breakfast, a bar or a yogurt for lunch, maybe grilled chicken and salad for dinner. First, I'm vegan, which cuts out the yogurt and chicken. Second, although I know the PB&J at lunch has to go, I doubt if I can go all day on a 100 calorie yogurt-substitute snack. Do I eat lunch and skip dinner instead? How do I make the switch to a middle-aged diet, vegan style?

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