Trying to balance the demands of family and work or school—and also cope with media pressure to look and eat a certain way—can make it difficult for any woman to maintain a healthy diet. But the right food can not only improve your mood, boost your energy, and help you maintain a healthy weight, it can also support you through the different stages in a woman’s life.
As women, many of us are frequently prone to neglecting our own dietary needs. You may feel that you are too busy to eat well or used to putting the needs of your family before your own. Or perhaps you are trying to stick to an extreme diet that leaves you short on vital nutrients and feeling cranky, hungry, and low on energy. Women have unique nutritional needs.
As children, boys’ and girls’ dietary needs are largely similar. But when puberty begins, women start to develop unique nutritional requirements. And as we age and our bodies go through more physical and hormonal changes, so our nutritional needs continue to evolve, making it important that our diets evolve to meet these changing needs. Hormonal changes associated with menstruation, child-bearing, and menopause mean that women have a higher risk of anemia, weakened bones, and osteoporosis, requiring a higher intake of nutrients such as iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin D, and vitamin B9 (folate).