In mid-life the body responds differently to toxins can change. Foods which may have been enjoyed happily for decades can begin to generate unwelcome reactions such as trapped wind, indigestion and the symptoms of an irritable bowel such as increased rate of bowel motions, a feeling of bloating. These can contribute to the discomfort and inconvenience of a middle aged belly.
For me these symptoms arrived in my early fifties (peanut intolerance appeared in my fiftieth year.) I have learned a small number of methods to recognise the signs of these kinds of intolerances. In my own case I was further clued by a friend who works in health foods and supplements. To combat these issues I have made an adjustment in my own regimen, almost cutting out entirely processed sugar (and foods with processed sugar) starches (such as white potatoes, pasta and rice) grains such as wheat and corn, and dairy.
I allow myself a weekly dose of ice-cream for family movie night, but in place of starches or grains with meals, I have substituted alfalfa and cress, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin, and in place of sugary snacks I now snack on nuts and olives.
I also have added dandelion root and juniper berries to half of my water intake each day to support cleansing and processing of fats. This addition decreased my feelings of bloating immediately and the whole regime has taken off 2 kilos of excess weight within the first 3 weeks. As I continue to recognise food intolerances and monitor and adapt, for the benefit of my fellow middle-agers, I will continue to keep you posted.