It’s hard to have every meal be healthy. Everyone knows the temptation, when you go out to eat, to get something fatty and tasty but bad for you. Fried chicken, red meat and tons of sugar all just taste so good! However, there are some healthy dining choices that you need to start making today if you’re an American over 50.
Choices to Make for Your Health: Dining Out
Avoid Red Meat
Everyone knows that meat and potatoes is a classic dish and a staple of the American diet. However, straight-up starch and red meat isn’t the best meal when it comes to your long-term health. Consider swapping red meat out from your diet in favor of lighter choices like grilled chicken or fish.
Yes, everyone loves fried chicken, and yes, fried foods are terrible for your body. It’s a frustrating fact of life that the tastiest things are the worst for you, but it’s the truth. Continued consumption of fried, fatty foods can increase your chances for heart disease, cancers and various other cardiovascular complications.
Sugary Drinks and Caffeine
Sodas are delicious, and the carbonation provides them a unique drinking experience. However, all the sugar and caffeine contained within can play havoc with your heart, kidneys, liver and endocrine system. When you’re considering what to drink, opt instead for something healthier, like seltzer or mineral water.
The average American gets way too many carbs in their diet, mixing them with fats and creating an unhealthy combination. If you’re going to eat a carb-heavy diet, consider cutting back on fats, or vice-versa. However, having both in high quantities makes for a poor diet.
Try to make healthier choices for your food when you’re eating out. Instead of getting a heavy, fatty dish, order something with leafy greens and lots of fruits and veggies. Try to get a more balanced diet and cover your nutritional needs.
The right diet is key to a long, happy life. Treat your body well and it’ll treat you well in return!