Food is so much more than simply fuel for our bodies. Vidya Gopinath, who manages a positive living programme for older people, shares her tips on how to maintain the joy of eating after 50.
Circle this week’s specials or find out what’s in season. Then, take these key ingredients and get creative with new ways to cook them. It doesn’t have to be a special occasion – any day is a good day to try a new recipe.
GET ORGANISED – AND HAVE FUN!
Create a clean and clear space and be organised with your ingredients to eliminate the stress of cooking. For a fun atmosphere you could play music or even listen to a culinary themed podcast as you cook.
EAT WITH YOUR EYES
Make your meals look more appetising by taking pride in the presentation. Try colourful fruit, vegetables or herbs as garnishes – they look great on the plate and are also nutritious for the body.
SET THE SCENE
Research shows the environment where we consume food impacts on the quality of the meal – so set the table, light candles and dim the lights. Eating will be far more enjoyable in a good ambience.
MAKE IT SOCIAL
It’s not always possible for every meal, but sharing a meal with family or friends has positive benefits for people of all ages. It not only creates quality communication but also fosters love, security and a sense of unity.