There’s a saying that “nothing tastes as good as being healthy feels.” It suggests what health experts have known for decades: that proper nutrition is directly linked to increased energy, heightened mood and attitude, and overall improved wellness.
Still, life moves fast and it’s not always easy to get in all the required foods. That’s why it’s best to plan ahead of time to make the most out of every hour. Use this advice to maximize daily nutrition:
Keep Energy Levels High
Many people start their day with a super-sized mug of coffee. Others log three or four cups before lunchtime. Some people think that might be counterproductive.
For example, researchers at Harvard Medical School say smaller doses of caffeine (about a quarter cup an hour) are more effective at maintaining alertness than consuming large amounts at once. In addition, health experts say tea does a better job at slowly releasing caffeine, which helps you maintain a consistent focus throughout the day.
Coupling protein with complex carbohydrates is also essential. Many people today avoid ‘carbs’ for fear they contribute to weight gain. However, when consumed in appropriate amounts along with a healthy source of protein, carbohydrates contribute to high levels of energy and alertness.
One way to ensure daily health is by visiting one of our four senior centers/dining sites or three dining sites throughout Volusia County where you can get a nutritious meal.
Choose a Refreshing Beverage
While alcoholic and soft drinks certainly have their place, health experts contend that one of the best ways to maintain daily energy is by drinking primarily non-alcoholic and low-calorie beverages. Water remains the trusted recommendation. Still, there are ways to spice things up a bit.
For instance, you might want to add a slice of citrus to seltzer water to simulate a fruity carbonated cocktail. The smell and taste of citrus have been proven to heighten senses and keep minds refreshed. In addition, some people swear by adding bitter herbs to tonic water. This helps to improve digestion and heighten the feeling of nourishment.
Focus on Nutrition
When life gets busy, it can be difficult to keep up with proper nutrition. Still, doing so is essential to physical and mental health. Dieticians recommend incorporating certain foods into your meal plan to boost alertness.
They include high protein options (such as salmon, eggs, and beans), fruits and vegetables, high fiber options (such as bran cereal), and moderate use of stimulants such as coffee/tea, dark chocolate, and more. It’s also essential to ingest ample amounts of water throughout the day.
One easy and fun way to accomplish this is by visiting a senior center in New Smyrna Beach and the surrounding area where you can get a nutritious meal. The Council on Aging has four senior centers/dining sites and three dining sites across Volusia County where this is possible.
Don’t Forget Activity
Just as gasoline keeps automobiles running strong, food is like fuel for our bodies. Still, it’s important not to let the good fuel go to waste. That’s where regular activity comes in. Once you’ve met your nutrition goals for the day, put that energy to good use by spending quality time with friends.
A senior center is a great place to play Bingo in Ormond Beach and the surrounding area. In addition, you’ll find many exciting activities and senior care services at our four locations conveniently located across Volusia County. Contact us today to learn more about how you can reclaim your energy and feel your very best.