Healthy Lifestyle Tips from MediLodge of Taylor

by Kathleen Kadau, RD, MediLodge of Taylor

Eating right doesn’t have to be complicated.  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has healthy eating tips focusing on older adults.  It is part of their campaign promoting informed food choices and developing positive eating and physical activity habits.  Dedicate yourself to a healthy lifestyle in 2013 with these tips.

Taylor Healthy Tips

• Make half your plate fruits and vegetables

Eat a variety of vegetables, especially dark-green, red and orange vegetables plus beans and peas.  Fresh, frozen and canned vegetables all count.  Choose “reduced sodium” or “no-salt-added” canned vegetables.  Buy fruits that are dried, frozen or canned in water or 100% juice, as well as fresh fruits.

• Make at least half your grains whole

Choose 100% whole-grain breads, cereals, crackers, pasta and brown rice.  Look for fiber- rich cereals to help stay regular.

• Switch to fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt and cheese

Older adults need more calcium and vitamin D to help keep bones healthy.  Include three servings of fat-free or low-fat milk, yogurt or cheese each day.  If you are lactose intolerant, try lactose-free milk or a calcium-fortified soy beverage.

• Vary your protein choices

Eat a variety of foods from the protein food group each week, such as seafood, nuts, and beans and peas, as well as fish, lean meat, poultry and eggs.

• Cut back on sodium and empty calories from solid fats and added sugars

Look out for salt (sodium) in foods you buy.  Compare sodium in foods and choose those with lower numbers.  Add spices or herbs to season food without adding salt.  Make major sources of saturated fats such as desserts, pizza, cheese, sausages and hot dogs occasional choices, not every day foods.  Switch from solid fats to oils when preparing food.  Drink water instead of sugary drinks.  Select fruit for dessert.  Eat sugary desserts less often.

• Enjoy your food but eat less

Most older adults need fewer calories than in younger years.  Avoid oversized portions.  Try using a smaller plate, bowl and glass.  Cook more often at home, where you are in control of what’s in your food.  When eating out, choose lower calorie menu options.  Choose dishes that include vegetables, fruits and whole grains.  When portions are large, share a meal or take half home for later.  Write down what you eat to keep track of how much you eat.

• Be physically active your way

Pick activities that you like and start by doing what you can.  Every bit adds up and health benefits increase as you spend more time being active.  If you are currently inactive, start with a few minutes of activity such as walking.  Gradually increase the minutes as you become stronger.

Just seven simple steps to bring you closer to looking and feeling your best.

Good Luck!




One response to this post.

  1. Excellent! Simple and practical, well done.


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