Healthy eating is a lifelong commitment and at times, a challenge. However, eating healthy at whatever stage of life you’re at can improve your quality of life and overall health. In this month’s blog post Karen Weeks shares some easy ways to maintain good eating habits.
Try meal delivery services
You can either get your groceries delivered, or have a meal delivered to your door. A meal delivery service can take care of all your grocery needs and includes all the ingredients you need to create a meal. You won’t have to try and figure out what meal to make because the recipe comes with the package. A meal delivery service can even deliver ready-made, healthy options. You can research which service is the best for you.
Take a daily multivitamin
No matter how well you eat and take care of yourself, you may still not get all the nutrients you need. One way to ensure your body is getting these nutrients is to find an effective multivitamin. Multivitamins can strengthen your immune system and improve hair and skin health, and if you find a brand with probiotics, they can make your gut healthier as well.
Use an app
Apps are an excellent and easy way to get groceries or meals delivered to your home. Apps can also help you count calories and balance your metabolic rate with food intake. They also have huge databases that contain the nutritional information for all the food you’ll make, which simplifies the process of finding a healthy diet of tasty dishes.
Hire a cook
Hiring a cook isn’t just for the wealthy. There are a variety of ways to make this option affordable, including sharing the cost of meals with friends or other family members, or hiring the chef to occasionally prepare meals. This is nice because the ordering, shopping, and preparation are completely out of the way, which helps keep the process simple.
Drink more water
Data shows that many seniors are under-hydrated, and being attentive to hydration could help reduce the chance of hospitalization as well as improve overall quality of life. Get yourself an easy-access water bottle or a cup with a straw. Cups with straws will incentivize you to drink more because they’re simple to use and don’t require extra effort of opening a lid.
Use less salt
Research has shown that eating foods that are high in salt can kill many of the good bacteria in your gut and reduce the strength of your immune system. Try to reduce the salt in whatever recipes you may use. When shopping for food, look at the label to make sure there’s not a lot of sodium.
Get enough fibre
Eating a diet that is high in fibre has been shown in studies to be linked with lower rates of cancer, cholesterol, and heart disease. You can find fibre in all sorts of food, including fruits and vegetables, whole grains and whole wheat, prunes, lentils, and other kinds of food. If you need extra fibre, there are supplements that can help you reach your goals.
Spice it up
According to Time Magazine, one recommendation for seniors is adding more spices to food to aid in digestion and help maintain appetite. As we get older, our sense of taste and smell can be reduced, so spices are a good non-sugary (or non-salty) way to make food extra tasty again. Feel free to research recipes and see what spices you can try out to bring out the flavor in your food.
There are a lot of ways to eat healthy. You can drink more water, add spices, increase fiber, or pay for services to help you out. Some dietitians even recommend eating foods that are high in protein and low in calories because it can help weight management. See what works best for you and make a goal to eat healthy on a manageable level.