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Eating Healthy

No matter your age, eating healthy is important. But as you get older, the food you put into your body may have an even greater impact on your health than when you were young.

For example, not only does eating a well-balanced mix of food reduce your risk of conditions like type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart disease, bone loss, and more, but it can help you manage these diseases if you already have them. Good nutrition can also reduce high blood pressure and lower cholesterol.

It’s never too early — or too late — to start eating a healthy, balanced diet.

A commitment to healthy eating can lower your risk for conditions like heart disease, stroke, diabetes and bone loss. It can also lower your blood pressure and cholesterol.

Other benefits of healthy eating include:

  • Weight management. Eat plenty of fruits, vegetables and lean meats — in the right portion sizes — to control your weight.
  • More energy. Fuel your body well so you’ll feel like being active and engaged.
  • Reduced frailty. Live a healthy, active lifestyle, and you’re more likely to remain independent.
  • Better digestion. Adding more fiber to your diet can help you avoid constipation. Eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains — and drink more water — and you may notice a difference.

The idea of eating health can be overwhelming. Focus on small lifestyle changes instead of diets, which are temporary. You could:

  • Remove salt from your table.
  • Create a meal plan for the week, including smart snacks.
  • Switch to whole grains.
  • Add one extra glass of water each day/week until you’ve reached the recommended amount.
  • Eat one extra serving of fruits or vegetables today.
  • Consider a vegetarian diet, if your physician says it’s okay.
  • Eat your food more slowly and truly savor your meals. This gives your stomach time to tell your brain it’s full.
  • Pay attention to portion sizes.
  • Limit your intake of soda, desserts, and fast food.

Always consult your physician before making any drastic changes to your diet.

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