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Nutrition SceneIt’s Really That SimpleBY BRIAN NESSELAccording to the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, nearly seven out of ten Americans over the age of 60 suffer from at least two chronic conditions or diseas-able to get off their prescription medication within three months. So, how do you do it?day, and replace it with exercise. Are you an evening snacker? Go in the evening. Do you have a hard time getting going in the morning? Choose the morning to change your routine!es that are caused by poor nutrition. These conditions and diseases include: diabetes, hypertension, COPD, hyperlipidemia, obe- sity, and others.Accept that you need to make a change. Human beings are creatures of habit, and once we establish a routine, we normally don’t change that routine too often. If you are part of that 70% with a chronic ill- ness, accept that your lifestyle will have to change. Embrace that, knowing that your quality of life will improve, too.Make the changes reasonable. Don’t expect to eat 100% clean, exercise five days a week, and drink 90 ounces of water a day if, for the last 25 years, you ate fast food, never exercised and drank nothing but coffee and pop. Take baby steps. Allow for mistakes and growing pains. And real- ize a lasting change will only happen if you can live with it – choose change so you can envision the rest of your life.Now let me phrase that differently: A study by a really important governmental agency showed that nearly 70% of peo- ple over 60 have conditions they can fix through proper nutrition. And, yes, it’s re- ally that simple.Get rid of sugar. This one sounds obvi- ous, but for many of us, we don’t realize where we consume sugar. Sugar is in our drinks, our bread, our crackers, even our spice rack! Read nutrition information and ingredients. And realize that your body can’t tell the difference between honey and high fructose corn syrup – they are both additive sugars. Remove them and you re- move more than 50% of the problem.A healthy, balanced diet can be fun with tons of variety. It doesn’t have to affect your social life, your friendships, or your celebrations. You only need to recognize what food causes your issues, and discov- er what to replace it with for better health. Find a nutritionist or dietician who can help you navigate through your choices and your lifestyle, so YOU can have long lasting health regardless your age!Nearly half of my patients are over the age of 60. Of those, I’d say nearly all of them have some form of chronic condition caused by their diet. That number is dis- heartening but the rate of success these in- dividuals have is encouraging. Over half areGet moving! Everyone knows that ex- ercise helps you lose weight – that’s the obvious benefit. But, I want you to start exercising to help you establish a new rou- tine. Find the most unhealthy part of yourIt’s not the years in your life, it’s the life in your years.200 Westbrook Court, Marshall, MI 49068 269.781.4997 • Fx: 269.789.2289 • www.maplewoodofmarshall.comNeurological Cardiac Orthopedic Cancer Pulomnary Complex MedicalIF YOU NEED HELP with any of these conditions, you may benefit from an inpatient skilled nursing and rehabilitation stay.Heartland Health Care Center – Battle Creek269.965.3327 New Life to Senior LivingBrookdale Battle CreekAssisted Living | Alzheimer’s & Dementia Care191 Lois Drive, Battle Creek, MI 49015-7933 Main: 269-979-7781 | Fax: 269-979-1514 www.brookdale.comBROOKDALE® is a trademark of Brookdale Senior Living Inc., Nashville, TN, USA.CELEBRATING SENIORS I SCENE 4405 19

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