Proper nutrition plays an important role in your health at every stage in life. However, it is essential to make some adjustments as you advance in age due to changes in your metabolism and nutritional needs. These tips from Douglas County Home Care Assistance are designed specifically for seniors over 60 who can benefit from making a few simple dietary changes.
Adjust Your Caloric Intake
Most likely, you have already noticed that you can no longer eat as much as you did when you were in your 20s. However, many seniors overlook the need to reduce their caloric intake as their metabolism continues to slow down. If you are unsure of how many calories you should be eating each day, then a dietician or your physician can point you in the right direction.
Eat for Brain Health
The food you eat plays a major role in your cognitive functioning. Avoid refined sugars and hydrogenated fats that can reduce the blood flow to your brain. Instead, focus on eating foods that are rich in fatty acids that can enhance your neural connections.
Make a Pretty Plate
As a general rule, brightly colored natural foods tend to be the richest sources for vitamins and minerals. Fill your plate with fruits and vegetables that reflect the beauty of nature. Produce in bright orange, red, and dark green hues are full of pigments that can reduce the risk of various chronic diseases.
Encourage Better Digestion
The greasy foods and large meals that you enjoyed in your younger years may add up to digestive distress after 50. Make sure to drink water with your meals, and include foods that are rich in fiber. If you still struggle with digestive ailments, consider supplementing with enzymes and vitamins that can increase your body’s ability to digest food.
Don’t Forget About Your Blood Sugar
The risk for diabetes increases as you get older, and eating smaller meals that are low in sugar will help to keep your blood sugar regulated. Remember to stay moving throughout the day as well to maintain your body’s insulin resistance.
Socialize More Often
After retirement, you finally have the time to slow down and savor each moment. Making meals a social time can help you to eat less while staying motivated to eat mindfully. Aim to eat with a friend or family member at least once a week, and challenge each other to stay on track with your nutrition goals.
Eating right during the senior years can be challenging, as basic tasks like grocery shopping and cooking become more challenging to accomplish independently. Find the help and support your loved one needs to maintain a healthy lifestyle by reaching out to Home Care Assistance. We provide live-in, hourly, and respite care in Douglas County, and all of our care services include the use of the Balanced Care Method, which focuses on physical, mental, and emotional wellness. Give us a call at 720-580-5378 to learn more.