You’ve heard it all before: Loved ones constantly reminding, stressing and even insisting that you should be eating healthier. And, until moving into a Capital Senior Living community, you might have chosen to selectively tune out those messages and instead go for the foods you most craved at the moment.
Residents at our communities have plenty of food options available at every meal -- including tasty desserts and treats baked onsite daily. But, our talented culinary team believes in that old motto of “you are what you eat.” Proper diets reduce the risks of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer and more, meaning residents could have a longer, happier life in our Capital Senior Living family. That’s why, when preparing breakfasts, lunches and dinners, staff members choose only the best selections of meat and freshest produce to ensure well-balanced meals that are not only big on taste but also -- yes, you guessed it -- nutritious.
According to HelpGuide.org and the National Institute of Aging, older adults can feel better immediately and stay healthy well into the future by fostering a nutritious lifestyle and taking in the right amount of calories per day by watching serving sizes. The more active a senior is, the more calories per day are needed. The institute suggests 1,600 to 2,000 calories per day for women and 2,000 to 2,800 for men.
Those calories come from five main categories that, when balanced correctly, can provide a higher quality of life and enhanced independence, according to HealthGuide.org. The pyramid includes fruits, vegetables, calcium, grains and protein. Our Capital Senior Living communities offer all of these “ingredients.”
HealthGuide.org makes the following suggestions for each category:
Don’t forget that wholesome meals will give you more energy and, according to the National Institute of Aging, help you look better. So, eating healthy will not only make you feel happier inside and out, it also will appease your loved ones. Happy eating!
Source – HelpGuide.org
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