The choices we make about the foods we eat are an important part of what will keep us healthy in the long run. We eat to provide our bodies energy and give us the vitamins, minerals, protein, fats, water and carbohydrates we need to survive. When we eat what our body needs, we don’t just feel better physically but also mentally.

Protein for muscle development

One of the most important nutrients we need as we age is protein and we often don’t get enough of it. This is because our bodies don’t process it as efficiently, so we might need more protein than we think we do. Protein is essential to healthy muscle development and maintaining bone and skin health.

Breakfast is often overlooked as an opportunity to eat protein-rich food such as eggs. Some studies suggest that spreading out protein consumption and including protein in every meal and snack are key for maintaining muscle in our older years. When we maintain our muscle fitness, we feel confident participating in physical activities.

Nutrient and emotionally rich meals

Preparing meals at home as often as we can means we are more likely to get the nutrients we need to maintain our health. Mindfully planning what we will prepare, shopping for fresh ingredients and sharing a meal can also help our emotional well-being.

If you find it challenging to keep coming up with new ideas for healthy dinners you can make at home, consider asking friends for healthy meal suggestions or explore a new farmers market near you. You may be re-introduced to ingredients you don’t always use such as bright leafy vegetables, berries and other fruits, and whole grains.

At The Bright Spot, we have several programs you may find helpful to support your health journey.

Protect your bones with weight-bearing exercise. Join The Bright Spot’s Weights for Bone Health on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

Join Food for Thought every Wednesday if you’re looking for inspiration in the kitchen.

And visit the following links for more information about the importance of eating healthy as we age:

Five ways to increase protein intake as we age

Protein for fitness: Age demands greater protein needs

Eating Well as You Age