Healthy Eating

Healthy Eating When You’re Older

No matter the age, a good nutrition is important. Though as the years progress, it’s even more important to make smart food choices.

  1. Find a balance.
    Eating a healthy and balanced diet ensures your body gets the nutrients that it needs to boost your immunities and help your body fight off illnesses. To get the nutrients you need, aim to eat enough foods from all 5 food groups every day;
    1. Fruits and vegetables
    2. Carbohydrates or starch
    3. Proteins
    4. Fats
    5. Dairy and dairy alternatives

  2. Stay hydrated.
    Keeping well hydrated is important for all ages, the aim is to consume 6-8 drinks a day. Tip: Have water nearby at all times to sip periodically. It is equally important to limit drinks that have a lot of sugar or salt.

  3. Schedule meals.
    People tend to eat when they are hungry, but it can be difficult if you don’t “feel” hungry often. Scheduling meals can assist as it is a reminder to eat. Getting into a routine by setting mealtimes can help stimulate your appetite as the body will start to expect meals at these times.

  4. Eat the rainbow.
    Include a variety of different colored vegetables to boost your appetite. Most are a good low-calorie source of nutrients and fiber. Fill your plate with greens, oranges, reds, purples, and yellows, especially, as these have antioxidants.

  5. Get moving.
    If you have started losing your appetite, exercising may help you to feel hungrier. Certain exercises can help stimulate appetite, like a brisk 30 minute walk.

As your body changes, you may need to make some adjustments. Consult your health care provider for advice on what to eat, how much to eat, and which foods are best at your age. While food is the best way to get the nutrients you need, you may wonder if you should take vitamins or supplements containing herbs and minerals.

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