EFS Staff

As we get older and our lifestyle changes, it can become difficult to find the motivation and time to eat healthy. Eating well is an important part of maintaining your healthy lifestyle, and it is something many people overlook. If you are a senior, it is important to put in the effort to eat healthy, even though you might not see immediate results.

How many calories do people over age 50 need each day?

A woman: who is not physically active needs about 1,600 calories
  who is somewhat active needs about 1,800 calories
  who has an active lifestyle needs about 2,000-2,200 calories
A man: who is not physically active needs about 2,000 calories
  who is somewhat active needs about 2,200-2,400 calories
  who has an active lifestyle needs about 2,400-2,800 calories

Source: National Institute of Aging

If you are older and live alone, it can be difficult to motivate yourself to cook your own meals. It can seem easier to order take-out, choosing the easy route to feed yourself. The problem is, when you order out, not only does it cost more but quite often you are not getting the healthy benefits that you would get from cooking yourself a hearty meal.

Here are a few ways to get in the habit of eating healthy while having fun:

  • Batch cooking – instead of preparing one meal at a time, make a big batch of something you love and then freeze it in individual portions.  Homemade TV dinners, with your favourite foods.
  • Cook with a friend – alternate cooking dates with your friends.  Prepare a meal with them and next time have them cook you dinner.  Many hands make light work.  (be a good friend, and make sure you help with the clean-up)
  • Take a cooking class – If you love a certain type of food, take a class and learn how to cook it properly.  This is also a great way to meet new people.
  • Trade Services – If you hate cooking, and love gardening – or some other task –  find someone in your community that loves cooking and hates gardening.  Trade your time in the garden for their time in the kitchen.  Win/Win is a great outcome.

In addition to regular exercise, eating nutritiously is one of the best things seniors can do to maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Consult a physician regarding the steps you should take to improve your diet to ensure you live a long and healthy life.

Here are some great resources to find healthy and tasty meal ideas:

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