As we age, it becomes more and more important to eat a well-balanced diet. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle and eating foods with beneficial nutrients lowers the risk of illness and chronic conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, and heart disease. A nutrient-rich diet promotes wellness and holistic health, gives seniors more energy to stay active, and encourages a sense of well-being.
Committing to a healthy diet regimen is smart, but it can be hard to do on your own. At The Club at Boynton Beach, we walk with our residents every step of the way. Our health-conscious and compassionate team members can consult with you about your dietary choices and recommend foods that focus on your wellness goals. Plus, our upscale restaurant features chef-inspired meals that are as nutritious as they are delicious, and our Bistro/Bar serves tasty treats with your wellness in mind.
Ultimately, though, the decision to live a healthy lifestyle is yours to make, and there are plenty of ways you can start living better today. Here are six tips that can help older adults make nutritional choices that lead to a more robust lifestyle:
#1: Drink Plenty of Water
It’s vital to stay hydrated, especially on those hot Florida days. Hydration safeguards your muscles and joints so that they stay lubricated, which is important for movement and flexibility! Plus, it improves cardiovascular health and cleanses the body of toxins. It also helps to keep the body cool.
#2: Plan Healthy Meals
As a community devoted to holistic wellness, we provide our seniors with a wide array of seasonal, chef-driven menu choices that favor fresh, local ingredients. We’re conscious of dietary restrictions and allergies and consult with our residents about their specific dietary requirements. Since each of our Assisted Living suites includes a contemporary kitchenette, we also encourage residents to opt for wholesome and energy-boosting snacks. You can find additional information about senior dietary guidelines from the National Institute on Aging.
#3: Make Mealtime a Social Experience
Eating among friends is far preferable to eating alone, and when you eat together, you form meaningful bonds and friendships. Plus, it stimulates conversation and, thus, the brain. At The Club, our restaurant-style dining room and intimate, full-service Bistro/Bar fosters friendships through food and refreshments. Best of all? Families are always invited to dine with their senior relatives.
#4: Incorporate Spices and Herbs into Your Eating Routine
As we get older, our taste buds tend to lose their sensitivity, and some medications diminish the ability to taste and smell. Try upping the flavor power of food with the addition of fresh herbs and spices, many of which (turmeric, for example) are even linked to health benefits of their own.
#5: Pace Your Calorie Consumption
More than 93 million Americans suffer from obesity in this country, in part because restaurants tend to serve far more calories on a plate than what our bodies require. While the verdict is still out on how many meals older adults should consume in a given day, studies show that it’s critical to limit caloric intake. Rather than eating multiple small meals a day, opt for meals with low calories and plenty of protein. Nutritionists also suggest eating slower and stopping when you feel satisfied, not when you feel full or stuffed.
Some older adults experience the opposite problem and find it difficult to eat enough calories. In this case, our recommendation is the same: pace your calorie consumption. Our team ensures you eat the proper quality and quantity of calories through well-balanced and well-spaced meals so you maintain your strength and energy.
#6: Add Probiotic Supplements to Your Diet
Sometimes the foods we eat upset our tummies, which is why probiotics are so important to regulating gut health. Often called “nutrition boosters,” probiotics are natural food supplements that minimize the effects of digestive problems, including constipation, diarrhea, and bloating. Studies have determined that probiotics are beneficial to adults and especially seniors with suppressed immune systems, often compromised by the use of too many antibiotics.
Come take a tour of our health- and wellness-minded community to get a taste of why we are the premier option for active senior living in South Florida. We even invite you to sit down to a meal with us while we show you around. The Club offers a fresh perspective and focuses on each individual resident to set and meet nutritional goals to foster a healthy mind, body, and spirit. Contact us today!