I’ve noticed that I eat a lot more junk food since retirement. What can I do?

I’ve noticed that I eat a lot more junk food since retirement. What can I do?

As I’m sure you are aware, once we retire, we kind of let a few things go. We might get our hair done less frequently, we may iron our shirts a little less and we might put on a pound or two. Have you noticed that you tend to eat more for convenience rather than health? I know a lot of my senior friends have to purge their pantry every few months because they realize they’ve been eating way too many sweets and artificial foods.

Here are a few tips for a senior to eat healthier:

  1. Avoid Processed Meat: Processed meats like hot dogs and sausages have been salted, cured, or smoked to enhance flavor and improve preservation. A number of studies have found associations between eating a lot of processed meats and poor health. A Harvard review found that eating one serving a day of processed meats like bacon, sausage, and deli meats was associated with a 42 percent higher risk of heart disease and 19 percent increased risk of diabetes.
  2. Eat a colorful diet: add darkly colored fruits and vegetables — blueberries, cherries, spinach, etc. — to your diet. They are loaded with nutrients, fiber, and carotenoids. They will also fill you up so you’re less likely to binge on junk food.
  3. Skip Packaged Foods: The best eating strategy for aging well is to skip processed foods and beverages.
  4. Move to Danbury! When you order from our menu, you can be sure that each meal is carefully prepared by our chef to meet your healthy goals!

To learn more about this important topic join us on Facebook Live on Tuesday 11/16 at 3 pm with our friends from Western Reserve Hospital and Meals On Wheels of Northeast Ohio’s Nora Logsdon to learn about foods that promote healthy aging. Just click on any Danbury Facebook page to participate. Contact us with any questions!

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