Feeding the body, mind, and soul

June 6, 2012 at 5:17 pm 1 comment

As we age, eating well is not only a key ingredient to a positive outlook and emotionally balanced way of life, but also a way to add years to our lives. When we eat better, we feel happier inside and out. Starting to eat nutrient-dense, wholesome, and yummy food is a simple way to begin a healthy lifestyle as we age into older years. The sooner we get into this habit, the sooner increase in mental awareness, resistance to illness, and energy levels will be knocking at our doors!

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Here at AmeriCare, we found a great article from www.helpguide.org/life/senior_nutrition.htm that gives us an inside look on ways in which we can start improving our eating habits. From providing recommended calorie intake for men and women over the age of 50, to enlightening us with a suggested elder food pyramid guideline, we found these tips n’s tricks to be the exact motivation we needed, take a look!

Calorie count? 

For men over 50:

Not physically active: 2000/day

Somewhat physically active: 2400/day

Very active: 2800/day

For women over 50:

Not physically active: 1600/day

Somewhat physically active: 1800/day

Very active: 2000/day

What our bodies need:

Fruits: Focus on whole fruits rather than juices for more fiber, go for color-rich pickings such as berries or melons.

Veggies: Go for 2 to 2 1/2 cups of veggies everyday. Look for rich dark leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and broccoli as well as oranges and yellows, such as carrots, squash, and yams.

Calcum: Aging bone health depends on sufficient calcium intake, seniors need 1,200 mg of calcium a day with milk, yogurt or cheese.

Grains: Whole grains are the way to go, seniors aim for 6-7 ounces of grain each day.

Protein: Divide your body weight in half in order to determine the amount on grams of protein you need daily. Mix it up with fish, beans, peas, eggs, milk, and cheese.

So next time you’re out buying groceries, load up on these recommended food items and get a ballpark figure of daily calorie intake!

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