With more and more people becoming familiar with and using the Internet, there can, at times, seem to be an overabundance of information. This can be particularly true when it comes to nutrition tips. One day eggs are bad for you, the next day they’re good for you, then the following day experts are undecided. One source tells you to eat more whole grains, the other one says stay away from bread. Don’t eat animal products, don’t eat gluten, no carbs… On and on it goes.
When it comes to healthy eating for seniors, proper nutrition is no joke. It must be taken seriously and researched responsibly. To save you some steps on trying to figure out what healthy eating for seniors entails, we did a little research of our own.
Why Is Retiree Nutrition Different?
Whether you’re seven years of age or are in your 70s, healthy eating’s basic elements are similar. But as you age, specific nutritional needs change. For older adults, some of the most crucial components of healthy eating are as follows:
- Fiber – Constipation may be avoided by older adults who concentrate on getting enough fiber. Additionally, it’s linked to a healthier weight, and regulates cholesterol and blood sugar.
- Sodium intake – Blood pressure can be elevated by sodium/salt. Cardiovascular problems can become a risk if blood pressure gets too high. Limit your high sodium foods.
- Metabolic changes – Metabolism slows as you age. To absorb nutrients, it becomes more difficult. Maintain a healthy weight by increasing your appetite through exercise.
- Vitamin D and calcium – Support bone density with calcium, and help your body metabolize that calcium with vitamin D. Support oral health and fight off osteoporosis as well.
- Protein – To prevent bone loss/breakage and promote healthy muscles, get your protein.
Recommended by the American Heart Association
The AHA suggests the following for older adults:
- 3 to 4 servings per week of legumes, seeds, and nuts
- Two servings a day of oils and fats
- 3 to 6 cooked ounces of seafood, poultry, and meats
- Four servings a day of fruits
- 3 to 4 servings a day of vegetables
- 2 to 3 servings a day of dairy
- Six daily servings of grains
Today’s older adults should consider these pointers when it comes to a healthy diet or life:
- Make your health a priority
- Consider a nutritional supplement or multivitamin
- Try to stay away from sweetened, salty, or packaged foods
For Delicious and Nutritious Meals Three Times a Day, Choose TerraBella Little Avenue
We, at TerraBella Little Avenue, offer resort-like living. Included in our many amenities is our Sensations Dining program. The program features both homemade favorites and international cuisine with numerous other menu options. Your loved one will enjoy friendly tableside service from cheerful, attentive team members. Best of all, there’s no cleanup necessary. Both the kitchen and the dining room are taken care of without any responsibility falling on the shoulders of your loved one.
Please contact us at TerraBella Little Avenue by phoning 704-448-5760 for sales and leasing inquiries. Any other questions can be directed to 704-541-9333. Better yet, schedule a personal tour so that you can see for yourself all we have to offer. You may also choose to get started by using our convenient online form.