Good nutrition plays a significant role in determining your well-being as you get older, and in delaying and reducing the risk of lifestyle diseases. Not eating enough fruits and vegetables is responsible for close to three million deaths worldwide every year.
In addition, dietary fat seems to be associated with various cancers, and nutritionally unbalanced diets, which are often associated with diabetes, can play a significant role in increasing the risks of developing coronary heart disease.
Many of the diseases associated with aging are a result of dietary factors, some of which have been in operation since infancy. Food preferences tend to be formed in childhood, and children who eat a balanced diet with lots of fruits and vegetables are likely to continue eating such a diet into adulthood. Parents who eat too much processed food with high levels of salt, sugar and fat tend to pass those habits onto their own children.
It is never too late to change dietary habits, though it is better to start eating a balanced diet early in life, though it should be noted that nutritional requirements change as a body ages, with calorific needs decreasing and nutritional needs increasing.
One of the issues today is the accessibility of fast food outlets and the convenience of processed foods in our busy lifestyle. Add to this the cost of fresh fruit and vegetables and you have created a society of fast food low-cost consumers who have become conditioned to an unhealthy lifestyle.
What are the benefits of eating a Healthy Diet?
We all want to look and feel good at any age but as we get older it does take more work. Being over-weight or obese is not an attractive look, it drains your energy, you feel less motivated and more likely to suffer from depression. The other issues are poor lifestyle related diseases like type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, hypertension, high cholesterol levels, joint and back problems, digestive issues and mobility problems to name a few.
However, if you adopt healthy eating habits you will have more energy, be more active and motivated to remain involved in your life. You are more likely to look and feel younger and more youthful and have a much more positive outlook on life and aging than your unhealthy counterpart.
Tips for eating healthy
If switching to a healthy diet were easy, everyone would do it. So what should you do if you’re having a hard time choosing the right foods and sticking to a healthful eating pattern?
“Small changes over time result in big payoffs,” That means setting small, attainable goals each day that will translate into long-term results.
Here are some tips:
- Stay hydrated. This will help you reduce cravings and feel fuller.
- Don’t skip meals. Eat at about the same time each day, if you can.
- Get active. Just increasing activity, a little bit may create a mindset to eat better too.
- Have a go-to strategy in place for those times when you are at your weakest and vulnerable to giving in and binging on poor choice foods. Healthy alternatives ready to go.
- Forgive yourself when you slip up. Beating yourself up after a slip-up tends to unravel all your good work; picking back up as though you didn’t make a misstep is a better option.
- Get plenty of sleep. It makes a huge difference in how you feel and cope with life and the food choices you make.
Keep in mind that good choices, like eating a healthy diet, happen one at a time. A few small changes in the right direction can help improve your life now.
Take home message
Eating fresh produce will help you avoid lifestyle-related disease so you can live a full and active life from mid-life and beyond.
Small daily changes in your diet amount to a massive change in the future.
Always remember to:
Have fun, be Fit and Healthy and look and feel fabulous
You can totally rock as you age.
Creator of :Changing Your Thoughts, Living Deliberately and Ageless Living.
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