This post, 5 Habits That Change As We Get Older, has been sponsored by Post® Great Grains®. As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Come laugh with me as we reminisce about the mistakes of our past and appreciate the wisdom that comes with age in exploring these 5 Habits That Change as We Get Older. From enjoying a nutritious breakfast with Post® Great Grains® Raisins, Dates & Pecans™ to finally nailing down that bedtime routine, chances are you can relate to at least one of these habits.
5 Habits That Change As We Get Older
If you’re anything like me, I am sure you find that the time is passing by quicker and quicker as we get older. We often catch ourselves saying “I can’t believe how fast they grow up” or “I can’t believe how much time has passed” over and over again.
And as much as it blows my mind to believe that I have a four-year-old son; that I will be thirty in a few years; and that I am no longer a child, a teenager, or even a young adult, I also embrace the good things that come with age.
Like a fine wine, I believe we all get better as we get older. We become wiser, more experienced, more patient and more kind. And if you’re like me, you will notice that you start to take care of your body a little bit better as you get older.
Without a doubt, my habits have changed drastically over the last ten years— as I am sure yours have, too. So, join me for a laugh as we reminisce about the horrible mistakes of our youth and appreciate the 5 Habits That Change as We Get Older.
#1 – Our Breakfast Choices
When I was in high school, my mom would force me out the door with a breakfast sandwich or a yogurt. I would roll my eyes, not realizing how lucky I was.
In college, coffee (and lots of it) was all I needed to power through my morning. I oftentimes skipped breakfast because “I wasn’t hungry” and would find myself hangry mid-afternoon.
Luckily, as I have gotten older, I have learned to appreciate the importance of a good breakfast—especially after I work out in the morning thanks to my new favorite cereal: Post® Great Grains® Raisins, Dates & Pecans™ featuring 20% more fruit now for a limited time.
I love the sweet and crunchy texture and flavor of this cereal, and I really love how it keeps me full all morning long.
I feel good knowing I am starting my day out with a cereal that has 31 grams of whole grains and is a good source of fiber with 5 grams per serving. Thanks to the whole grains and good fiber count, I feel good knowing I’ll be able to get through the day full and focused.
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#2 – Our Beverage Choices
It is true that I skipped breakfast and drank nothing but coffee for the majority of my waking hours when I was in college. As I have gotten older, I have realized that habit it truly not best for my body.
Now don’t get me wrong, you’ll never find me without a cup of coffee first thing in the morning, but I don’t drink it all day, every day like I used to for energy and performance.
I am a bit kinder to my body these days and understand that it needs more than just coffee to survive—so, along with my inclusion of a delicious breakfast like Post Great Grains Raisins, Dates & Pecans, I also back off the coffee and opt for my Honey, Lemon and Warm Ginger Water instead.
#3 – Our Leisurely Activity Choices
When I was younger, there was nothing I lived for more than going out my friends dancing all night long. Now that I am older with a family of my own, I live for the mornings that I can wake up early before anyone else and spend some time enjoying my favorite Post Great Grains Raisins, Dates & Pecans breakfast cereal and a hot cup of coffee alone.
I enjoy quiet, slow paced days out in my garden, and there is nothing more enjoyable than curling up with a good book before bed. I appreciate the stillness and flexibility that comes with living a happy & healthy holistic lifestyle.
I have officially turned into my mother, and I am perfectly okay with that.
#4 – Our Bedtime Routines
Nineteen-year-old me would have said “bedtime routine? That’s for old people.”
Well YUP, here I am, old and loving every second of my bedtime routine.
This one changed a lot after we had children. Bedtime routines are a necessity for creating routine and stability for our little ones. I have found that I actually really enjoy having a bed time routine for myself, too. It helps me to relax and unwind after a busy day.
Back in the old days, it would be a lucky night if I even washed my face before crawling into bed. These days, thankfully, my face gets lots of love and washing, and I take some time to turn off my electronics and relax with my son before bed. My routine is nothing fancy, but it is just what I need to feel peaceful, relaxed, and ready to enjoy a good night’s sleep.
#5 – Our Willingness to Be Patient
This has likely been the biggest change I have seen in myself as I have gotten older. When I was younger, I had no patience. Everything needed to be done now, now, now, and I couldn’t understand that patience truly is a virtue.
Thankfully, after having kids and a good shot at adulting for the past five years, I have learned that patience is not only a virtue but it is necessary to have a peaceful and productive life. Do I still catch myself being impatient at times? Absolutely.
But I also know that I am a constant work in progress. When I look back at how far I’ve come, I can appreciate all of the struggles and mistakes that it took me to get to where I am today. It makes me excited to look back again in a few years to see how far I’ve come again.
Because we are all just works in progress, we are all just trying to do our best, and we are all constantly evolving and changing our habits as we get older.
Welcome! I’m Emily Kyle, a nationally recognized media registered dietitian nutritionist & holistic cannabis practitioner providing holistic health care for those living with autoimmune and inflammatory conditions. To help you, I offer food sensitivity testing, cannabis education, and this blog which provides free resources including anti-inflammatory recipes, holistic health, wellness and nutrition related articles, and evidence-based cannabis education.