They say that you are what you eat. When it comes to seniors, this becomes more difficult. A lesser appetite, makes getting enough of the right nutrients a challenge, or a lack of interest in cooking, as was the case with my mother, adds to the difficulty.
Loneliness and depression - having to eat alone may add to disinterest and loss of appetite. Food may not be very appealing, because of taste and smell changes. Illness and medications can affect taste too. Poor teeth or dentures may make chewing difficult. Shopping and cooking may be difficult because of arthritis, walking problems, or lack of transportation.
One of the main benefits to living in a retirement home is that it provides the nutritional needs of seniors. Varied and healthy meals are usually provided. In our research, geriatric doctors typically say that even if seniors get one good meal a day, they are happy.
They Say that You Are What You Eat
This saying, according to phrases.org, comes from a couple of sources. Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote, in Physiologie du Gout, ou Meditations de Gastronomie Transcendante, 1826:
"Dis-moi ce que tu manges, je te dirai ce que tu es."
Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are
Ludwig Andreas Feuerbach, in an essay titled Concerning Spiritualism and Materialism, 1863/4, wrote:
"Der Mensch ist, was er ißt."
That translates into English as 'man is what he eats'.
The Care Guide.com brings you words of wisdom and research that proves that healthy eating impacts your physical and mental health and staves off disability.
We look at what the Dieticians of Canada recommend, look at the Food Pyramid in the U.S. to find the nutrients you need - the Calcium you need for strong bones, Zinc for the immune system, potassium for water balance and the foods that contain these elements. Good and bad carbs, good and bad fats, vitamins and other informative articles on the nutrition we need as we get older.