Joy­ful eat­ing

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.

Australian Women’s Weekly NZ - - HEALTH -

BE AD­VEN­TUR­OUS

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.

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