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31 August, 2016

Simple and Healthy Vegetarian Diet in Old Age

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“It’s [old age] not a surprise, we knew it was coming – make the most of it. So you may not be as fast on your feet, and the image in your mirror may be a little disappointing, but if you are still functioning and not in pain, gratitude should be the name of the game.”
― Betty WhiteIf You Ask Me

I loved the quote about old age I found on Goodreads. Explains Old Age the last part of our journey in the walk called life!

I don’t want to paint a picture where life is difficult and tiresome; no, life is a gift that you need to live. Make it as interesting and as delightful as you can. Just because I get old does not mean I should weigh down on my partner, my children or just the society around me.

I am a responsible adult and I should take charge of my life.  

 Now I have no responsibilities of taking care of my children or even caring for the children, for once I can live life to be what I want to be.

For that, I need to be economically stable and live a reasonably healthy and fulfilled life.

To be economically stable contact my husband he can help you, no jokes he is in personal finance and the way he helps you invest.

To live reasonably healthy lives work on it:

  • Develop hobbies,

  • Get in touch with friends if they are long gone make new friends,

  • Exercise,

  • Eat Simple and Healthy Vegetarian  Diet  in Old Age. (You can eat a non-vegetarian diet but then I am a vegetarian cooker).

Believe me, I cannot get my father to come and stay here in Goa as he has his friends in Dharwad and frankly he is busy doing what he wants.

Gets on my nerves for I believe what he does is stupidity but at least he is not glued to TV. He goes out to meet people and is healthy and active enough to drive around and give a helping hand. Of course, he has his problems but those are something that has to be worked around.

The next month, that is September as a part of the Blogging Marathon I am a part of the #Cooking Carnival.

Blogging Marathon #68

Cooking Carnival

Srivalli has given us quite a free hand and we are free to work around our chosen theme.

I have chosen Simple and Healthy Vegetarian Diet  in Old Age reason, my father. He found nothing on the internet that is something,” that is not dal chawal, khichdi as old age food and the foreign sites they use, eggs, chicken, cheeses that are not available here!” Yes, he is a non-vegetarian convert does not eat eggs also. I told you he does have his quirks!

It’s difficult for a man who has eaten quite a variety of foods, he was my mentor in eating  food, he developed my interest in food, cooking and dishing it up. Now that he is alone he has someone to cook for him. But then he wants different things that she cannot understand or produce. This is a small way to give him some Simple and Healthy Vegetarian Diet  in Old Age that he can make by himself (he is an extremely good cook so he will come up with something much more interesting).

But before here is the synopsis of what I have read up on old age. Let me be very frank none of this is original. It’s what I have copied from various sources and as usual, I don’t know where.

 In your old age, what is an ideal diet?

The ideal diet in old age as in young age should be wholesome and nutritious. Like all of us, the old too need carbohydrates, proteins, fats, mineral & vitamins apart from dietary fibre and water, plenty of water. It does not matter whether your  diet is a vegetarian or non-vegetarian  remember the food should be chewed so that it is easily digested.

In case you do not have all your permanent teeth then please get dentures made for yourself. It is a painful process getting used to them but so is living, just because it’s painful you do not give up living. What happens is that you begin having liquid or semi-solid food. The nutritional value of your food decreases. As it is you will be having restrictions due to diabetics, blood pressure, heart ailments this has already placed a restriction on the foodstuff that you can consume. Don’t add to it!

Still, where there is a genuine difficulty in chewing, then the vegetables can be chopped fine or pureed. Remember Milk, Paneer, Egg-white, soft raw fruits like banana, papaya, cooked apples and fruit juices are important in your diet. In case you do eat non-vegetarian food then well-cooked and minced chicken or fish is welcome. Salads and soups are an important part of your diet. If you’re not suffering from diabetics; ice creams, jellies and puddings are welcome but in moderation.

Why is all this important now in old age? Should you not be eating less now?

No, you may have low immunity, weak bones, poor digestion and fatigue. Your body may not cooperate with the demands of your mind. To add to your woes you may suffer from diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, high blood pressure or high cholesterol, etc. Why now?All this is because now your body  cells and tissues grow way slower.Your body is degenerating and hence your nutrition needs are more. Which means you should be eating right and not less.

Your body still needs vitamins, proteins, minerals, fluids and carbohydrates. Cannot expect you to finish all these dietary needs in 3 meals all these nutrients have to be packed in easy-to-digest and easy-to-absorb, small frequent meals which are spread out and spaced well over the entire day.

We keep hearing that during ageing there are a lot of free radical released in the body.  This results in weak muscles, greying and falling of hair, reduced skin tone, susceptibility to colds and coughs and lack of energy. Vitamins like vitamin E, C, A and other some minerals are essential in right quantities to reduce the ill-effects of free radicals in the body.

With menopause, Women’s bodies can absorb lesser calcium and may get weakness in joints and are susceptible to fractures.

In a nutshell, these are the tips that we can use not just in old age but inculcate in our lives now to help us in our old age.

  • In case you suffer from any medical disorder, consult a professional nutrition consultant for your individual requirement.
  • Aid digestion, absorption and prevent fatigue eat 6-7 small meals, in a day every day.
  • Processed foods with artificial colours and preservatives are a definite no-no.
  • Water is the elixir of life. Drink up at least 10-5 glasses of water in a day. This will help prevent dehydration as your muscular density has decreased your susceptibility to dehydration high.
  • Stepping  out? Carry a small and healthy snack with you. Can be a banana or the energy bars that I will be writing about later this month. This way you will avoid eating out.
  • Eat Potassium-rich foods like jeera/cumin seeds, mousambi/sweet limes, methi/fenugreek seeds and coconut water are good for muscular flexibility, prevent water retention and swellings and help maintain blood pressure.
  • Just because you need food soft do not overcook it. You are destroying nutrients. Choose methods or select foods which need less time to cook.
  • Your aching joints are no excuse exercise regularly, stretch and do yoga this helps absorption of nutrients.
  • The use of mustard oil or olive oil is recommended not only to prevent high cholesterol but also improve good cholesterol in the blood.
  • I like what they do in my Bhabhi’s place. Breakfast is full of fruits, seasonal fruits minimum 2-3 fruits it works as antioxidants and prevents constipation.
  • Eat egg whites they are a source of protein so very important for repair of worn out cells and tissues. In case you are a vegetarian low-fat paneer is a good substitute.
  • Adding curd to the chapatti dough will increase their nutritional value, besides keeping them soft.
  • Your dinner should be by 7.30-8 pm and vegetable soups without cream and thickening agents like cornflour or potato are healthy and a meal.

For a healthier diet do follow this space as I come up with new and healthier recipes. The first being tomorrow.

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