Eating schedules vary
As we age our appetites can drastically change making it hard to know how often or how much to eat. These changes can also impact our metabolism and thus our overall health. Some older adults may run into weight gain issues due to a slower metabolism whereas, others may run into a loss of appetite or undereating. On top of this there are many recommended diets and eating schedules which can make it all the more confusing. Some professionals recommend eating “every two hours” others recommend “fasting” and some say it doesn’t matter when you eat as long as you eat three meals. So which approach is best to help an aging individual keep a regular eating schedule?
Some experts suggest that eating as you are hungry or every three to five hours is the best approach. The reasoning behind this is that three to five hours is about how long it should take your body to digest and empty from your last meal. This should allow the body to recognize true appetite or “eating when hungry” and also avoid waiting too long to eat giving the body a “starving” feeling. Waiting too long to eat can cause issues with blood sugar, low energy, and even weight gain. Eating too often between meals can cause issues with overeating as well as digestive upset. It is important to note that while many experts suggests differing approaches for the best eating schedule no one approach best suits all. The optimal eating schedule for you will vary depending upon your individual needs and state of health. If you have been under or overeating for a while it may be more difficult for your body to adjust to eating less or more. You should do so slowly and you should always consult your physician before altering your diet. Some healthy and easy food to prepare as you wake up your metabolism are:
- Cottage cheese
- Greek yogurt
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