Good nutrition is essential for everyone. It can improve your energy, help fight off certain illnesses, and leave you feeling your best every day. Most people understand the importance of eating healthily – even if they don’t always do it.

However, seniors should prioritize proper nutrition even more. Eating well can help with mobility issues, diseases you’re more prone to with age, and even your mental health.

Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for many seniors to struggle with nutrition. You might find it difficult to get what you need due to things like physical limitations, side effects of prescription medications, or the decreased appetite that often comes with age.

So, what can you do? How can you make sure you’re eating healthy as you age and giving your mind and body the nutrients they need? Let’s go through some tips you can use to prioritize good nutrition and live a healthier, happier life.

Overcoming the Struggles of Healthy Eating

We touched on some of the problems seniors can have when it comes to adequate nutrition. However, the bigger picture is often much bleaker than that. For example, we often associate eating disorders with younger people, but some older individuals struggle with disordered eating due to:

  • Physical health problems
  • Mental health issues
  • Stress
  • Social factors

Others might struggle to eat due to existing health conditions. This is why it’s so important for seniors to visit the dentist. If you’re having dental issues that cause pain, eating might not appeal to you, which can, unfortunately, cause even more discomfort, as well as bigger physical and mental health issues. Your diet has a bigger impact on your oral health than you might think, so not eating properly can create a sort of vicious cycle.

Finally, some seniors might not be able to prepare healthy meals for themselves. If you have mobility issues, it can be a struggle to get to the store, or stand long enough to cook something. Others struggle with budget restrictions and aren’t able to purchase healthy ingredients. As you can see, there are plenty of potential obstacles to overcome, but it’s not impossible to prioritize good nutrition.

How Can You Eat Healthier With Age?

Whether you’re dealing with any of the challenges listed above or not, it’s still important to know how to boost your nutrition as you get older, and eat for your mental and physical well-being. Start with the basics. Choose foods that offer a lot of nutrients but won’t weigh you down, including:

  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Whole grains
  • Fat-free or low-fat milk and cheese
  • Lean meats
  • Eggs
  • Beans, nuts, and seeds

Try to avoid foods that are high in cholesterol or trans fats, and limit empty calories – foods that might taste good but don’t provide any real nutrition.

If you’re dealing with certain conditions as you age, talk to your doctor about what you can eat to maintain your health and fight back against diseases or ailments. For example, if you’re dealing with cognitive decline or you’re worried about memory issues that often come with age, consider eating more foods that boost brain power, like blueberries, fatty fish, and leafy greens. If you want more energy throughout the day, fill your diet with foods like oatmeal, bananas, and yogurt.

As the old saying goes, you are what you eat. It can be a struggle to maintain proper nutrition as you get older, but it’s important to do whatever you can to overcome those obstacles and maintain a healthy diet. There’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to what you should/shouldn’t eat, but by following basic dietary guidelines, you’ll be able to enjoy your food, live a healthier lifestyle, and enjoy your golden years while looking and feeling your best.

Author Bio

Katie Brenneman is a passionate writer specializing in lifestyle, mental health, and fitness-related content. When she isn’t writing, you can find her with her nose buried in a book or hiking with her dog, Charlie. To connect with Katie, you can follow her on Twitter.


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