As we age, our bodies change over time. With these changes comes a decrease in appetite as a number of factors could affect one’s dietary needs. A well-balanced diet helps to ensure a happy, healthy retirement. And, with the help of a care coordinator, gathering healthy foods and making them in the comfort of your home poses no challenges. Here are some essential components of any well-balanced diet that remain tried and true regardless of age.
Be Aware of Caloric Intake
While seniors are active around their homes through routines and daily living, mobility does decrease as we age. In turn, this means that less calories are burned throughout the day due to a decrease in metabolism and physical activity. Therefore, with the recommended daily caloric intake based on lifestyle, seniors should consume around 1,600 to 2,000 daily.
The incorporation of nutrient-dense foods is the most beneficial as they provide many nutrients with little to moderate caloric value. Nutrient-rich foods include vegetables and fruits, whole grains, lean proteins and low-fat dairy products. These products provide daily meals with calcium, fiber, iron and numerous vitamins that are important to our overall health and well-being.
Stay Hydrated, Stay Healthy
Water is immensely important in personal health as the average individual should consume approximately eight glasses of water a day. While this can be challenging to incorporate into your daily meals, the National Institute on Aging suggests drinking water in between meals or consuming a full glass when taking medication. When pairing this tactic with exercise, drinking enough water helps to avoid dehydration and improve performance.
All in all, incorporating these helpful tips into your daily diet may lead to a healthier lifestyle. As they say, you are what you eat — so eat healthy!
Friendship at Home is a long-term care plan designed to help retirees remain independently in the comfort of their own home. Are you interested in learning more about our program? We’d love to answer any questions you may have. Give us a call at (614) 734-2167.