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Some other tips:
- Each day eat only small
amounts of fats, oils, and sweets.
- Remember, when counting
servings, that there may be more than one "Food Pyramid serving"
of a food on your plate. For example, a sandwich made with two
slices of bread is two servings of grain products.
- Sometimes manufacturers
put more than one serving in a package or bottle.
Are You Less
Interested in Food?
Does your favorite
chicken dish taste different? Does Aunt Mollys pea soup suddenly
seem to need salt? The flavor of the food is probably the same as
always. With age your sense of taste and sense of smell may change.
This affects how foods taste. They may
seem to have lost flavor. You may not be able to smell if foods have
gone bad. You might want to date foods in your refrigerator to keep
yourself from eating foods that are no longer fresh. If in doubt,
throw it out.
There are other
reasons food may not taste the same. Some medicines can change your
sense of taste or make you feel less hungry. Maybe you have slowed
down a bit, so your body needs fewer calories. Maybe chewing is difficult
because your dentures need to be adjusted or your teeth or gums need
to be checked. You might want to pick softer foods to eat.
Do I Need to
Not just water.
You need to drink plenty of liquids like water, juice, milk, and soup.
Aim for eight 8-ounce glasses a day. You have to replace the fluids
you lose every day. But, check with your doctor if he or she has told
you to limit how much you drink.
Don’t wait until
you feel thirsty to start drinking. With age you may lose some of
your sense of thirst. In addition, medicine can sometimes cause you
to lose fluids. If you are drinking enough, your urine will be pale
yellow. If it is a bright or dark yellow, you need to drink more liquids.
If the color still does not change, talk to your health care provider.
Do you have a
urinary control problem? If your answer is yes, don’t stop drinking
a lot of liquid. But, talk to your doctor for help with your urinary
is found in foods that come from plants— fruits, vegetables, beans,
nuts, seeds, brown rice, and whole grains, such as oat, barley, wheat,
corn, and rice bran. It is the part of plant foods that your body
cannot digest. Eating more fiber may prevent intestinal problems like
constipation, diverticulosis, and diverticulitis. It may also lower
cholesterol and blood sugar and help you have regular bowel movements.
experts think adults should eat 20 to 35 grams of fiber each day.
If you are not used to eating a lot of fiber, add extra sources of
fiber to your diet slowly to avoid stomach problems. The best source
of this fiber is food, rather than dietary supplements. When adding
- Eat cooked dry beans,
peas, and lentils often.
- Leave skins on your fruit
and vegetables when possible.
- Choose whole fruit over
- Eat whole-grain breads
- Drink lots of fluids to
keep the fiber moving through your intestines.
Should I Cut
Back on Salt?
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