Roses are red, violets are blue--hopefully your plate is full of color, too!
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Spring has finally sprung—and with it some welcome reminders of the color and energy of our world. But budding flowers and bustling gardens are more than just pretty—they're also great reminders for renewing your own health and well-being.
March is National Nutrition Awareness Month, and we're letting nature do the talking on tips to keep you happy, healthy, and informed all year long.
A garden good enough to eat...literally!
Did you know that experts recommend eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables daily? Sadly, at least a third of older adults aren't heeding this advice—a missed opportunity for proper nutrition.
When planning breakfast, lunch, and dinner, choose a variety of fruits and vegetables with deep colors. Dark green, bright yellow, and orange foods like spinach, collard greens, carrots, oranges, and cantaloupe are especially good for you!
April showers bring more than just May flowers!
Maintaining a nutritious diet isn't just about food, either. Fluids are an important part of healthy living. In fact, what you drink is just as important as how much you drink, too. A recent study in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society showed that older adults who drank diet sodas had a higher risk of increasing their waist measurements compared to non-diet soda drinkers.
Instead of artificially sweetened drinks, try having unsweetened coffee and tea, mineral water unsweetened or served with a splash of 100% fruit juice, or just plain water. These drinks keep you hydrated with less of the risks posed by sugary or artificially-sweetened diet soft drinks. Find out more from our research study summary available on HealthinAging.org.
Blossoming with a balanced diet...
You have special nutritional needs as you age, and that can make it difficult to get the right balance of nutritious foods. Unfortunately, 1 in 10 older adults don't eat enough on a daily basis, and many others—a third of people 65-years-old or older, in fact—eat too much.
To make the most of your meals, look for nutrient-dense foods like:
- •Complex carbohydrates (whole grains like whole wheat bread, old-fashioned oatmeal, and brown rice, as opposed to "refined" products like white bread, instant oatmeal, or sugary cereals)
- •Seeds and nuts
- •Fruits and vegetables
- •Low-fat dairy products (these are especially important if you have osteoporosis, or thinning of the bones)
- •Lean meats, fish, poultry, eggs, or beans (also known as "legumes")
Take it from the tulips, "bud" into action with warmer weather!
Budding is hard work for flowers, but it pays off in the end...just like your own physical activity! No matter what your age, being active is one of the best things you can do to maintain or improve your health.
If you'd like to start moderate exercise and don't have any health problems that would prevent you from doing so, you don't need to check in with your healthcare provider first. Of course, if you have any concerns, you should always mention them beforehand. Otherwise, jump in and get started! For those who haven't been active in a while, start with 10 minutes of activity and increase the time slowly.
Want more tips? Check out our brand new update on Physical Activity available here.
And don't forget: there are lots more tips, insights, and recommendations for you, your family, and your friends at HealthinAging.org. Visit the website today for ways that you can improve your
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