In today’s information age we are inundated with material on what to eat and what not to eat. This can be confusing for seniors with changing dietary needs due to advancing age or illness. As we age, many changes to our bodies occur that can impact our nutritional status.
Here are some suggestions to help you eat better and live happier:
- The Modified Food Pyramid for Older Adults suggests regular daily exercise is crucial to maintain a healthy body and mind.
- Drink 6-8 glasses of water a day. Note: Caffeinated drinks can increase urination, requiring you to drink more water to stay hydrated.
- Consume five ounces of lean protein a day. An increase in protein may be necessary if you are sick or healing from wounds.
- Eat a wide variety of fruits and veggies of every color three times a day.
- Low-fat dairy and low-saturated oils are great for a healthy heart.
- Eat whole grains daily: whole-wheat flour, oatmeal, whole cornmeal, brown rice.
- Instead of adding butter or cheese to foods, try using spices to increase flavor.
- Adjust your caloric intake based on your activity level. Increase your calories if you are ill or healing wounds.
- Take dietary supplements as advised by your doctor.
Maintaining a proper healthy diet will help you and your loved ones live longer, stronger, healthier lives.