When your aging adult is ready to start exercising, she may not realize that her eating habits are probably about to change, too. Eating healthier foods helps to keep her body fueled to keep up with her new, more active lifestyle.
Protein Is Important
Protein is one of the building blocks that your senior’s body uses to stay healthy and to keep her going. If she’s not getting enough protein, she might experience muscle loss or find that she heals more slowly than she used to. Lean proteins are the right choice and your senior can get protein from a variety of sources. Meat is the most common source, of course, but eggs, beans, and poultry or fish are also excellent options.
Processed Foods Tend to Have Empty Calories
Processed foods, such as frozen meals, can often be extremely convenient. But they rarely have the nutritional density that your senior really needs. They’re far more likely to have empty calories, which means that the food has caloric content, but no nutrition behind those calories. There’s also likely to be a lot of salt or sugar that your elderly family member doesn’t need.
Healthy Snacks Can Keep Energy Levels Up
Now that your elderly family member is more active, she may find that she’s hungry more often. The word “snack” may seem like a bad thing, but when you have healthy snack options available, that’s a good thing. Keep snacks such as nuts, seeds, and fresh fruit available. You can make it even easier for your elderly family member to grab a snack by separating larger portions into snack-sized bags.
Cooking Might Be More Complicated
Switching to a new way of eating may make your senior feel better, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not complicated for her to keep up with on her own. Consider hiring home care providers who can help with cooking and meal preparation or take over the cooking for your senior. When she’s not having to keep up with the mechanics of preparing healthier meals, it’s easier to keep up with eating healthier.
As your elderly family member starts to eat healthier meals and exercise more, her body will start to crave healthier foods.
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From 1978 to 1986, Sternbach was associated with Automated Data Processing, Inc. (“ADP”)–a provider of information services, where he held several marketing positions before becoming the Director of Sales.
1999-2008 Sternbach was an active participant on the Board of Directors for Proginet–a computer software company based in Garden City, New York. He also served on the Board of Trustees of the Long Island Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society from 1996-2002.
In 1996, Stephen Sternbach was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Ernst & Young, Paine Webber and NASDAQ. Sternbach was also named in Crain’s New York Business Article, “40 Under 40” Successful Business Executives/Future Business Leaders in 1995. While maintaining a diversity of business and personal interests, Sternbach concentrated most of his efforts over the past 28 years towards continuously improving the quality of services delivered by the Star Multi Care Services’ family of companies.
Stephen Sternbach holds a Master of Public Administration from Syracuse University – Maxwell School of Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and Personnel Administration from Ithaca College.
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