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Living well by eating right

By July 24, 2012June 30th, 2016Moments

Healthy eating is a major factor in working towards improving your health.

Balanced, nutritious meals and healthy snacks all contribute to your body receiving adequate amounts of nutrients, managing weight, lowering blood pressure, controlling blood sugar levels and lowering cholesterol.

Maintaining a healthy diet will also help keep energy levels up, prevent illness and provide a greater sense of well-being.

Tips to increase nutritional intake

 

  • Eat small meals or snacks every 1-2 hours.
  • Limit fluids with meals to keep from feeling full early. Try and drink most of your fluids between meals.
  • Make eating enjoyable and stimulating by eating with friends or family, playing your favourite radio station, watching TV.
  • Increase physical activity as tolerated to assist in stimulating appetite. Avoid exercise right before a meal to limit fatigue. Have a light snack before and after exercise.
  • Provide high-calorie, high protein snacks such as hard-boiled eggs, peanut butter, cheese, ice-cream, cream cheese, granola bars, ensure, puddings with whole milk, nuts, tuna, salmon, trail mix or cottage cheese with fruit.
  • Make sure to have enough rest with several rest periods during the day, rather than one long nap. Fatigue can affect desire to eat.
  • Ensure adequate fluid intake with calorie drinks such as juice, or milk. Dehydration can add to feelings of fatigue, which in turn affect appetite.

Don’t make meal time a chore.  Have fun with meals and be creative with the foods you enjoy.  A treat or two is a good thing as long as you control your portion size.  Remember to exercise for at least 15 minutes twice a day. This will help with appetite and digestion as well as circulation and brain function.

Seniors BC has published a wonderful guide to healthy eating that you can pick up for free in your local pharmacy or health unit.  It is called “Healthy Eating for Seniors”. You can order your copy of this book by calling the health and seniors information line at 1-800-465-4911 or download the pdf here.  If you wish to recieve nutritional advice from a registered dietition or nurse, you can call 8-1-1.