You may have heard of the flexitarian diet; basically it’s mostly vegetarian with the added flexibility of eating a little bit of fish, poultry and meat now and then. So many diet fads come and go, and then come back around again. But despite all these fads, it’s commonly agreed that the person who eats more plant-based foods overall consumes less calories and has lower blood cholesterol.
So, can an assisted living facility accommodate this kind of eating style? Most of them can, actually. Of course, you may want to check out the menu and what options you have before you decide which assisted living center is right for you.
Atherosclerosis is a type of heart disease, which is caused by too high of cholesterol levels in the blood. When you eat whole foods rather than processed ones, it helps to limit the risks of high blood cholesterol. That’s one of the goals of the flexitarian diet.
Some of the excellent heart-healthy food choices include:
- Fish with high oil content contains a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids. It can be canned or fresh. Fish helps to stabilize the heart rate, lower blood pressure and reduce inflammation. It also lessens the risk of a stroke.
- Whole grains. These have been receiving a lot of accolades lately, as people become more aware of the heart-healthy benefits. The fiber they contain, beta-glucan, help to reduce cholesterol and protect against heart disease. Oats are particularly beneficial.
- Beans. They are a good source of magnesium, which keeps blood pressure at a good level, and folate which is heart healthy. Darker colored beans contain more antioxidants, so choose black, red and other dark colored beans more often.
- Nuts. Walnuts are full of sterols which are good at reducing cholesterol in the gut. They also boast a good supply of vitamin E, fiber, omega-3, protein and potassium. Pistachios, cashews, walnuts and almonds are all great nut sources.
- Olive oil. The extra-virgin variety is higher in polyphenols, which are one of the beneficial ingredients. They also deliver antioxidants and healthy fats.
You can keep some nuts in your apartment to snack on, and use the main menu at the dining room to assemble the rest of your flexitarian diet. Most of your meals can just be eaten along with everyone else. If they serve meat too often for your liking, just let them know you would only care for meat 3 times per week or whatever you decide works the best for you.
For more information about Pipestone Place Assisted Living Facilities in Shavano Park, TX or to take a tour, call today (210) 718-0211.
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