This weeks news revealed that sugar is bad for our health, it contributes to obesity and diabetes, (not to mention it feeds cancer but that’s a rant for another time!)We all know this but unless people actually see it on the news or hear it from their Doctor we bury our heads. Thankfully this is finally public knowledge. Further to this and of special interest to seniors, a public television station recently aired a program on Alzheimers and how sugar and gluten greatly contributes to this disease.
If this isn’t enough to kick the habit I don’t know what is!
Lets have a review of what should be in your pantry & fridge that will contribute to a healthy body:
- Nuts (almonds, brazil, walnuts), seeds (chia especially good for added protein in cereal & yogurt), lentils & beans for their omega values, fiber and protein
- Yogurt – preferably plain organic, without gelatin (you can add fresh fruit for flavor)- provides protein & calcium
- Fresh (preferably organic) fruits & vegetables – provide vitamins & fiber. Eat a variety – don’t stick to the same banana, apples & grapes all the time. Change it up because your body eventually will not absorb the nutrients from that food if you eat the same thing all the time. Be sure to wash all produce well before consuming, even if organic.
- Eggs are a great source of Vit B12 which has been found effective at helping those with Alzheimers – boiled eggs are great as a snack and are an excellent source of Vit B12 and protein which is important for brain health, hair growth, skin, muscles
- Whole grains (in moderation), brown rice, quinoa (a good source of protein)
- Filtered water: if you think water is boring as it doesn’t have a taste, jazz it up with cucumber or lemon slices. Fresh fruit in the water is an especially nice treat in the summer months, add peaches or berries with a sprig of mint! Here’s a little tip: lemon water actually helps reduce plaque build up on teeth, who knew?!
Did you know: Dairy contributes to inflammation in the body, try to reduce consumption of dairy products, replace cows milk with almond or rice milk. Note: if you suffer from eczema or other skin disorders or have constant sinus infections or excess mucous, try eliminating dairy for 2 weeks to see if your symptoms improve. Many people are allergic to dairy and it can manifest itself in these issues.
Don’t forget that exercise is a vital component to keeping the mind & body healthy – exercise can be as simple as walking around the block, just get moving!
Lastly and I can’t stress this enough….READ labels if you use canned products. Remember that items boasting LOW FAT are usually higher in sugar or sodium to compensate for taste.
Choosing the right Senior Care and Home Healthcare agency in Burlington, Mississauga, Oakville areas can be an uphill task. We are happy to discuss the needs of your family and come up with a custom plan to help you succeed.