Nutrition Through Healthy Food Choices: The Month of March came blowing in with a vengeance leaving February and the focus on American Heart Month in its wake!
However, we don’t want to lose sight of the fact that heart disease is still the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.
According to the American Heart Association, 2,200 deaths in the United States daily are attributed to cardiovascular disease…that’s an average of one death every 40 seconds.
The way we eat, how much we eat, and what we eat can contribute to obesity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and diabetes, as well as other health issues, including an increased risk of developing certain cancers.
At Pickering Manor, we want our residents to maintain healthy lives by enjoying balanced nutritional meals, pursuing an active lifestyle, and avoiding things that are harmful to their bodies and well-being.
Our focus this month is on nutrition because it plays such a big part not only in heart health, but also in managing weight, getting the recommended amounts of vitamins and minerals our bodies need to stay strong, and allowing us to enjoy a healthy life to the fullest as long as possible.
The key goal is to get your nutrition from foods you eat every day and avoiding the foods that are filled with empty calories. Reading food labels will help you in making healthy choices and hopefully deter you from choosing poorly.
Foods that will help you achieve nutritional goals include:
- Fruits and Vegetables – choose from a rainbow of colors and leafy green vegetables.
- Protein – lean meats, seafood, poultry, eggs, and legumes.
- Dairy – fat-free or low-fat milk or milk products.
- Whole Grains – whole-wheat bread, brown rice, oatmeal.
Avoid foods that are high in calories and low in nutrients, such as:
- Refined grains – white bread, pasta, and rice.
- Added sugar – soft drinks, cereals, ice cream, and condiments like jelly/jams, and salad dressings to name a few.
- Saturated fats, or trans-fats – baked goods and commercially fried foods.
Remember to include plenty of fiber-rich foods in your diet to promote healthy digestion.
This includes whole grains, nuts, beans, fruits, and vegetables. Because fiber absorbs water, make sure to drink plenty of water every day to avoid dehydration…even if you don’t feel thirsty!
For more information about nutritional foods and healthy eating habits visit https://www.choosemyplate.gov/older-adults.
If you haven’t been doing so already, it’s never too late to begin on a path to good health.
Consume healthy, nutrient-rich foods, limit your intake of sweets, make time for exercise (as you are able), and schedule regular exams with your health care provider.
At Pickering Manor, located in Newtown, PA, we promote and encourage a healthy lifestyle.
For information about our living options and the services and activities we offer, visit our website or call 215-968-3878 if you have any questions about our community.