Healthy eating plays an important role in how you look and feel as you age. This does not mean you have to spend all your time at the grocery store or in the kitchen, shopping for and preparing meals if you want to stay healthy. An independent living community with dining services can help make following a healthy diet simple.
At Southfield, we want our residents to have plenty of time to enjoy their retirement instead of worrying about household tasks like grocery shopping and cooking. Our dining services make following a healthy eating plan easy, convenient, and enjoyable. To learn more about our dining services for seniors in our independent living community, call us today at 855.947.3838.
Healthy Diets Help Promote a Better Quality of Life
Getting proper nutrition and staying active can make all the difference in your quality of life during retirement. Whether you prefer to take it easy or wish to head out and see the world, being in good health can help you get the most out of life. Strong, healthy bones and joints, along with vibrant energy and a sharp, focused brain, can help you enjoy all the best aspects of senior living.
Getting proper nutrition specifically designed for the needs of seniors can improve your quality of life by:
- Helping you stay healthy
- Improving your mood and outlook on life
- Providing you with adequate energy to do the things you enjoy most
- Helping you maintain cognitive function for a sharp memory and concentration
The food you eat has a significant impact on your overall well-being, so knowing how to eat for optimal health later in life can help you get the most out of your retirement years.
How to Eat for Longevity
Your goal for healthy eating will likely change in your senior years. Your health and wellness needs will be different, so it is important to adjust your diet accordingly. Some of the top nutrients to help promote your quality of life as a senior include:
- Omega-3 fatty acids – These are beneficial for your bone, brain, eye, and emotional health. You can find them in fatty fish, flax seeds, chia seeds, and walnuts.
- Vitamin D3 – This vitamin, also known as the sunshine vitamin, helps strengthen bones, energy, and a positive mood. You can find it in fatty fish, eggs, red meat, and the sunlight.
- Calcium – This mineral is essential for strong, healthy bones, which is of the utmost importance as you age. You can find it in dairy foods, leafy green vegetables, and canned fish with soft bones like salmon and sardines.
- Vitamin B12 – This vitamin plays a large role in your energy levels. You can find it in red meat, chicken, fish, and eggs. If you do not eat meat or dairy, you may want to consider taking a vitamin B12 supplement.
- Fiber – Your digestive health is closely related to your immune health, so it is important to consume a fiber-rich diet to stay regular. You can find fiber in fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, peas, and beans.
- Potassium – This mineral can help regulate your mood, energy, and blood sugar levels. You can find it in bananas, beets, avocados, sweet potatoes, butternut squash, and black beans.
To feel your best throughout your senior years, incorporate the above foods into your diet along with regular physical activity.
Southfield Dining Services Focus on Healthy Eating for Seniors
Dining services are one of the convenient features that independent living communities may offer. However, convenience does not always equal healthy.
At Southfield, we provide dining services for our residents that are mindful of healthy diets for seniors. Our chefs focus on whole foods in their flavorful recipes so our seniors can stay happy and healthy while leading an active lifestyle. To find out more about how our dining services combine convenience and health, call us today at 855.947.3838 or use the secure online form.