Nutrition as we age is our topic for today. Good afternoon everyone! Hope you are feeling well!
Today is part one of Nutrition as we age. Components and benefits of healthy eating
Can you identify any barriers to creating nutritional habit. Changes in your life?
Having the money to buy nutritious food
We'll start off with some basic nutrition guidelines for adults, from Tivity health, and the United States department of agriculture
I think COVID has me in a rut nutrition and exercise wise.
Hi Mary! I think you are not alone. It is very difficult to stay on track during these difficult times.
New to the group, my name is Gwen, Hello
Hello and welcome Gwen!
Nutrition guidelines for adults: *Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables *Make half of your grains whole grains *Choose low-fat and fat free milk or yogurt Vary your protein routine *Drink and eat less sodium, saturated fat, and added sugars.
There is some varying research on the best times of day to eat our meals.
As Mary mentioned, the pandemic has put many people in a rut with their nutrition and exercise plans. The question is how can we overcome this barrier?
Keeping the benefits in mind and setting realistic goals can help.
So let's talk a few more minutes about the benefits
What if you have parents who are against eating healthier
One thing that's hard to do is to change the beliefs that others have. Just do the best thing for yourself, let them watch you and hopefully they'll follow your lead. Good luck Jenny!
Benefits of healthy eating; *Increased energy levels *Improved sleep *Improved cognitive function *Improved body composition (muscle mass, bone density) *Lowered risk of disease and illness *Overall increased quality of life and happiness
Are these benefits worthwhile reasons to make changes in your nutritional habits? That is the question that we need to ask ourselves.
Planning meals is essential to good nutrition. If we find ourselves hungry with no plan, we will most likely not make the best choice.
The benefits are the prize, and many of them are almost immediate.
We've all had times where we've eaten poorly, and we have all had times when we followed sound nutrition habits even if only for a short time. Think of how you felt in both scenarios.
With the benefits in mind, set one or two short-term goals
Here's an activity to help you with your nutritional plan. Describe two to three of your typical meals. Make adjustments to those meals using the guidelines we have to discussed today.
For example instead of cheese steaks and burgers for lunch, I will switch to a salad with grilled chicken breast or a tuna fish sandwich on whole wheat bread with lettuce and tomato. This is just an example
Instead of a donut or muffin for breakfast I will have oatmeal and/or yogurt and fresh fruit
Definitely feel better when I eat healthy but it can be more expensive.
Yes sometimes it is, although eating healthy many times means snacking less, and spending less money on non-essential foods. Also keep in mind budget friendly high nutrition foods that you can stock up on including eggs, beans, whole grains, oats, low and non-fat dairy items, frozen vegetables, and raw vegetables that are not ready to eat.
One step at a time and keep your goal in mind. When you reach that goal it will be easy to set a new one
Look forward to chatting again next week. Stay healthy!
I have a question. How much do private sessions cost.
Are you a Humana member?
New to the group my name is Dale . What about the time of day you eat your meals
Hi Dale, welcome!
Yes I am a Humana member.
I believe Humana members receive three complementary sessions
Okay, I booked an appointment with you on Feb 22 at 10:00am.
Perfect Mary, look forward to seeing you then! And please join me again if you can next Monday for our group session.
Next week we will talk more specifically about how our nutritional needs changes as we age. Please join me again and feel free to comment or ask questions, both general and personal. I would love to hear some of your personal goals and help you to achieve them
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