Posted on Mar 07, 2014
Simple Steps to Improved Nutrition and Live In Senior Care
Spring is finally around the corner and we can start to think about shedding the layers of clothing and perhaps even some extra pounds that may have crept on over the holidays and winter months. Getting healthier doesn’t mean a complete overhaul in diet and forbidding favorite foods. It’s all about creating a balance in your diet to also include portioned sizes of delectable delights.
Some simple steps to improved nutrition include switching up some foods in your daily diet. If you like to have a slice of toast in the morning, trade in the white bread for a wholegrain variety. Many bread companies have found ways to make wheat breads a lot tastier than in the past and you can reap the benefits of reduced heart disease risk, decreased cholesterol levels, and lowered blood pressure. Whole grain foods have also been linked to reducing the risks of many types of cancer. Basically, ditch the white foods and try some whole grain rice and pastas to improve your nutrition in foods you probably already eat on a weekly basis.
If you are looking for some other simple steps to improved nutrition, start by ordering and serving foods with dressing and sauces on the side. You are less likely to overindulge in the extra calories that you don’t need to consume. If you really want to cut out dressings to save some calories, try squeezing lemon or orange on your salad for a zesty kick.
Drinking milk is a wonderful way to satiate hunger. If you have a glass of skim milk before a meal, you are less likely to consume unnecessary calories. Milk is an excellent source of calcium, which strengthens bones and teeth, but it does not have to be the full fat or 2% version to receive the same benefits of skim milk. Save some calories and fat by having a glass of delicious cold skim milk whenever possible.
A simple and often neglected step to improved nutrition is to drink lots of water. When our bodies are dehydrated, hunger and thirst signals are sent together and may be mistaken for a need for food. The old saying to drink eight 8 ounce glasses of water might not be completely accurate, but it never hurts to have a glass of water before every meal and snack, just to prevent overindulging at meal times. This will also prevent dehydration and you will feel better overall.
With warmer weather brings fresh fruit in our supermarket and local farm stands. Whenever possible, sneak in some fruits and vegetables into your diet. Eating five servings of vegetables a day may seem daunting, but it can be done in little steps. Simply adding more vegetables to your stir fry, or making sure that the serving of veggies is larger than the serving of meat at dinner time can be the boost in nutrition that your body needs.
If you would like to learn more about simple steps to improved nutrition and caring and consistent in home assisted living from highly trained and compassionate caregivers in your area, call