When you talk about aging, factors like health and diet cannot be wade away with. Smart food choices, quantity and quality and the type of foods to be included and excluded in the diet plan are a must to be taken into account in old age.
Diet is something everyone who is aging either discusses too much or avoids it entirely. Whether it is breakfast, snacks, lunch or dinner, taking care of not taking too much and not even too little is a balance one has to strike while dining. There are myriads of links to food and medical blogs and books to buy on online that give us a window to this most talked about subject healthy diet and aging.
However, so many old aged men and women have their way of looking at diet, especially, their food habits. Firstly, everyone who is aging has followed a diet plan or never followed any based on their family traditions, occupation, customs and everyday rituals. A lot of times, a medical report changes the whole way one eats or consumes food either at home or outside.
Haven’t you heard many people telling you, “Ah! I will have less sugar.” Or “Does it have salt in it?” They start to filter on what goes inside. These party people are termed as ‘Health Conscious’ people either categorized as diabetic or the BP patients or just conscious of their health.
Usually, people do dieting in the name of weight loss, for a good Zero figure or lowering their sugar level or controlling BP. But changing diet to stay healthy is something very rare, needs a lot of courage at the emotional level when it comes to controlling and monitoring what one is biting,chewing or what goes inside.
“It is definitely a task to instruct tongue to stop watering at the sight of baked pizzas!”
More than eating rightly, eating timely is something which the fast growing techno-driven world needs to learn. The old age specially requires this kind of regulation on when and how to eat.
A Dietary Guidelines introduced by the American Guidelines for 2015-2020 has to give a list of six every day foods that 50+ can take in their daily diet. These Diet plan lists out the kind of foods one can consume are different from normal dietary chart.
However, the one nearing 50s and 60s require to protect and immune towards the possible diseases and inadequacies to our bodies that comes along the old age.
A simple TLC Therapeutic Lifestyle Change, a Diet Plan for cholesterol or lowering LDL brings a drastic change in the breakfast of a foodie Cholesterol hit person. The TLC plan suggests Oatmeal (about ¾ cup), Banana, orange juice, coffee instead of fried idlis, poha, fafda or jalebis that consists the Indian’s normal breakfast plan. A humongous change can be brought out with this change in Diet.
Not all diet plans keep you starving or make you look like coming from Somalia. Not all diet plans make you feel insipid about them. The good news is, Indian and American inclusion of food are different but the diet plan is nutritious same as per the season, region, climatic condition and body type of the people on the continents.
For Diabetic people A Customized meals that contain fruits, vegetables and whole grains. In fact this one is the best for one and all. Usually, all diabetic diet plans have food content that breaks down the glucose into the stream of blood faster so the sugar level is in check. Protein and fats does not impact the sugar level so much but they are consumed less.
A green or black tea in breakfast is a great start. Fruits like Apples, Blueberries, Cranberries, Melons, raspberries, Grapefruits, Tomatoes and Nuts are best for before lunch as natural sugar intake for patients of Hypoglycemia, a type 2 diabetic. Spinach, Soy, Ragi malt, Red peppers, Red onions, Broccoli, Carrots, Garlic, Asparagus, Beans, Avocados, Oats are a great addition to the diet plan.
For Blood Pressure affected people: Eating foods lower in salt and sodium also can reduce blood pressure is what every doctor or every 2nd website will tell you on diet plan. However, how does one knows how much salt to include and how much to consume. Natural salts are necessary to the body. Sprinkling more on food like salads and lassi is a no-no! There is a dedicated Diet plan called the DASH slashing pressure 20% to 30%.
DASH is Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension is a Diet plan introduced for the patients of hypertension. The aim is to lower the consumption of salt lower than 1,500 milligrams. It is advisable to have fruits and vegetables quite high in Potassium, magnesium, and fibre. Nuts, seeds, legumes, lean meat and poultry are a good source.
Cheese, mayo is food type containing salt added to it which should not be consumed. Hypertension has clear connection with over thinking or tension in head. It is advisable to have more sleep and less intake of food while going to sleep for better digestion.
For Alzheimer’s patients there is Mind Diet and DASH Diet together made in for its brain-boosting power foods to include green leafy vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, and (hooray!) wine. It is ranked as the second best diet reducing Alzheimer’s risk by 53%. And then there is a list of Vegan diet, Soup Diet, Arthritis diet and high fiber diet for Diabetes. It is recommended to see what suits you and how your doctors see the diet plans and what kind of medicines are you already taking if any. Food should be staple to supplement the medicinal effects.
In short, a person who is aging must have at least 1,600 to 2000 healthy calories a day. In addition, it is advisable to do 150 minutes (2½ hours) of physical activity to stay fit!
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