The foods we eat may be a big factor in deciding our moods and how we feel.
We know that we tend to eat certain foods when we experience certain feelings, like chocolate when we feel sad or bread when we feel like we need energy. What we don't think about is how to choose certain foods to have a positive impact on our moods.
Research shows that one of the things we tend to do as we age is restrict our diets to foods we are comfortable with, or easy or inexpensive to prepare, or that don't require a lot of energy or time. We have found that eating the same foods frequently, even when they are considered healthful foods such as salads, can have a negative effect on how we feel.
Most of us know what foods we should be choosing to eat -- fresh is best, limit processed and fast foods as well as sugars and salt. What we can do better is give our diets more variety. If we always eat wheat toast in the morning change that up to rye one day, all grain the next, wheat the next, etc.
If we always eat salad at supper, great, but change it up. Lettuce one day, cabbage the next, mixed greens the next. Variety assures we are getting the proper balance of nutrients to keep our moods stable.
And finally, find someone to eat with. Senior centers and congregate meals offer socialization and pleasant eating companions. Choose a senior living community that provides meals so that meal times are pleasant.
For more information, contact the Good Samaritan Society Grand Island Village at 308.385.3636.