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Is It Ever Too Late To Start Eating Healthy?

May 06, 2013
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Have you asked yourself if it is ever too late to start eating healthy? If so, you are certainly not alone. Many people wonder about whether or not eating a healthy diet later in life will benefit them. After all, they have not cared well for their bodies by pursuing healthy eating for so many years, so it would not help much to implement a nutritious diet now, right? Wrong. The truth is it is never too late to begin eating healthy.

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If you are over 60, don’t hesitate to begin eating a healthy diet.

Are you over the age of 60? Have you neglected to eat a healthy diet up to this point in your life? If yes, Disability Living wants to encourage you to begin eating nutritious foods starting now. Here are a few pointers that will help you as you navigate the waters of healthy eating later in life:

– At this stage of your life, you need fewer calories than you did when you were younger. Therefore, now is the time to choose foods that are packed with nutrients, and avoid foods that are full of empty calories (cake, soda, candy, etc.).

– Did you know that your metabolism slows as you age? It’s not a fact that anyone is fond of, but it is true. You can increase your metabolism simply by adding exercise into your routine.

– Taste buds change as people age. This is one of the reasons you may be craving foods that are sweeter or saltier than you would typically prefer. Try to substitute salt for natural spices and herbs, and sugar with natural sweeteners, such as stevia.

– Eat your veggies! They may not be that exciting, but they are necessary for great health. Aim for at least 2 and 1/2 cups of vegetables per day. All the vegetables you consume do not necessarily need to be raw.

– Always have water with you that you sip on. Even when you don’t feel thirsty, your body often craves water. Be intentional about drinking water everyday.

As you have learned, it is never too late to begin implementing good dietary habits. You can start today. Share your thoughts with us by commenting on this Disability Living blog post.

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