Eating well is important at any age—but especially when we get older.
Your daily food intake can impact your health, your energy levels, and
your physical abilities. What you eat can dictate how you look and feel.
At LifeCare, we understand the importance of not just aging with grace,
but aging with health. Eating right plays a major role in this process!
Why Eat Well As You Age?
When you stick to a balanced diet of a broad range of foods, you can ensure
you get the proper mix of foods your body needs. A well-planned diet can
help combat the risk of stroke, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes,
heart disease, and even bone loss. Eating well can also give you the energy
to remain healthy and physically active, no matter your age. A balanced
diet promotes healthy bones, muscles, and organs!
You need to ensure you have a balance of the following nutrients:
Your food choices affect your weight, your energy, and your digestion.
However, eating right doesn’t mean simply getting on a new fad diet—you
have to adapt a healthy lifestyle to ensure you can maintain eating for
years to come.
What You Should Remove From Your Kitchen
What we put into our bodies has a big impact on what we get out of it!
When it comes to eating well as we age, it’s not just about a complex
diet plan or weight loss goals. It can be as simple as eliminating some
of the more dangerous food items from your kitchen.
Consider removing the following items from your kitchen / grocery list:
- Any item with high-fructose corn syrup on the label
- Any food with “hydrogenated” on the label
- Highly refined cooking oils
- Foods that include preservatives, coloring dyes, additives, etc.
- Artificial sweeteners
You should also aim to limit your salt intake and boost the amount of vegetables,
seafood, whole-grain bread, and fruits you eat vs. fried foods, chips,
white bread, or sweets. Drinking plenty of water can also be helpful to
your health. Cutting out soda, coffee, juice, and other surgery liquids
can make a big impact on your health. Lastly, consider using more herbs
and spices to add flavor vs. butter, salt, or other harmful ingredients.
As we age, our sense of smell and taste can change, so adding more herbs
and spices can boost that flavor you once used to enjoy.
Eating Well: It’s All About Balance
As we age, we must remember to
care about what we put in our body. It is also important to understand how
to eat well—not just what to eat. Knowing how much to eat in regards
to portions can be a major factor in healthy eating. Even something as
simple as varying the vegetables you eat can help you enjoy meals more.
With the proper balance, you can enjoy delicious, healthy meals that allow
you to age comfortably.
Check back in with the LifeCare blog for the next post on aging healthy in 2016.