Healthy eat­ing tips to care for your­self

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - By JAMES WAT­SON

AS MORE and more of the pop­u­la­tion moves into the older age group, it is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly im­por­tant to keep healthy. Here are a few tips which might help you take bet­ter care of your­self. En­joy a wide va­ri­ety of nu­tri­tious foods. These in­clude: • Bread, ce­re­als, rice, pasta and noo­dles • Veg­eta­bles in­clud­ing legumes • Fruit • Milk, yo­ghurt and cheese • Meat, fish, poul­try eggs, nuts Each group con­tains a range of foods that of­fer their own spe­cial nu­tri­ents. Keep ac­tive to main­tain mus­cle strength and a healthy body weight. Phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity is good for you and 30 min­utes on most days will help you: • Con­trol your weight • Have stronger bones • Feel more re­laxed • Have lower blood pres­sure Eat at least three meals ev­ery day. If some­times you can’t be both­ered pre­par­ing a meal, no mat­ter how easy, why not• Have a frozen meal from the

su­per­mar­ket • Pre­pare large quan­ti­ties and freeze

meal - size • Have Meals on Wheels de­liv­ered • Pick your­self up a cooked chook and

have it with salad and bread • Eat out some­times Care for your food. Pre­pare and store it cor­rectly. We have three things to think about here: • Food - watch out for high-risk foods such as chicken, fish, eggs and cooked rice • Tem­per­a­ture - room tem­per­a­ture is

known as “dan­ger zone” • Bac­te­ria needs mois­ture to grow so you are more at risk with stews and soups than you are with crack­ers and bread. My goal to­day is for you to share your healthy older Aus­tralian ideas with a friend and dis­cuss them.

Se­niors tip: eat healthy to live healthy

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