Foods to Include in a Senior’s Diet

As the human body ages years of activity or inactivity pays a heavy toll on our body’s health and our energy levels. Choosing what to eat to help us track and maintain an exercise routine is important. Since we get our energy from digesting foods, it is important for us to pick the right foods to get the nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that the human body needs on a daily basis. In home care and assistance can include the preparation of foods and maintaining a healthy diet. Sometimes we don’t know what to eat, so can you make a decision about what types of foods to purchase or have purchased to have in our home?

Dieter Hogan is known throughout the world for being an Olympic Athletic Coach. He has been training and advising athletes since the 90’s trying to help them eat foods that are healthy and will give them energy. The suggested foods become an important part of the efforts to achieve a high level of fitness, performance, and general health. The following list is a list of five food types he and his trainees eat to stay fit and healthy.

Nuts and Seeds

Nuts and seeds provide a high amount of the healthy fatty acids, fiber, amino acids, and antioxidants that our bodies need, making them a very nutritious part of our diet. Walnuts and flax seeds are great examples that can be supplemented as part of your diet.

Omega-3 foods and supplements

Omega-3 foods and supplements are necessary for a number of body parts to function correctly. The brain, heart, eyes, and ears are some examples of the parts of the body that need the Omega-3 to function properly. Flax, chia, eggs, salmon, trout, and hearings are all good examples of foods that contain Omega-3.

Herbs and Spices

Herbs and spices can include some cancer fighting antioxidants and can help the body improve digestion. Some great examples of herbs are Basil, dill, turmeric, pepper, and cilantro.

Low-Starch Vegetables

Low-starch and no starch vegetables are low in calories while providing the body fiber, help to stabilized blood sugar level, and have a combination of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and phyto chemical. Some great vegetables include dark leafy greens and tomatoes. Some great ways to eat the vegetables are in salads, stews, sauces, and soups.

Fruit

Fruit are providing a good source of fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals. The only downside can be that they are high in sugar, so having a lot of fruit can mean a high sugar intake. Some great examples of fruits are apples, bananas, grapes, berries, and melons.

By adding one, some, or all of these to a daily diet can make a major difference for your health. Are you unsure or unable to do this on your own?

Ask your family, friends, or caregiver to help you do this. Changing the flavor of your diet can be exciting, fun, and a group activity. Challenge yourself and others to take your health to the next level.

The staff of At Home Senior Services offers in-home caregivers who can assist your aging parent in meeting their dietary goals. If your loved one needs assistance with meal preparation and feeding give us a call today!

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