Home care clients may sometimes feel that as they age, it feels like everything they do causes illness or pushes them towards a shorter lifespan. Can’t seniors just enjoy their retirement years? One recent article states that too much protein can cause prostate cancer. Other articles support a high-protein diet, saying it helps slow down muscle loss, can lower the risk of hip fractures and keeps people strong. So, whose rules should seniors follow?
Moderation and variety is always a good rule of thumb. Eating a variety of foods – protein and sweets included – while maintaining portion control will leave people satisfied and still healthy. Sure, if a person eats bacon and sausage every morning, a burger every day for lunch and a steak every night for dinner, they may need to cut back their protein intake. Otherwise, it is important to continue eating a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, protein, grains and foods with calcium.
Here are a few tips to help seniors keep meal plans and nutrition on track.
- Colorful foods are good for your health. When you are at the grocery store, your shopping cart should be bursting with color, from a rich green lettuce, to bright blue blueberries, to red ripened tomatoes and bright pink salmon. Bonus tip: The darker the color, the better it is for you.
- Focus on the real thing. While it may be easier to get nutrients from a multi-vitamin or fruit juices, the real thing is always a better option. Get fiber from whole fruits and grains, Vitamin D from eggs and fatty fish and Calcium from milk and yogurt. Not only is it more efficient, but it tastes better too!
- Be smart with carbs. Choose whole grains as opposed to white flour for more nutrients and fiber. According to experts, seniors need about six to seven ounces of grains each day (one ounce is about one slice of bread).
- Don’t forget water. Seniors are prone to dehydration, so be sure to continually drink water throughout the day. Remember, just because coffee, juice and soda may contain water – they do hydrate the body the same way that water will.
Making smart nutrition choices should be a team effort. Speak with your family, friends, and home care providers to share your health goals and garner support. With everyone working towards a healthier diet, it will be easier to make good choices and create long-term healthy habits. If cooking healthy meals seems like a daunting task, your area home care agencies may offer assistance with meal planning and cooking. For more information, visit your local home health agency to learn about available services.
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