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Lumby, Lavington, Whitevale, Coldstream, Vernon & Cherryville

Your Community Newspaper

Lumby, Lavington, Whitevale, Coldstream, Vernon & Cherryville

Your Community Newspaper

Lumby, Lavington, Whitevale, Coldstream, Vernon & Cherryville

Healthy Eating is Important for Seniors

Healthy Eating is Important for Seniors

We know healthy eating is important regardless of age but what it looks like does change.  There are many reasons to having a healthy diet, build and repair bones and tissues, keep the body functioning optimally, as well as, the mental and physical energy needed for daily life. Eating healthy can also help protect us from illnesses, chronic diseases, enabling us to age with minimal ill health, pain or even disability.

There are many people who are unsure how to choose the right foods for themselves and might not realize as people age, the need for calories decreases but the need for the nutrients increases. Our goal is to share information from the Healthy Eating for Seniors Guide produced by the Province of BC by doing a series of articles on how you can eat healthier. Each series will cover a specific topic on how to eat healthier, this will include information on why to eat well, finding a balance, eating well for chronic illness and more. There are many people who think they are eating healthy but might not realized they might be malnourished, either through overconsumption of foods that should be eaten in moderation or even under-consumption of nutritious food. These series will help guide you on your path to healthy eating. 

Some ways to get started today can be as simple as following the updated Canadian Food Guide; it  recommends half of your plate should be vegetables and to eat a vegetable or fruit with every meal. A quarter should be grains with the serving being about the size of a hockey puck. Finally the other quarter of your plate should be a protein, about the size of a deck of cards. Milk and milk products are now included in the protein category of the new food Canada Food Guide.

Here are some ideas to help make eating healthy easier and to save money;

Make eating a social experience, eat meals with others in your home or with friends. Attend a group lunch offered in our community.

Make water your drink of choice, it can be made more interesting by adding in cucumber, mint, frozen fruit or herbal teas. 

Make a meal plan and shop from what you already have, to save money and it reduces decision fatigue when it comes to preparing a meal if you have a plan. This strategy can also reduce food waste.

Don’t for forget to shop on seniors’ sales days.

Shop the flyers to see what is on sale before you shop.

Go grocery shopping with a friend to make it a fun outing and share the products as the quantities are more than one needs sometimes and buying in bulk can save money.

Cook once and eat twice, make a meal that will last more than one meal, or cook a protein that can be made into two meals

Batch cook with a friend and make freezer meals.

Our next Healthy Eating article will discuss why you need eat well, aging-the basics, the basics of eating well and how to use the Healthy Eating for Seniors Guide.

Whitevalley Resource Center would like to thank our sponsors, The United Way, and Interior Health.

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