We’ve all heard the phrase: “You are what you eat.” But as we grow older and our bodies become a little more stiff and a lot more achey, it becomes all the more important to treat our bodies to the nutrients it needs. Your body will thank you for feeding it foods that can help keep any ongoing medical concerns you may have at bay.

So where to begin? While you may be familiar with a certain diet that you have maintained throughout your younger life, you should think outside the box in old age to establish and develop healthy eating habits. Finding ways to incorporate more healthy ingredients into your meals is crucial to optimizing your health, so get creative!

Cook Your Own Meals and Try New Recipes

Oftentimes, going to restaurants means eating heaps of processed foods that are high in salt, sugar and fat. But if you turn to cooking the majority of your own meals, you will have the power over each and every ingredient and can infuse a range of healthy superfoods into your diet.

Finding exciting recipes online for foods you have always wanted to try is a fun way to make cooking your meals a more enjoyable activity. Next time you are grocery shopping, buy those odd-looking vegetables and colorful fruits. With so many recipes available online, such as on Live Naturally, you can create a meal plan for the week and be in complete control of maximizing your nutrition with new flavors.   

Avoid the Unhealthy Beverages and Drink More Water

When we develop habits throughout our lives, it can be challenging to break them when we reach old age. Drinking soda and alcohol regularly is linked to heart disease and diabetes, which are huge risks for seniors. Try cutting out unhealthy beverages, as they are more likely to cause health issues than to promote your well-being.

Instead, commit to drinking more water each day. Seniors oftentimes face dehydration, and it is a common cause of emergency hospitalization. Keeping a large glass of water near you throughout the day will remind you to drink, and you should also try to drink a full glass with each meal and whenever you take medication.

By making these small changes to your daily routine, you can better promote your overall health in old age and avoid unnecessary trips to the doctor’s office.

Sally Perkins is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and traveling as much as possible.