As the old saying goes, “an apple a day keeps the doctor away!”
It’s important for everyone—from the young to the young at heart—to maintain a healthy diet, but we need to make sure that our Deltona seniors are eating balanced and nutritious meals on a daily basis.
Providing your body with the right nutrients is the first step to staying active and independent, because the better you eat—the better you will feel.
Keep reading to find out our 5 top tips for keeping a healthy diet as you age!
Eat a variety of foods
We all know where to start. Fruits and vegetables come in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors—so try to incorporate as many as possible into your diet.
It’s important for Volusia County seniors to keep their Calcium and Vitamin D levels up, too—so milk and other low-fat dairy products are good to mix in. Whole grain foods with fiber and lean proteins, like fish, can be eaten as healthy, main dishes for lunch and dinner.
Portion size is important
As you age, it’s important to maintain a healthy weight, and that all starts with the portion size of your meals. Depending on your age and health, some seniors may indulge too much, while others won’t eat enough. You don’t want to be on either side of this spectrum—gaining or losing too much weight—so it’s important to eat the right portions for your size.
Make a healthy change
Whether it’s time to give up the extra salt to limit sodium, cut down on the sugar, or stay away from empty calorie foods, like chips and soda—we all can make healthier choices with our eating habits.
New, healthy habits take time to develop, so start by making one small change at a time. As you eliminate more and more junk foods from your diet, you will notice how much better your body feels, and overtime, you won’t even crave those foods anymore.
Easy does it
Depending on the activity level of the Deltona senior, it might be easier to stock the refrigerator and pantry with ready-to-eat or easy to prepare foods.
Keeping frozen vegetables in the freezer, or pre-cut fruits and pre-cooked chicken in the refrigerator, can help our seniors make healthier choices out of convenience. If they find it too difficult to cook healthy meals three times a day, then chances are they will fill themselves up with the junk food in the kitchen that is available and ready for them to eat.
Remember that staying hydrated with water is just as important—if not more so—than keeping a balanced diet of healthy foods. It’s easy for seniors to become dehydrated without realizing it, so make sure to drink lots of water, and cut down on sugary and caffeinated drinks throughout the day.
We hope you will begin to make smarter choices when it comes to your eating habits in order to maintain your health as you age. Remember, it’s always important to talk to your health care professional first before making any major changes to your diet.
Your doctor will be able to advise you on the nutrients you need more of and the foods to stay away from based on any medical conditions you may have or prescribed medications you take.
Do you have any other healthy diet tips to share with our Deltona seniors? Let us know!