At Jancare, our nurses are dedicated to taking care of their patients in Fishkill, NY. We help seniors in need by visiting them personally in the comfort of their own homes. We do everything we can to make sure they are happy and healthy, but there are also many different ways that seniors can take direct control over their own health. For example, we wrote about some activities that seniors can do during the winter to stay active and keep their mind sharp.
Now, we want to go over some of our favorite ways to eat healthy as a senior! These four amazing tips come from the NCOA, which is the National Counsel on Aging. They are a fantastic resource for senior citizens and we highly recommend that you check out their website. One of the articles they’ve written goes over six healthy eating tips for seniors, which you can find by clicking here. We loved this post and wanted to call out four of our favorite tips from the NCOA website:
1. Know what a healthy plate looks like
You might remember the food pyramid, but the USDA recently unveiled a simpler way to help people see what they should eat each day. It’s called MyPlate. The simple graphic shows exactly how the five food groups should stack up on your plate. These are the building blocks for a healthy diet.
2. Look for important nutrients
Make sure you eat a variety of foods to get all the nutrients you need. Your plate should look like a rainbow—bright, colored foods are always the best choice! A healthy meal should include:
Lean protein (lean meats, seafood, eggs, beans)
Fruits and vegetables (think orange, red, green, and purple)
Whole grains (brown rice, whole wheat pasta)
Low-fat dairy (milk and its alternatives)
Remember to choose foods that are high in fiber and low in sodium or salt. Also, look for Vitamin D, an important mineral as we age.
3. Read the Nutrition Facts label
The healthiest foods are whole foods. These are often found on the perimeter of the grocery store in the produce, meat, and dairy sections. When you do eat packaged foods, be a smart shopper! Read the labels to find items that are lower in fat, added sugars, and sodium.
4. Stay hydrated
Water is an important nutrient too! Don’t let yourself get dehydrated—drink small amounts of fluids consistently throughout the day. Tea, coffee, and water are your best choices. Keep fluids with sugar and salt at a minimum, unless your doctor has suggested otherwise.
One of our favorite tips is staying hydrated! With everything going on in the day, it can be easy to forget to drink water every now and then. Because of this, it’s always important to make sure that you are drinking fluids regularly so your body will stay healthy.
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