You’re in the prime of your life, and it’s more important than ever to maintain a healthy, balanced diet. If you want to manage your weight and start to feel active and energized, these simple tips from the USDA can help.
- Make sure at least half of your grains are whole grains. When you go to the grocery store, look for breads, pastas, and rice are labeled “whole grain” or “whole wheat."
- Eat a variety of fruits and vegetables. The easiest way to ensure that you’re getting a good mixture is by buying them in a variety of different colors.
- Eat seafood at least twice a week to get its beneficial protein and other nutrients.
- Eat the proper calories for your lifestyle. Senior women need anywhere from 1,600 to 2,200 calories per day, while senior men need between 2,000 and 2,800 calories, depending on how active you are.
- If foods start to taste different or irritate your stomach, talk to your doctor. Some medications diminish your sense of taste, but changing your dosage or your medication can usually help.
For more eating tips for seniors, visit the USDA website here.