Greetings! Welcome to the Silver Foodie!
In addition to eating it, food has been an important part of my life! I’m retired, after working as a Registered Dietitian/Licensed Nutritionist for 31 years, primarily in health care settings. As a “Baby Boomer” myself, I’d like to share with you some tips, suggestions and recipes to help adapt to the changes that aging brings to our ability to eat and enjoy it. I also like crafts so I’ll be sharing some of those with you, too.
I enjoy trying out new recipes, and like using my “kitchen gadgets” to prepare them. My other interests include playing mah jongg every Thursday, sewing, making jewelry, working Sudoku puzzles and much more. My favorite TV show was Downton Abbey and I really like TV shows made in the UK and Australia. I really like hummingbirds and put out 2 feeders every year but still only get 2-4 birds per season. I’m married to a great guy name Dave, who is also my best friend and we’re both children of God.
I hope you’ll visit often.
Age-Related Factors that may affect eating habits in older adults are:
- metabolism slows down while the need for nutrients increase
- senses of taste and smell diminish
- dental conditions affect the ability to chew certain foods
- swallowing difficulties may arise with certain medical conditions
- various medical conditions and the physical challenges of aging may affect appetite and the ability to eat
- medications have side effects that may affect our eating
- limited incomes may change what foods are readily available
- new living conditions may bring changes in how and what we eat
- depression and grief can impact appetite
A loss of appetite may result when one experiences no pleasure from eating, leading to weight loss and less-than-optimal health which can set in motion a downhill spiral to illness and disease.
I’ve been experimenting with what I refer to as Flavor Intensifiers to add more zest and taste to recipes to enhance one’s enjoyment of them.
- Spices – fresh, dried whole and dried ground
- Herbs – fresh and dried
- Extracts and flavorings
- Seasoned salts and seasoning mixes
- Flavored oils
- Flavored vinegars
- Marinades, rubs and brines
- Flavored coffees and teas
- Citrus juices and zest
- Flavored mustards
- Other foods
We need to add intense flavors to our food to combat our lessened ability to taste.
I plan to address some of these issues in my posts.
Remember to Savor the Flavor!