Food In the Old Age
Age 60-70: Good nutrition along with a functioning body is crucial at an old age, due to lack of hunger which leads to a loss of weight and illnesses of the mind and body.
Food is crucial in all ages but is especially important (along with physical activity) in old age even though many complications arise like dental problems, swallowing issues and reduced taste and smell.
One should savour and relish the food we eat and follow the basic guidelines of exercise and nutrition.
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While everyone eats every day, hungry or not, our relationship with food changes, based on our age.
Apart from hunger, our mind and body get the ‘cue’ to eat using advertising, smells, sounds and certain visuals, leading to recreational consumption.
There are seven stages of appetite that influence our eating habits.
... is a question of psychology as much as nutrition. We have to find a way to want to eat what’s good for us.
We make frequent attempts – more or less half-hearted – to change what we eat, but almost no effort to change how we feel about food: how well we deal with hunger, how strongly attached we are to sugar, our emotions on being served a small portion.
Researchers found that eating a diet high in sugar, saturated fat, and processed carbohydrates can negatively affect your sleep.
Foods rich in unsaturated fat, such as nuts, olive oil, fish, and avocados, seem to promote sound sleep.
Complex carbohydrates are found in fiber and starch and are beneficial for brain health as they release glucose slowly into our system, helping stabilize our mood. Simple carbohydrates are found in sugary foods, cause fluctuations of feelings of happiness and produce a negative effect on our psychological well-being.
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