Healthy Living Basics for Older Adults
First, let’s revisit what we already know are the basics of living a healthy life. Don’t use the holidays as an excuse to let these slide:
- Stay hydrated by drinking eight to ten glasses of water a day.
- If you live with diabetes, continue to monitor blood-sugar levels as recommended by your physician.
- Adhere to your medication management schedule and take all medicines as prescribed.
- Limit your alcohol consumption even at holiday gatherings.
- Remember to take your blood pressure medication in accordance with your physician’s guidelines.
- Work a total of thirty minutes of exercise into your schedule most days of the week.
Tips to Help Older Adults Eat Smarter during the Holiday Season
When you are enjoying a holiday luncheon or party where you have to navigate your way through overwhelmingly unhealthy food choices, here are a few tips to keep in mind:
- Try to fill up on fresh vegetables and fruit. Skip the dips that are likely to be loaded with fat and calories.
- Poultry and seafood entrees are usually a better choice than beef at holiday events. Avoid dishes with creamy sauces or gravy.
- Opt for leafy green salads in lieu of those rich in mayonnaise, cheese, and other fatty ingredients.
- A baked sweet potato that is high in fiber and vitamin A is a much better choice than mashed potatoes or a baked potato topped with sour cream and bacon.
- Wine is usually a healthier drink option than spiked eggnog or creamy drinks made with liqueurs.
- If you can’t bring yourself to skip the dessert table entirely, choose pumpkin desserts, fruit cups, and cranberry dishes.
Finally, if you overindulge at one event, don’t use that as an excuse for blowing your diet the rest of the holiday season. Instead, make an extra effort to eat healthier for the next few days to compensate.