Super Food Super Guide for Super Seniors!
by Felicity Dryer
Creating and sticking to a diet is a lot like creating and sticking to a budget: the ultimate goal is for a healthier lifestyle, and one that’s far more beneficial. But the desire for instant gratification always rears its ugly head, causing us to make choices that we later regret.
We all aspire to help the seniors in our lives live as healthy as possible, but helping them create a diet that they will stick with is far more difficult than sticking with a diet ourselves. Much like budgets have a silver lining–in that they can be efficiently done by making small changes to spending that add up over time–dieting too has a silver lining: you don’t have to eat tasteless, boring food.
While the term “superfood” might seem like a buzzword from 2005 created solely to sell dieting books to those completely unwilling to put down a cheeseburger, and lamenting the fact that they were consistently gaining weight, this is simply not true. A superfood, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary, is “a nutrient-rich food considered to be beneficial for health and wellbeing.”
Whereas some foods simply allow for the management of weight (more easily, that is), superfoods are beneficial in that they act as natural multivitamins, with the added benefit being that you can manage your weight whilst sticking with a diet of superfoods. Long has the superfood world had the stigma of being centered around polarizing foods like kale, chia seeds, or spinach, this–too–is not true.*
It’s completely natural for those who have experienced the world culinary world for all its glory to be unwilling to adapt their respective diets to be more healthy; healthier foods are associated with being less tasty, or of having a texture that is revolting to some.
Also, the sense of taste is often associated with different events in someone’s life. Telling that person that they need to stop eating something can be misconstrued as telling them to discard that memory. Realizing that items common to any diet, like blueberries, beans, eggs, and tea, have far health more benefits than you ever realized–while tasting fantastic–is a most welcome surprise.
When helping to create a diet for the senior in your life, it’s important for all parties to know why the diet is being implemented. The range of benefits eating healthier presents knows no bounds, but the problem is sticking with it. As always, patience is vital to effectively adhering to any sort of eating program. Know that a senior is more likely to be against changing the way that they eat is important to the process, as well.
In this infographic, we explain the powers that superfoods possess, and more importantly: what they can do for you. For many, not knowing is an excuse not to try. But this is an interesting illustration describing how easy it is to add superfoods to your diet, making the dieter feel just as good physically as they do mentally.
*For what it’s worth, kale, chia seeds, and spinach can be prepared so that they taste fantastic AND healthy.