As we age our eating patterns and nutritional needs quite often change. The important thing to watch for in our senior years is to ensure our needs are met. What you may have eaten as a young senior may not be the same as what you need to eat as an older senior.
Here are some things you can do right now to eat smarter:
Consider All Medications and Medical Conditions
Many seniors have a variety of health issues that require medications and this may affect how they eat. Diabetes, high blood pressure and low circulation are just a few. Each medication or condition may require specific nutrition guidelines. It is important to be aware of any needs you may have. Some medications require you to take them with food, some without. Check the with the pharmacist if you are unsure. Talking with a doctor or nutritionist will also keep you on the right track!
Managing Your Calories
Caloric needs often depend on how active we are and how our metabolism is running. Seniors usually have a slower metabolism and are less active, therefore less calories are usually needed. Each day it is important to know if you are over or under eating. Improper nutrition can lead to poor health and immobility. Following dietary guidelines from your physician is crucial.
You Are What You Eat
Your daily nutrition is even more important in your senior years. Your immune system is not as reliable as it once was and needs help with proper nutrients to keep your body going. It is always ideal to eat a balance of fruits, vegetables, nuts and dark leafy greens. Processed foods are not ideal. Overloading on sugar and sodium are also not good ideas. Eating healthy will help you fight off infections and give you more energy.
Doctor Knows Best
Your doctor ultimately knows you and what is best for you. Listen to any advice they have. A proper nutrition at all ages is very important, but especially in the later years. If you live in a community facility, it is also important to share your restrictions or needs with the cook or staff. Meeting your nutritional goals and staying healthy are the key to a long happy life!
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