It’s important to get the right nutrients no matter how old you are. Nutrition plays a key role in how much energy you have and how well you feel overall. You may think that “at your age” you don’t need to worry about what you eat or how much. However, it’s never too late to start eating healthy, and the best way to do that is to track your nutrition.
What to Look for in a Nutrition Tracker
You want the tracker to enhance your nutrition, not cause issues or take up more of your time. It should be user-friendly so you can quickly add the foods you eat. The best trackers provide information about multiple nutrients, which is ideal for seniors who may lack certain ones.
You may be looking to gain weight, lose weight or lower your blood pressure or sugar intake. You may want to eat the right foods to improve memory or help you see better. You want to choose a tracker that helps you meet your individual goals.
Know What Healthy Looks Like
Before you start tracking what you eat, you need to know what nutrients are important for seniors. What you ate to be healthy as a young adult, working professional or busy parent may not be what you need at this point in your life.
- Fruits and vegetables are important for energy and other health benefits
- Dairy is important because it provides calcium to prevent broken bones and to help them heal faster
- Whole grains provide Vitamin B for mood and energy and fiber, which improves gut health
- Protein helps you feel full and gives you energy, but make sure it’s lean
- Fish provides valuable Omega-3s for heart health
One of the most important facts about eating healthy as you age is to limit your portions. Your body doesn’t use as many calories as it once did which means extra is stored as fat. Part of tracking nutrition is determining how much food your body needs to function properly. You should talk to your doctor about your calorie needs, but you can also use an online calculator or a nutrition tracker to give you a basic idea.
Consider Health Issues
To accurately track your nutrition, you need to consider any health issues you have. For instance, a person with diabetes will need to monitor their sugar intake as well as carbs. If you’re low in iron or calcium, you’ll need to manage those nutrients and ensure they’re part of your daily diet.
It’s best to work with your doctor or a nutritionist to help you determine what foods you need to eat to be healthy. At Village Green, we provide nutritional meals for all our residents. If they have special dietary needs, we work with them to ensure they are getting the nutrients they require to be healthy.
It’s important to track your nutrition to ensure you’re getting what your body needs. The right nutrients will help you feel better so you can enjoy life more.