What you put in your mouth today will affect your health tomorrow. Dietary choices have an effect on your health — today and in the future. A diet rich in whole, fresh foods may help you stay young in body and mind, but poor food choices may lead to chronic diseases and physical ailments, making it difficult to live the life you want. If you have mood swings, or forget where you put your keys, pay attention to your diet. How your brain performs daily tasks is directly affected by your food choices. The nutrients you consume affect both your reasoning processes and emotions. Poor dietary habits may lead to obesity, which raises your risk of developing osteoarthritis, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Over time, cartilage and joints wear down, causing pain, inflammation and limiting your ability to move. You don’t have to be obese to develop arthritis or poor mobility. Diet affects your physical health, and nutrition is a major factor in whether or not you develop disease, according to a report from the World Health Organization. Heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer may all be determined, in part, by foods you eat. Excess sugar intake affects diabetes and stroke; excess salt consumption leads to high blood pressure and heart disease and processed foods may increase your risk of obesity and cancer, says a report from Purdue University. The United States Department of Agriculture has published dietary guidelines designed to help ensure you consume adequate nutrients for good health. These guidelines may need to be realigned by your doctor if you have medical conditions that require you increase or lower your intake of particular nutrients. To maintain a satisfactory quality of life, partner with your doctor or nutritionist to design a plan that meets your specific needs.
At Norterre, we understand the importance of making healthy choices and creating healthy eating routines. More importantly, we offer a myriad of nutritional options. From the chef-prepared made to order meals in The Laurel and The Estoria to the Healthy Bistro open daily at The Aurora Health & Wellness Center. Plus, we have a full service demonstration kitchen with various classes on how to make nutrition delicious. Healthy dining at Norterre does not mean kale and bean sprouts, soup and salad, or granola. It means fun-to-eat, easy-to-prepare, and made-to-order meals for breakfast, lunch, and dinner – even snacks throughout the day.