While good nutrition is important throughout your entire life, it becomes essential to maintaining vitality, a healthy body, and a sharp mind in your golden years. Southfield can offer you advice and tips for good eating habits to make the best choices for optimum nutrition as you age.
Know What a Healthy Plate Looks Like
First, you need to know what comprises a healthy dinner plate. You should incorporate a variety of foods from different groups and divide your plate into fourths. Make two parts, or half of your plate, fruits or vegetables, one part lean protein, and one part starch – preferably whole grain.
You don’t have to make these changes all at once, though. Even small changes to your diet, such as reducing the amount of high fat protein or dairy products that you eat, can help to improve your eating habits.
Learn About Healthier Alternatives
One way to make changes in your life a little easier is by finding healthier alternatives or learning about new cuisines. If you’ve always relied on eating red meat all your life, you may have missed out on the variety of flavors in vegetarian cuisine. Here are other tips for healthy alternatives to your favorite foods:
- Vegetarian foods based on peas or beans
- Low-fat milk instead of whole milk
- Plant-based milk instead of cow’s milk
- Have a salad topped with meat instead of a large steak with a small side of vegetables
- Naturally lower-fat cheeses, such as goat cheese, instead of full-fat cheeses
If you need help finding healthy alternatives to your favorite foods, talk to our dining staff. We make senior wellness and health a priority for our residents. Our kitchen staff offers many new, healthy dishes to our residents along with standard favorites. Don’t be afraid to try some of the creations from our dining services for new experiences and tasty foods.
Enjoy a Variety of Colors of Food for Good Eating Habits
Make your plate as colorful as possible. Choose colorful fruits and vegetables to make at least half of your meal. The food will be more appealing, and you will get a greater variety of vitamins and minerals from the food.
No, you don’t have to have a salad every day. However, changing your eating habits to incorporate different foods regularly ensures that you meet your body’s dietary needs. Plus, you won’t get bored with meals when you switch up the foods you eat.
Don’t Forget Physical Activity for Senior Wellness
Lastly, part of healthy eating habits and senior wellness should include regular exercise and activity. For seniors staying active provides a healthy outlet for the body and mind. Physical activity can ward off stiffness and boredom. Plus, if you exercise with others, you can make new friends.
Other activities should also be part of your senior wellness plan. Don’t neglect exercising the mind, too. For example, try taking lessons or learning new crafts. We have many activities at Southfield Senior Living for keeping your mind and body active. These activities, exercise facilities, and more are among the many senior wellness services and amenities that we offer.
Contact Southfield to Find Out How to Maintain a Healthy Diet Without Having to Do All the Cooking
At Southfield, the staff in our kitchen that services our dining facility will help you make it easier to maintain good eating habits. We strive to make excellent nutrition and tasty offerings goals for our residents. Learn more about our independent senior community for those who want to simplify their lives while staying active by phoning us at Southfield at 855.947.3838. We want to help you to become the most active, healthiest person that you can be, even in your retirement years.