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Improving eating habits

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Changing the way you eat doesn’t sound too difficult.

But, if you’ve been doing something for most of your life, and now you’re in your 60s or older, that can be pretty daunting.

What helps is to have a partner to help you. Those residing within retirement communities that provide three nutritious and delicious meals each day enjoy such a luxury.

Hearthstone Communities is one such community. It uses the freshest and finest ingredients while providing plenty of choices each day with restaurant-style dining.

Residents are able to improve their eating habits immediately at Hearthstone Communities, which can be beneficial to their overall health. Studies have shown that the elderly experience a loss of appetite and changes in taste and smell, resulting in fewer food options and less consumption of healthy foods, including high-fiber items, whole grains and leafy green vegetables. Hearthstone Communities offers plenty of healthy options.

Adding protein, which is found in tuna, peanut butter and hard-boiled eggs helps with muscle loss.

Regardless of what you’re eating, there are other ways to improve your eating habits, and it begins by slowing down. Consider drinking a glass of water before starting, especially since dehydration is a concern for seniors.

Don’t overeat. You may not want to waste food from your plate, but you also don’t want to waste your remaining years unhealthy. Also, be careful of tempting desserts.

Planning meals, eating around the same time everyday and not eating before bedtime are other ways to improve eating habits.

You also shouldn’t skip meals and don’t be afraid of adding healthy snacks throughout the day.

Finally, talk to your doctor. In addition, if you live in a retirement community, see if they have a dietician or someone on the dining staff that may be able to help you choose healthy meals.

Hearthstone Communities, 920 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock, IL 60098, (815) 338-2110

www.hearthstonewoodstock.org

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