Feeding The Body, Mind and Soul

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Healthy eating over 50: Feeding the body, mind and soul

 

 

 

 

 

Remember the old adage, you are what you eat? Make it your motto. When you choose a variety of colorful fruits and veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins you’ll feel vibrant and healthy, inside and out.

  • Live longer and stronger – Good nutrition keeps muscles, bones, organs, and other body parts strong for the long haul. Eating vitamin-rich food boosts immunity and fights illness-causing toxins. A proper diet reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, type-2 diabetes, bone loss, cancer, and anemia. Also, eating sensibly means consuming fewer calories and more nutrient-dense foods, keeping weight in check.
  • Sharpen the mind – Key nutrients are essential for the brain to do its job. People who eat a selection of brightly colored fruit, leafy veggies, and fish and nuts packed with omega-3 fatty acids can improve focus and decrease their risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Feel better – Wholesome meals give you more energy and help you look better, resulting in a self-esteem boost. It’s all connected—when your body feels good you feel happier inside and out.

    How many calories do adults over 50 need?

    Use the following as a guideline:

    A woman over 50 who is:

    • Not physically active needs about 1600 calories a day
    • Somewhat physically active needs about 1800 calories a day
    • Very active needs about 2000 calories a day

     

  • A man over 50 who is:
    • Not physically active needs about 2000 calories a day
    • Somewhat physically active needs about 2200-2400 calories a day
    • Very active needs about 2400-2800 calories a day

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