In motion Nutrition for Life!Whatever your age - an in motion routine filled with a variety of fun, interesting and socially engaging activities is a key component of healthy living. The same can be said about healthy eating! In motion encourages all older adults to add physical activity and make healthy eating choices at home, at play and on the way.
Eating well to stay in motion
Young or old, it pays to have a little nutrition know-how! Eating a nutrient dense and varied diet is extremely important in providing the right mix of energy and nutrients needed for older adults to stay healthy, happy and in motion.
Add variety to your eating routine by including many whole grains, fruits, vegetables, low fat dairy and lean meat, poultry or fish. This will provide you with all the necessary vitamins, minerals and nutrients that give you the energy you need to stay in motion and independent. Eating too little of these foods can leave you tired, more prone to illness and perhaps even at increased risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and osteoporosis.
Who says you can’t learn new tricks?
Sure you can, you just need the right tools and a little creativity! We all face many new challenges as we age. Our bodies respond differently to many foods and our lifestyles often change. Many of us become less active and naturally use less energy every day, so we need to choose more nutrient dense food options.
Canada’s Food Guide is an excellent tool that gives you some great ideas to help you make the right choices for your in motion Nutrition plan. The WRHA community nutritionists have also developed a great Community Tool Kit for Older Adults called “Mission Nutrition”.
CLICK HERE for a copy of this excellent resource and teach yourself a few new things!
For many, it is a tough new challenge to learn how to make our favourite recipes for one person. For others, it is a new challenge just learning how to cook at all. Often, food just doesn’t seem as interesting anymore as our appetites decrease, and the foods we used to love aren’t as tasty as they once were.
Tasty recipes and meals don’t have to be complicated, but can be made even better with a little creativity and adventurous spirit. With just a little planning and preparation, some great meals can be made quickly, easily and with little mess or fuss. Use the following “Easy Meal” tips the next time you make dinner!