Living a longer life is something we all want. But as our populations ages, we are beginning to see that simply living longer is not enough. We need to find ways to ensure that when we do live that longer life, we have a life that is healthy and fulfilling. For the most part, most of us don’t treasure the idea of old age, especially if it means spending the last ten years of our lives cooped up in some old people’s warehouse, unhealthy and unhappy.
But there are a number of ways you can start changing bad habits right now to give your body a fighting chance to be in the best possible shape it can be as you face your golden years. Everything from going to a dentist like the ones you will see at GreatStartHealthySmiles.com on a regular basis to maintaining good healthy feet can help. Eating right is also a big part of staying healthy longer. Here are some ideas on how to improve your nutrition today to ensure a long healthy senior life.
Start with Breakfast
Yes, I know. You just aren’t hungry in the morning when you first get up and don’t really have the time to make a healthy breakfast before heading out to work anyways. But breaking your night long fast is important to keeping the body functioning well. Sugar levels in the body can jump up and down unless we eat small regular meals. If you don’t have time to sit down and eat a true breakfast, why not put out the ingredients for a shake the night before?
You can just throw everything into that blender in the morning, add some yogurt or low-fat milk and voila, breakfast on the go! The important thing is to not just fill up with carbs, which break down into sugars when our own body supply is low such as in the morning. But fruit, nuts and grain with maybe a bit of that yummy kale or spinach can make a delicious and healthy alternative to get you going in the morning far better then that cup of Starbucks coffee you were planning to grab on the way in to the office.
Eat Your Greens
Were you planning on a taco or two for lunch? How about switching out that carb heavy meal at least twice a week for a salad with fish or some other lean protein? In our house, we have a container of cut greens made up every Sunday night to take to the office fridge and grab for a quick salad for lunch. Add in some nuts, maybe some dried fruit or fresh if you have it and a tasty dressing to please the taste buds. Salads are quick and easy in the summer months when it seems that every type of green is fresh and there for the buying.
How many people do you know that brag how they only eat maybe one meal a day? How often have you headed out for lunch with friends and commented that you haven’t eaten all day? These kinds of eating habits are hard on our body and create health problems later in life. If you want to continue to enjoy life later, take the time to enjoy your meals now.
Ideally, we should be eating 3-5 times a day and not in a rush as we watch our computer screens or on a bus or train on the way home. Our bodies are made for us to be grazing in small amounts, so snack on healthy foods, eat proper meals and remember to brush after each meal to ensure that your smile stays bright for years to come.