As we get older, we endure quite a lot of changes. It is, sadly, not hard at all to get worked up about them.
The truth is, loneliness is worse for us than obesity and carrying a few extra pounds likely won’t hurt us. In fact, some studies even claim that being slightly overweight as a senior may have several blessings.
Regardless, fretting about our weight won’t help a darn thing. When it comes to being healthy, it really boils down to eating the right foods and staying active. Most things are perfectly fine in moderation, but here are some extra tips for eating healthy without dieting.
Follow a Routine
This isn’t to say you can try all sorts of new things. Having a routine is about making time to procure, prep, and cook foods that have high nutritional value. It also entails having a plan for when and where you’ll eat your meals.
Whether you’re constantly busy or have all the time in the world, it’s important to set aside time for this. If you are super busy or unable to cook, a readymade meal plan might be an option you could explore.
Drinking plenty of water is incredibly important. We suggest having one glass as soon as you wake up, before doing anything else. From then on out, you should refill your glass or bottle as often as necessary.
Always Eat Breakfast
You’ve been told time and time again that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. So, why skip it? Make breakfast part of your daily morning routine so you’ll remember to have a good, balanced breakfast every day.
Keep Snacks Healthy
It’s too easy these days to go shopping the aisles of your local grocery and stocking up on prepackaged snacks. Processed foods are not a part of a healthy diet though. Instead of buying easy foods, keep fruit and vegetables on hand instead.
Worried about spoilage? You can also keep your pantry stocked with nuts, dried beans, whole grains, and healthy soup mixes. Additionally, you can prepare pre-made snacks like trail mix.
Skip the Soda
We mean it, sodas – even the diet varieties – are not good for you at all. Instead, opt for water, tea, or coffee. It’s okay to indulge in a beer or a glass of wine in the evening if you wish.
Avoid Long Prep Times
If you aren’t an avid cook and dislike spending time in the kitchen, opt for faster meals. There’s no reason you should be forced to spend hours in the kitchen, especially when you’re tired. Make sure you have healthy meals you can prep quickly with minimal effort for when you need them.
Don’t Eat After Dinner
Dinner should be your last meal of the day. You’re still welcome to have a cup of herbal or non-caffeinated tea though.
Can you think of any other good tips? Is there something you do to stay healthy without really dieting? Let us know by scrolling down and leaving a comment below.