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Crafting a Healthy Plate

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I’m sure you have been hearing your whole life about how important it is to eat well.

A very familiar piece of advice seems to be to eat more fruits and veggies, and to cut down on food that are high in fats, sugars and carbohydrates.

If it were so easy to do, it wouldn’t still be such common advice. 

 

When we are young, thoughts of the negative effects that eating poorly could have on our bodies may have been distant.

However as we age we begin to realize that how we eat and what we are eating matters more than ever.

Choosing to make the commitment to treat your body better, no matter what stage of life you are currently in, will still make a huge difference later.  

Implementing some simple habits now can change the way you feel for the future. Here are some simple suggestions to get your started on the right path:

 

  1. Cook your own meals: Processed foods and the meals you can get from restaurants or the grocery store often have unnecessary salts and sugar. It is easy to not think about it or even realize it if you are not the one preparing the meal. The best way to regulate what goes into your food is to be the one to make the meals. It does take more time, but it gives you full power over what you are putting in your body. A simple Google search of recipes brings up millions of results for you to browse through. Recipes ranging from easy beginners to the most experiences chef’s, we guarantee that you will find something that looks good to you and is good for you.

  2. Don’t be afraid to try something new (or old): Our taste buds change over time and it is perfectly possible that we might now enjoy foods we never liked before. The first step to eating more fruits and vegetables would be trying and identifying the ones you like to eat and adding those to your meal rotations. Have a bad memory of broccoli and brussel sprouts as a kid? Give them a try now. You might just surprise yourself if your tastebuds have changed. Don’t be afraid to experiment and be adventurous.

  3. Experiment with Substitutions: Many recipes taste just as good if you use coconut or olive oil instead of butter. Butter instead of margarine. Some recipes may work well using applesauce or honey in place of sugar. It can be a fun challenge to figure out how to make your favorite recipes healthier. Not all of them may work for you, but it is certainly worth a try.  Here is an informative website with some ideas for ingredient substitutions: Huffington Post: Healthy Substitutions

  4. Commit to drinking more water: Try to give up the soda pop completely! Water is a basic need, but one that is hard to keep up with. Dehydration is a real concern for seniors and not refilling your glass at the tap often enough can have some serious consequences. Though dehydration can be a common problem, it is also one that can be easily remedied. Try carrying a bottle of water around with you during the day as a gentle reminder to drink your H2O. You could even try marking the side of your bottle with time oriented goals to give yourself some extra incentive to drink throughout the day. If you have a smartphone there are apps you can download to help send you reminders to help you reach your daily water intake.

 

Now that you have some ideas to implement in your daily life, take some time to think about some other changes you could make to really make a commitment to improving your lifestyle.

Living your best life and being in good health is just so important.

If you need to, start with just one small step at a time, you do not want this process to become too overwhelming.

Happy Eating!  

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