Nutrition deserves special attention as people reach older age because good nutrition is essential for good health. Healthy ageing is associated with a number of physiological, cognitive, social and lifestyle changes that influence dietary intakes and nutritional status - New Zealand Ministry of Health.
Are you a gold class member of society? Whether the way you eat now is different, or similar, to how you ate in the past, following a few simple guidelines will keep you feeling at your best:
- Eat from each of the four main food groups. Each food group includes different foods that contribute different nutrients.
- Vegetables and fruit (includes fresh, frozen, canned and dried)
- Breads and cereals (includes breakfast cereals, breads, grains, rice and pasta), preferably wholegrain
- Milk and milk products (includes milk, cheese, yoghurt and ice-cream) and alternatives
- Lean meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, nuts and seeds, and legumes
- Aim to do regular exercise and include some bodyweight or strength exercise in your routine. Also make sure you are eating good sources of protein as these two things will help maintain your lean muscle mass.
- You might like to try a new cuisine or cooking technique to keep your meals tasty and exciting. Take a look at some of these simple recipes:
- Mince is a wonderfully versatile cut of meat and is a good source of protein, iron and zinc. Mince is also very cost-effective and can be frozen for up to two months. Check out the Easy Mince recipes on our website.
- It’s likely that your home is bit quieter these days. Of course, there are busy times during the year when you’re entertaining friends or caring for grandchildren but for the most part, you may find yourself only cooking for yourself or one other person during the week. Instead of resorting to tea and toast why don’t you:
- Cook a big meal a few times a week and freeze the extra portions for nights you don’t feel like cooking.
- Treat yourself to dinner at a local restaurant once or twice a month and try the latest special or new dish.