Senior Citizens: Help I’m Starving and I Can’t Get Up

Feb 4th, 2010 | By Dr Jerry D Elrod | Category: Senior Moments Blog

Editor’s Note:  This article was originally scheduled to be posted later in February; we have chosen to move it up to today because of the national interest in diet and health food issues.  Of particular note is the New York Times article of February 1, 2010, in which Jane E Brody identifies food rules worth following. 

In a recently discovered list, we found that more than 80 million Americans live with and suffer from chronic digestive problems.  An addendum to this information said that heartburn is avoidable by steering clear of certain “heartburn triggers.”

The list included: cheese, nuts, avocado and rib eye, alcohol, caffeine, chocolate, carbonated beverages, tomatoes, tangy citrus fruits, garlic and onion, spicy foods, and peppermint. 

Now, if you are also dealing with other food related allergies you may have to surrender gluten, lactose, which includes  ice cream and yogurt.  If you are besieged with diabetes you can add white bread, processed cereal, bananas, and berries. If  you are dealing with hypertension and blood pressure stay away from licorice, margarine, “fast foods,” bacon, palm and coconut oils and canned vegetables.  Processed foods are no nos  for those trying to head off arthritis.

It almost appears that there are more foods not to consume than there are those which are permissible. Thus, “Help I’m Starving and I Can’t Get Up.” 

The reality for many seniors is that, particularly those who live alone, they do not allow themselves a healthy diet, sufficient foods during the course of the day and a discipline that discourages foods which are both unhealthy and quick but not sufficient for maintaining appropriate diet.

If you are a single senior living alone, a review of eating habits is really a must.  You may do so with a nutritionist or your physician.  Inadequate diets can bring on other health issues which, if left unaddressed, may irritate several possible conditions difficult to treat. 

Planning your week’s menu is a good idea.  Include in that menu your eating out and foods you choose on such occasions.  Do not fall prey to the “quick ‘n easy.”  Ere long it will catch up with your need for healthier and more vitamin filled meals. There are so many foods that carry warning signs.  Read labels.  Stay away from heavily salted foods, watch out for cholesterol inducers, Look out for fructose and artificial sweetners.  Be aware of the scales.  Stay disciplined with your bed time snacks, e.g. ice cream and other “fats.”  Watch out for trans and saturated fats. 

It may sound as if the numbers of foods not to eat would have you crying “help I’m starving.”  Not so.  It simply requires alert awareness for what is good and not good for you and to practice reading the information which is printed on most packaging  in grocery stores today.

Another way to deal with making better choices is to shop in organically stocked markets  Don’t be fooled, however, for some of their products are the same as those you may purchase in any grocery.  Thus, doing your homework is still essential.

This project can bring with it the joy of eating well and knowing that when you prepare foods your table will be spread with cuisine that is good for you, a delight for any guests you may invite, and the chance to share with others your choice to eat well and live a  healthy lifestyle.



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