Do you remember when a tall, thick ice cream sundae and apple pie was the perfect treat during the middle of the day? That sounds good, but let’s face it, like everything else, our diet changes as we age.
Eating well is vital for everyone of all ages. Whatever your age, your daily food choices can make an important difference in your health and in how you look and feel.
For instance, eating well may reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, bone loss, some kinds of cancer, and anemia. If you already have one or more of these chronic diseases, eating well and being physically active may help you better manage them. Healthy eating may also help you reduce high blood pressure, lower high cholesterol, and manage diabetes.
Eating well gives you the nutrients needed to keep your muscles, bones, organs, and other parts of your body healthy throughout your life. These nutrients include vitamins, minerals, protein, carbohydrates, fats, and water.
Healthy fats can be found in seeds, nuts, avocados and fish. We all need fiber as we age and brown rice, whole grain cereals are much better choices for us and make sure to ‘rough up’ your diet. Raw fruits and vegetables and whole grains can cut down on constipation, provide vitamins, minerals, fiber and nutrients that you need in healthy aging. Getting good protein is as simple as adding beans, eggs, chicken and fish to your dinner plate. Adding garlic to your diet can also help reduce blood pressure.
Change is never easy so start with small steps, making one change at a time. For instance, you might take the salt shaker off your table, decreasing your salt intake will allow you to adjust. Switch to whole grain bread, seafood or more veggies and fruits.
We hear it all the time, but water is key. Water can do so many positive things for our bodies including a trick I learned about drinking water. It’s easier to drink water that is NOT ice cold. If you have a specific medical condition, check with your doctor about foods that should be part of your daily diet.
Remember, a healthy lifestyle you can adopt now and stay with now, will result in a healthy life in the years to come.