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5 Food Items To Avoid And Eat More Of For Seniors

The older you get, the more important it is to watch what you eat and to maintain a healthy diet. According to Health Canada, when you eat healthy you are able to maintain a healthy weight, promote your own well-being and potentially prevent the risk of chronic diseases. Of course, you want to indulge once in a while, but it’s important to maintain your diet on a daily basis. Here are 5 food items you should avoid eating, along with 5 food items you should continue eating: 

 

5 Foods To Avoid Eating:

  1. Uncooked eggs, meat & poultry
    This goes without saying, but at any age eating uncooked meat & poultry is dangerous and unsafe. Not only can it cause food poisoning, but can also cause you to have sepsis and septic shock. For more information and tips on how to cook eggs, meat and poultry visit Health Canada’s website.  
  2. High-Sodium Foods
    Avoid eating high-sodium foods such as cheese, processed foods, frozen dinners, and salted snacks. High-sodium can impact those with high blood pressure and can impact those with heart diseases.  
  3. Sugary Drinks
    Drinking sugary drinks will impact those with diabetes. It’s best to avoid drinking soda all together. 
  4. Avoid Processed Foods
    Eating processed foods can increase your sodium intake. Processed foods are also usually filled with unhealthy fats. This can impact your health negatively, especially if you have high cholesterol. If you do enjoy eating processed foods, Health Canada suggests to eat them in small quantities.  
  5. Avoid Eating Oily/Greasy Foods
    Oily and greasy foods are filled with unhealthy fats and sodium. It can impact your digestive system and does not provide the nutrition you need. 

 

5 Foods To Eat:

 

  1. Eat Lean Protein
    Eat lean proteins such as eggs, beans, tofu, plain greek yogurt, and lentils. Eating lean protein can help you lose weight, avoid overeating, and maintain body muscle and tissue. 
  2. Eat Fruits & Vegetables
    You may feel like a child again with this tip, but it’s very true! It’s very important to continue eating your daily servings of fruits and vegetables. Health Canada advises that you eat the fruits and vegetables that you enjoy! Be sure to include your dark greens (like kale and broccoli), carrots, and sweet potatoes.  
  3. Whole Grains
    According to Health Canada, whole grains can give you fibre, vitamins and minerals. Be sure to incorporate whole grains into your diet.  
  4. Low-Fat Dairy
    Low-fat dairy items such as skim milk, low-fat yogurt, and cottage cheese will provide you with calcium and protein, which will support your muscles and help them stay strong.  
  5. Eat Fiber
    Eating fibre is very important as a senior. Digesting your foods can become difficult. However, eating fibre-filled foods will help with your digestion. 

 

The most important thing is to make sure you are eating a well-balanced diet that works for you. With certain health issues, you may be restricted to which foods you can and cannot eat. Always consult with your doctor to learn ways to improve or maintain your health. At Safe Step Tubs, we value our seniors and their health which is why we created walk-in tubs that will provide them with comfort, safety and security. Be sure to visit our website to learn more. https://bit.ly/2nzrpPd