Maintaining healthy nutrition throughout your life ensures your golden years are truly golden. However, nutritional requirements may change somewhat as you age. The body’s metabolism slows down as you get older, requiring fewer calories than it previously needed while still requiring essential nutrients.
It’s important to choose foods that provide the best nutritional value. Here are some healthy eating tips that take calorie intake into consideration while still loading up on beneficial nutrients.
Good Nutrition Habits
- Your diet should include a variety of nutrients – Eating a variety of foods ensures you get all the necessary nutrients you need. Your plate of food should look like a rainbow of sorts – foods of different, bright colors and types. Your plate should include:
- Lean proteins (Seafood, eggs, beans and lean meats)
- Fruits and vegetables (Any variety of orange, yellow, green or purple)
- Whole grains (Whole wheat bread and pasta and brown rice)
- Low-fat dairy (Milk and their alternatives)
- Always read nutrition labels – The healthiest foods for seniors can be found in the produce section, generally located on the perimeter of any supermarket. Frozen vegetables and meats may sound similar in theory, however, be aware many frozen foods may have high levels of sodium and other preservatives in them that aren’t as healthy for you as whole foods are.
- Nutrition labels also list recommended servings to closely follow. Follow these recommendations to avoid overeating, which will help you maintain your weight.
- Hydrate regularly – Hydration is one of the most important aspects of a nutritional diet and it also helps keep skin smooth and nourished. Drink water consistently throughout your day and limit the amount of alcoholic and caffeinated beverages you drink. Caffeination can increase urination frequency, causing you to lose fluids and become dehydrated. Also, keep salt and sugar intake to a minimum, unless you doctor suggests otherwise.
- Make use of the SNAP program – Eating healthy can be expensive but seniors may be eligible for a special food program called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), which gives seniors a stipend to spend on food each month. Applying for the program may enable you to purchase healthier food and maintain a healthier diet.
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