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We all know too much salt is bad for you no matter what your age. Alongside sugar, it is one of the biggest food culprits for unhealthy eating and has been proven to raise blood pressure which can result in a number of illnesses. For instance, according to NHS England, a rise in blood pressure can lead to an increased risk of heart disease or a stroke.
With this in mind, you should look to reduce your salt intake where possible. Keep an eye on packaged and ready-made foods as the salt in these can quickly add up to become a problem. Salt has a habit of hiding in foods - ingredients to watch out for include anything with the term ‘sodium’ (sodium chloride, glutamate, phosphate for example), monosodium glutamate (MSG) etc. You can easily substitute high-salt-content foods such as tinned and packet soup, sauces, ready meals, bacon and stock cubes with any reduced-salt options that are available.
Making a switch in your shopping routine will take time, for example, you will need to initially allow yourself more time for your shopping trips until you establish which brands and foods contain the lowest amount of salt. However, once you have discovered them, your shopping trips will take no longer than usual.
The omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish are highly beneficial, helping to protect against heart disease and age-related conditions.
Research also suggests that oily fish can help lessen symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Additionally, Omega-3 can improve eye health, fight inflammation, improve skin and help make you feel more alert and upbeat.
To increase your intake of omega-3, aim to eat fish at least once a week. Alternatively, take cod liver oil or introduce nuts like chia, flaxseed and walnuts into your diet. Alongside eating fresh fish, you can also look at cheaper options such as tinned mackerel, sardines and kippers for a tasty Omega-3 fix.
A weekly meal with friends at home will create a great surrounding to develop a healthier relationship with food, save money (if you all pitch in for ingredients), and give you the opportunity to try out some new recipes. It also provides a great social setting to catch up and chat.
It’s also a brilliant way to change your relationship with what you eat, as it can offer you a comfortable space in which to dine and opportunities to be more mindful of food. For example, if you tend to overeat, chatting with friends will provide you with a great distraction that may reduce the amount of food you would eat if you were alone.
McCarthy & Stone retirement developments can also make finding new friends, and potential dinner dates even easier, by placing you in the heart of a like-minded community.
As we get older, bone density reduces which makes taking care of your bones hugely important. Alongside low impact exercises and any advice given by a doctor, maintaining proper levels of calcium can develop bone strength and protect against osteoporosis. Our bones store up to 99.9% of the calcium your body needs for every function. Your best sources for calcium are seeds – a tiny nutritional powerhouse, beans and lentils, leafy greens and dairy products such as cheese or milk.
Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium so is essential to maintain optimum bone health. Although our bodies produce the majority of vitamin D through exposure to the sun, in the UK, between October to March, we do not get enough vitamin D from the sun and many of us are deficient. This makes supplementation vital for optimum health and wellbeing.
Fibre is a crucial element of any senior’s diet. Increasing the amount of fibre you eat can lead to better digestion and a healthier, more effective digestive system. Eating high fibre foods like beans, oats, barley, almonds, and walnuts can also help lower cholesterol.
Not only is fibre found in fruits, vegetables, beans and peas, grains, nuts, and seeds, adding more fibre to your diet can quickly be done by simply switching your usual foods for those with higher fibre content. For example, swapping corn flakes for granola or bran flakes, white bread for wholegrain and keeping your potato skins on when cooking are just a few cheap and effective ways to achieve this.
Launched by Paul, Mary and Stella McCartney in 2009, “Meat Free Monday is a not-for-profit campaign which aims to raise awareness of the detrimental environmental impact of eating meat, and to encourage people to help slow climate change, conserve precious natural resources and improve their health by having at least one meat free day each week.”
According to the Meat Free Mondays website, “Many of the world’s leading health organisations now encourage a reduction in the amount of meat people consume. The World Cancer Research Fund recommends we “choose mostly plant foods, limit red meat and avoid processed meat”. In 2010, a study carried out by Oxford University’s department of public health found that eating meat no more than three times a week could prevent 31,000 deaths from heart disease, 9,000 deaths from cancer and 5,000 deaths from stroke, as well as save the NHS £1.2 billion in costs each year. Former chief scientific officer Sir Liam Donaldson has said that reducing the UK’s consumption of animal products by 30 per cent [by 2030] would prevent 18,000 premature deaths every year.”
Meat free Mondays are a tasty way to increase your vegetable intake and give your body a break from meat.
At the same time, try reducing the amount of red meat that you consume and in particular cut down on liver and kidneys. Liver, in particular, can increase the body’s production of vitamin A. Too much vitamin A can lead to an increased risk of weaker bones. So, with this in mind, avoid eating too much liver or liver products such as pate (or only eat small amounts).
Often overlooked when it comes to a person's diet, fluids are one of the most important factors in maintaining good health. Even if you don’t feel thirsty, it’s important to remind yourself to drink regularly, and aim to do this at least six times a day. Although you can include drinks like low-fat milk, tea and low-sugar alternatives in your fluid intake, water is the best form of hydration.
Among other benefits, water will help prevent dehydration, improve brain function, help increase energy levels and aid digestion.
Aging is linked to a variety of changes, including nutrient deficiencies, decreased quality of life and poor health outcomes which means eating healthy becomes especially important as we get older. Luckily, there are things you can do to help prevent deficiencies and other age-related changes but with all the above, it’s also pivotal to remember that when it comes to changing your diet and your approach to eating during retirement, listening to your body is perhaps the most important thing to do.
Take note of any positive and negative reactions to food and instead of sticking to the routines that you may have had when you were younger, adapt to your new needs and make the most of our suggested approaches. You may find it’s the best you’ve felt yet!
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