What Keeps Us Feeling Younger

According to an article in Harvard Health Publishing, Dr. Siegel, faculty editor of Positive Psychology gives suggestions for helping us reach a younger state of mind:

  • Challenge yourself to try new things

  • Bring attention repeatedly to the present moment. This keeps us from becoming lost in regrets of the past or imagining future deterioration

  • Develop a sense of meaning in life by focusing on something larger than yourself

  • Commit yourself to a hobby you love, “when our focus is just on our immediate pleasure or pain we’re much more likely to have difficulty with the aging process” says Dr. Siegel

Other things that can help us to stay feeling younger as stated by the National Institute of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Disease include healthy eating and regular physical activity. They are key to good health at any age. They lower the risk for obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and certain cancers. They may even help ward off depression and maintain orthopedic health.

As we age the body needs fewer calories but just as many nutrients.

Diet suggestions include Eat more:

  • Fruits and vegetables (range of types with vibrant colors)

  • Whole grains such as brown rice and oatmeal

  • Low fat dairy

Eat Less:

  • Sugar, sweet drinks and desserts with added sugar

  • White bread, rice and pasta (refined grains)

Other tips:

  • Control portion sizes

  • Avoid eating in front of the TV

  • Read nutrition facts (labels and ingredients)

  • Plan meals ahead of time