Monday, March 13, 2017 at 12:00:00 am Comments (0)
Our nutritional habits are key to our ability to have the vitality to live well as we endeavor to age gracefully and joyfully. We are becoming increasingly more aware of the power of our food choices and there is more we can accomplish.
It is never too late to start making changes. Do not fall into the category of “too late and the damage is done”. Science reveals how genes are influenced by their environment which quite simply is YOU! When you use your fork to feed yourself more wholesome foods and put your body into motion you will have the opportunity for immediate benefits, including better mood and mental clarity, improved sleep, more energy, less pain and stress, and a greater overall sense of well-being.
If you are thinking that you already have a chronic condition and this really does not apply to you, be encouraged and find hope in the fact that it does! Your condition and prognosis will most certainly be better if you take good care of yourself.…healthier lifestyle habits will allow the medication to work more effectively.
In general, eating a variety of foods from all the food groups will help you get the variety of nutrients your body needs as you age. Supplemental nutrition assistance programs may be available in your community if this is a challenge for you or someone you love. The Dietary Guidelines recommend eating half your plate fruits and vegetables at every meal. Fresh or frozen offer a nutritional advantage over canned. Select more dark green vegetables like leafy greens, collard greens, turnip greens, spinach, broccoli, and peas. Orange vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes and butternut squash are power packed choices like the dark greens and both are absorbed even better when eaten with a little healthy fat. Vary your protein choices with more fish, beans and legumes.
Eat at least 3 ounces of whole grain cereals, breads, crackers, rice or pastas every day. Consume low fat dairy milk, yogurt or cheeses that are fortified with vitamin D every day. Rather than a low fat diet, eat a right fat diet rich in healthy omega 3 fats, avoiding trans fats that may be hidden in heavily processed foods and oils.
Celebrate National Nutrition Month every month and enjoy the benefits of improved nutrition and fitness!