Maintaining a healthy diet is important throughout our lives. But as we get older, the onset of medical conditions and lifestyle changes can lead to the need to adjust our eating habits. Advertising Policy Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site helps support our mission. We do not endorse non-Cleveland Clinic … Read More
“We see many patients who have experienced weight loss, and for a variety of reasons,” Dr. Hall says. “The death of a spouse can lead to loneliness and depression, along with the added challenge of cooking for only one person.”
Other factors — such as illnesses, medications and change in metabolism or digestion — can lead to weight loss or gain.
Here are some ways that older adults can make sure they are eating for the maximum health benefit:
Reduce your cholesterol and fat intake and make smarter choices by enjoying or preparing food with healthy fats, which include olive oil, avocados, salmon and walnuts.
Reduce salt consumption by seasoning dishes with garlic, herbs and other spices, and choosing foods that are low in sodium or have no added salt.
Avoid “white foods” like bread, rice and potatoes, which provide no long-term nutritional value.
Drink six 8-ounce glasses of water or other beverages daily and avoid those that contain caffeine and alcohol.
Maximize your vitamin D intake by increasing your exposure to sunlight and eat foods high in vitamin D, such as fatty fish, canned tuna, egg yolks, fortified milk and cereal or supplements.
Be sure to talk with your doctor about how to eat right for your best health, Dr. Hall says. Your doctor may make other recommendations based on your unique medical history and overall state of health.