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February 12, 2024


Fork Your Way to Health: Essential Senior Nutrition Tips (Even Without a Doctor's Visit!)

As we age, our bodies crave nourishment differently. But before you schedule a doctor's appointment, here's a delicious roadmap to keep you feeling your best! This month at Gencare Lifestyle, we're all about "Putting Your Best Fork Forward" – making smart food choices that fuel your vibrant life.

Simple Steps, Big Results:

These American Heart Association guidelines are a fantastic starting point for healthy eating after 60:

  • Sugar Savvy: Aim for less than 25 grams for women and 36 grams for men. (Think: skipping sugary drinks and processed snacks.)
  • Protein Power: Include 5-6 ounces of lean protein daily. Fish, poultry, eggs, beans, nuts, and seeds are all excellent choices.
  • Sodium Smackdown: Limit your intake to 1,400 milligrams (mg) per day, roughly half a teaspoon of salt. (Read labels carefully and opt for herbs and spices to add flavor.)
  • H2O Hero: 6-8 glasses of water keep you hydrated and prevent constipation. Fruits, vegetables, soups, and teas also contribute to your daily fluid needs.
  • Saturated Fat Slash: Keep saturated fat intake below 5-6% of your total calories. (Focus on lean meats, fish, and plant-based options.)

Personalized Power-Ups:

While these guidelines offer a solid foundation, consulting a doctor or registered dietitian can personalize your plan further. They can assess your individual needs and health goals, ensuring you get the specific vitamins and minerals your body craves.

Ready to Put Your Best Fork Forward this month? Let Gencare Lifestyle be your partner in healthy living!  Contact us today to learn more about our delicious, nutritious dining options, Whole Life Living wellness programs, and vibrant senior living communities.

By Candace Snapp, GenCare Lifestyle Corporate Director of Vitality

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