-Dr.Kathy Johnson, PhD, CMC
Eating on the run is something that we are all familiar with and probably have done more than we would care to admit. However, it is important to remember no matter how busy you may be, to take the time to sit down and eat a balanced, nutritious meal. We need essential nutrients to maintain our good health and longevity.
Below is a list from FutureYears.com that states the reasons why most seniors in the United States don’t eat balanced meals:
• Improper nutritional habits
• Lack of appetite
• Altered sense of taste and smell
• Bad condition of dentures
• Half or full prostheses
• Higher vitamin and mineral requirement to counter the effects of medication
• Unhealthy digestion, poor nutrient uptake
• Frequent suffering from various diseases
• Side-effects of drugs
• Psychological disorders
• Social isolation, financial problems
The Untied States Department of Agriculture Dietary Guidelines suggests that seniors should eat a balanced meal that consists of fruits, veggies and whole-grains that can be found on the food chart, “nutrition for old age.” Or read our book, “Happy to 102: The Best Kept Secrets to a Long and Happy Life” to learn more about the superfoods one should be eating and other lifestyle changes you can make to better your quality of life.
Remember you are what you eat, so eat healthy!