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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Skip Packaged Foods: The best eating strategy for aging well is to skip processed foods and beverages.
- 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!