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Welcome to the latest edition of Senior Snippets: the monthly advisory column with the older members of the community in mind, brought by Bryn Evans of Home Instead Senior Care in Sheffield and Barnsley.
A healthy diet can be the key to maintaining a positive outlook on life whilst keeping the mind and body fit and well. No matter what age you are, or what your eating habits are like, it’s never too late to change your diet and improve how you feel.
Healthy eating includes consuming high-quality proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals, while minimising processed foods, saturated fats and alcohol. Eating in this manner helps maintain the body’s everyday functions, promotes optimal body weight and can assist in disease prevention.
Rather than cut out fat from your diet completely, choose healthy unsaturated fats which can improve blood cholesterol levels, lower the risk of heart disease, and benefit insulin levels and blood sugar. Look out for Omega-3 fats, which can benefit brain and mood; they’re typically found in fish, nuts and seeds.
Regular exercise can help people stay healthy, independent and energetic as the age. Exercise is anything that gets the body moving, and an average of 150 minutes a week is recommended. Walking rather than driving is a small change which gradually introduces exercise into daily routines.
Slowly reduce the amount of sugar in your diet. There are hidden sugars in a variety of foods such as ready meals, tinned goods and pasta sauces. Consider using natural foods, herbs and spices to flavour food, and give taste buds time to get used to the new flavours.
As we age our digestion can become less efficient, so it’s important to include more fibre in your diet. An easy way to incorporate fibre into your everyday routine, is to start your morning with a high fibre cereal. The best source of fibre are whole grains, wheat cereals, barley, oatmeal, beans, nuts, vegetables and fruit.