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Still Eating Healthy After All These Years

Still Eating Healthy After All These Years

Eat your fruits and vegetables: Cooking at home allows you to control the amount of salt, sugar and fat in a meal.

A guide to a nutritious kosher diet for seniors.

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If you’re trying to eat a healthy diet as you age, you may find it more challenging than ever to keep kosher. Here are some tips for losing or maintaining weight while consuming only kosher food.

Cooking at Home

For healthy kosher menus that you can cook at home, try the website Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller, which has a section on healthy eating. Many of the recipes use spices like turmeric and fenugreek, which provide health benefits as well as adding flavor without salt. Geller’s recipes are easy to follow, and the website includes instructions on various cooking methods. Further, cooking from home is one of the easiest ways to get a healthy diet back on track because it allows you to control the amount of salt, sugar and fat included in a meal.

Weight Loss

Try a kosher weight-loss program. Start Fresh Kosher Diet Plans offers a healthy meal plan that’s easy to follow. It includes hundreds of healthy kosher recipes, personalized menus and shopping lists you can print out. If have food allergies or aversions, or specific health concerns, you can customize your recipes to accommodate those. There are special recipes for Shabbat and holidays. The plan offers professional one-on-one support and a community of like-minded dieters, all of which you can access online.

Meal Delivery

You can also get healthy meals delivered if you cannot leave your home or prepare meals for yourself, even if it is only on a short-term basis, such as after a hospital stay or surgery. DOROT delivers taste-tested frozen glatt kosher meals each week.

You can choose from a range of meals to be delivered frozen and reheated at a convenient time. DOROT also delivers freshly cooked Shabbat meals to seniors’ homes every Thursday through the Lillie Schussheim Chaffkin Shabbos Meals program.

You can also get low-calorie kosher meals delivered by Kosher Diet Delivery, which delivers meals made in kitchens supervised by the Vaad Hakashrus of Five Towns/Far Rockaway and the Central Rabbinical Congress. When you call to order, you can speak with a nutritionist who will design an individual program that takes into account all your nutritional needs.

Kosher Assisted Living

If you are considering an assisted living or senior care facility, there are several that are kosher. Waterford on the Bay Senior Living in Sheepshead Bay in Brooklyn offers kosher dining certified by the Rabbi Friedlander Group with a full-time mashgiach. Boulevard ALP has locations in Flushing and Spring Creek at Starrett City in Brooklyn. These facilities offer dining options that are developed by a nutritionist and supervised by the Vaad Harabonim of Queens.

Jess Walter is a freelance writer who blogs about aging.

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