One of the key ingredients to aging well is eating well. As we age into our 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond, nutrition becomes ever more important as our body’s needs change. Health problems become more of an issue as we age. What we eat can play a large part in determining whether we develop certain medical conditions like diabetes, bone loss, and heart disease. Eating well also can help us manage some of our health problems. Plus, our healthy habits, like diet, seem to catch up with us as we head into our 30s, 40s, and 50s.
Here are some tips for eating well as you age:
- Eat More Nutrient-Rich Foods – Nutrient-dense foods include those that have a high dose of nutrients but with relatively few amounts of calories. These are foods like vegetables, whole grains, seafood, eggs, nuts, beans, lean meat, and fruits. You should be getting a good mix of these foods every day.
- Pay More Attention to Portion Sizes – In order to keep your weight at a healthy level, it is important to watch portion sizes. For a woman who is moderately active and over the age of 50, the recommended calorie intake per day is 1800. Start looking at portion sizes on foods that you buy at the grocery store. You can also start keeping track of how many calories you consume every day if you need help with controlling serving size.
- Limit Certain Foods – When you were younger, it was easy to consume junk food without too much impact on your health. However, as we age, our food choices impact us more and more. Try to stay away from foods that are empty calories, those that are high in calories but extremely low in nutrition. It is also important to limit certain unhealthy ingredients like sodium, saturated fat, cholesterol, and added sugar.
- Eat Consistently – As people age, their sense of taste and smell will often diminish. Food is no longer appealing and they might be tempted to eat less or skip meals. However, the consequence is that your body doesn’t get the nutrition it needs. If you are having problems with this, try a variety of different dishes and even consider taking a cooking class.
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