Healthy Eating for Seniors: Following the Color Diet
Are you eating foods that are good for you?
Maintaining a healthy eating lifestyle is one of the major challenges that seniors face today. Not all foods we think are healthy are good for you. Eating right means eating smart. As we get older, we need to be more aware of the kinds of food that we consume. The color diet may help you with your choices.
Food color can help determine the nutrients you need!
The nutrients in the foods you choose are important considerations. You can often select a variety of foods by their colors. Make sure your diet is composed of all of the colors of the rainbow, well at least a few of them anyway.
- Blue, Purple, and Red: berries (raspberries, blueberries, plums, strawberries) are full of antioxidants that we hear so much about. They will help to keep your heart healthy and your brain functioning. We can all use an extra bit of that.
- Dark Green: Broccoli and kale are part of this group. Broccoli is loaded with fiber and vitamin C, both essential to your body. An extra advantage of vitamin C is that it helps reduce the duration of a cold. Now that’s a good idea! Kale is even more nutritious than spinach. It will help with lowering the risk of cancer and helps with bone health. If you have osteoporosis, then eat more kale. It will not cure your bone density problem but it will help.
- Yellow and Green: Leafy vegetables are included in this group. Lettuce has few calories (go easy on the dressing) and is brimming with vitamins and minerals. It is a food group that adds fiber to your diet.
- Orange: Don’t forget about carrots and sweet potatoes. Carrots are loaded with beta carotene which is transformed into vitamin A or retinol. It helps with vision and healthy skin.
- Red: Tomatoes and watermelon may help your body fight cancers. Tomatoes are full of antioxidants. All tomatoes will help with heart health.
Your plate should contain an abundance of all colors for healthy eating. The next time you have a full plate, make sure it has all of the rainbow colors for a healthy meal.
“You are what you eat.” – a common adage that does ring true.
For those looking to learn more about this topic, we’ve included a host of resources below. These include products that may be useful, links to other organizations, and places to find more information from quality sources. If you can not or do not get your nutrients from your foods, then try some of these supplements.
Brain and Body Power: Dr. Amen at BrainMD has developed a daily supplement system that provides three essential supplements for brain, memory, and body health. It includes numerous vitamins and minerals that your body needs.
Online Organizations and Information
Health.Gov: Dietary Guidelines
Health.Gov: Executive Summary
Nutrition Facts: Information about your favorite foods as researched by scientists.
The Benefits of Berries: The Disease Prevention Superfood!
Read more at Guide for Seniors on foods that seniors need!