As we grow older it becomes very essential for us to start cultivating the habit of healthy living. One of the ways in which we can achieve these is through eating well, sleeping well, exercise, regular body check and pampering. I will like to pay close attention to Healthy Eating and its benefits, because what we put in our mouth plays a large role in our general lifestyle and wellbeing.
Eating healthy is at the crux of increasing your chances of living a long, fulfilled, good-quality life. Think for minute, what is most important to you? Is it Health? Is it time? Or money? You might have heard the saying “time is money”. Well, time and money may not even come into play if all your time, strength and efforts are being put towards managing some disease, or trying to get better from some disease. Without your health, you are unlikely to have time to make money, or even spend money.
Reasons for Eating Healthy
There are so many reasons for eating healthy. E.g.
- What we eat and how much nutrition your diets contain will inevitably decide how your body feels.
- If you don’t have any disease, then you need to keep eating healthy so that you can greatly increase your chances of avoiding these. If you suffer from any diseases, you want to eat healthy so as to manage the diseases well and feel better from them. In many cases, a healthy eating habit can reverse diseases.
- You will also look better. Getting the right nutrients, vitamins and minerals your body needs to function will help your skin look better, more radiant, and smoother.
- You will also find it easier to maintain a healthy weight by adopting and sticking to healthy eating habits.
Food your body needs as you grow older
Fruit – Focus on whole fruits rather than juices for more fiber and vitamins and aim for 1½ to 2 servings or more each day.
Veggies – Color is your credo in this category. Choose antioxidant-rich dark, leafy greens.
Calcium – Maintaining bone health as you age depends on adequate calcium intake to prevent osteoporosis and bone fractures. Older adults need 1,200 mg of calcium a day through servings of milk, yogurt, or cheese.
Grains – Be smart with your carbs and choose whole grains over processed white flour for more nutrients and more fiber. If you’re not sure, look for pasta, breads, and cereals that list “whole” in the ingredient list.
Protein – Adults over 50 without kidney disease or diabetes need about 1 to 1.5 grams per kilogram (2.2lbs) of bodyweight. Try to divide your protein intake equally among meals. It’s important to vary your sources of protein instead of relying on red meat, including more fish, beans, peas, eggs, nuts, seeds, and low-fat milk and cheese in your diet.
I cannot stress the benefits of healthy eating enough. That is why at Ashers Group, we pride ourselves in helping people eat right and have a healthy living. Contact us today for any advice on your meals.