Stop stressing about your diet
There’s more to your health than just what you eat. Your mental health is important, too. Stressing about food and your body can do some very real damage to your physical health. Stress can have scary effects on your body. Spending time stressing over and feeling guilty about what you ate will only worsen your health outcomes in the long term.
Add more color to your plate
You’ve probably heard the phrase “eat the rainbow” a thousand times, but it’s actually really good advice. Colorful produce is full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, some of which give these foods their bright hues. Orange foods such as sweet potatoes and carrots, for example, have lots of beta-carotene. This nutrient helps maintain your eyesight. “Emphasizing a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, mushrooms, nuts, seeds, herbs and spices will provide innumerable phytonutrients and types of fibers, as well as vitamins and minerals, that all work synergistically to protect your health,” Hever says.
Make plans to eat meals with friends
What you eat is important, but how you spend mealtimes makes a difference in your health, as well. Studies show that people who keep in contact with their loved ones live longer than those who feel isolated. Pick up the phone and call a friend! If you live with family, sit down together and enjoy conversation while you eat your meals.
Make sure to eat enough protein
Some people eat too much protein, but others don’t eat enough. As you get older, it becomes increasingly important to give your body the amino acids it needs. “We naturally lose muscle as we age,” Stefanski says. “This condition, known as sarcopenia, can be helped by including regular physical activity, along with including a small amount of protein at each meal.” Stefanski explains that this can also help to balance blood sugar. “Protein does not raise blood sugar as quickly or as greatly as foods high in sugar or options from the grain group,” she says. If you do eat something with a lot of carbs, balance this with a protein-rich food and some healthy fats.
Stop eating foods you don’t enjoy
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