Food for thought and food for the heart

Food for thought and food for the heart

Some of the foods that keep a senior’s heart healthy are the very ones that keep their minds healthy as well. This is a double bonus. Of course, as with anything, a senior should always consult their doctor before adding something different to their normal diet.

Some foods that keep your mind and body sharp and healthy are:

– High fibre foods
– Fresh fruits and vegetables
– Foods high in Omega 3 such as nuts, seeds, beans and fish

A little bit of exercise for the body and mind will go a long way for a senior who needs to look after their heart and keep fit and healthy.

Best Healthy Eating Diet-Pay Close Attention to What You Eat
The best way to find the healthy eating diet that is best for you is to pay careful attention to what you eat and how it makes you feel.  It might seem like a very time consuming process but for at least a few days you should write down everything you eat.  Don’t eat differently than you normally do.  If you usually have fast food pizza twice a week for supper go ahead and do what you normally do.  Write it down and then document how you are feeling as well.

After a few days you should have a log of everything you have eaten over the last few days (a week or more is an ideal time-frame) including notes about how you felt after eating and your general sense of wellness.  Did you wake up feeling puffy?  Were you cranky a couple of hours after dinner for no reason or was your mood fine?

Now, choose a healthy eating diet that interests you.  Whether it’s low-fat, vegetarian, or low-carb doesn’t matter right now.  Just choose the one that appeals the most to you.  If you are trying to lose weight obviously choose one designed for weight loss.  But if you are looking to simply follow a healthy eating plan then just choose one that seems nutritionally sound to you and that you can follow without feeling deprived and miserable.

Continue to record what you eat and how you feel once you are following your healthy eating diet. You might be surprised that the way of eating you thought would be good for you really isn’t.  If you have been eating a very unhealthy diet you can expect to feel a little different on the first few days of any healthy diet.  You might feel a little deprived at first if you allowed yourself lots of indulgences before.  Give it more than a few days so you can really see how you feel eating those kinds of foods.

If you choose a low-fat, high-carbohydrate plan for instance, and after a week you realize that two hours after every meal you feel sleepy and irritable, it might be time to try a lower-carbohydrate way of eating.   You can change from a high carbohydrate healthy eating diet to a lower carbohydrate plan.  Then keep track just as you have been doing and see how you feel on the new plan.

If you choose a healthy eating diet that is pretty low in carbohydrates and stresses protein and fat and you find that you feel nauseous a lot or just generally out of sorts, then it is clear that you don’t want to spend the rest of your life eating that way. Try a higher carbohydrate plan and monitor how you feel.  You will also want to keep track of your weight during this time and see how each different way of eating affects the scales.   By keeping track this way you can even pinpoint individual foods that might make you feel bad or cause cravings, so you can avoid them in your healthy eating diet.

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