by Lisa Shettle, MS, RDN, CD-N
September is a month of transitions that can be exciting but also challenging. We are back to routines and structured schedules from the carefree days of summer. It can also be the inspiration for new beginnings that yield new fears, increased anxieties, new opportunities, as well as excitement.
September is also Healthy Aging Month. It’s a time to prioritize taking care of yourself. This can be in the form of deep breathing, improvement in sleep, journaling, increasing our activity, and proper nutrition.
Tips for Healthy Aging (after consulting with your health care provider)
1) Fiber is key! Get sufficient fiber in your diet from fruits and veggies.
Fiber helps manage your blood sugar and can help you maintain a healthy weight. It also helps regulate bowel movements and can help lower your cholesterol level
2) Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated.
Water is important, especially if you’re eating a lot of fiber. Everyone has different health needs, and how much water you should drink each day depends on your personal lifestyle including your medication, activity level, diet and more.
3) Eat a variety of foods and try not to be too restrictive.
Eating a variety of food ensures that you get the vitamins and nutrients you need. While many people like to follow specific diets that cut out certain foods, a restrictive diet may not be the best option for your health. Remember to eat the rainbow of fruits and vegetables to benefit from various plant antioxidants.
4) Exercise and stay active.
Find movement you love and be active every day.
5) Stay connected with friends, families, and neighbors.
6) Aging healthfully depends on the body AND the mind.
A healthy mind makes it easier for you to have a healthy body. As the health of your body and mind are closely intertwined, combining a well-balanced diet, exercise, and social engagement each day will help you maintain both.
Taking active measures for healthy aging should be a priority no matter what time of year. A famous quote is “The greatest wealth is health.”
If you are looking to kickstart your fall with more energy and intentional nutrition, a personalized nutrition consultation could simplify your life! As a bonus, most health insurance plans cover nutritional counseling visits with a Registered Dietitian.