Healthy eating is on just about every New Year’s resolution list you’ll find. As we age, exactly what that means changes for each of us. Your daily food choices influence your overall health, how you feel and even how you look. Health benefits of eating well are endless and include reducing your risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, bone loss, some cancers, and more. Eating well can also help you manage chronic conditions you may already be dealing with, and help reduce your blood pressure, cholesterol levels and better manage your diabetes.
- Pass the salt – right off the table. Skip the salt or reduce the amount to slowly reduce your overall sodium intake. Consider other spices instead if you’re looking for a flavor boost.
- Go whole grain. Swapping out your white bread to a whole grain variety is a simple and small step that can lead to better overall health. Whole grains contain fiber that aids in digestion and can help avoid constipation.
- Pick up a few extra fruits and veggies. Never tried a pomegranate? Curious about kale? Get adventurous at the grocery store and throw a few extra healthy items in the basket.
- Boost your memory. Berries (especially dark ones like blackberries, blueberries and cherries) are a rich source of flavonoids that can help boost your memory function. Fresh or frozen, throw a handful on your cereal or enjoy them as a snack and think how smart you are for choosing to eat healthy!
As always, check with your doctor before making any changes to your diet.