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During National Nutrition Month, Vista Village emphasizes the importance of good eating patterns for seniors

Vista, CA (March 2016) Every March, American’s are asked to put a focus on good nutrition by celebrating National Nutrition Month®, sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This year’s theme is “Savor the Flavor of Eating Right.” All consumers, including seniors, are encouraged to take time to enjoy food traditions and appreciate the pleasures, great flavors and social experiences food can add to anyone’s life.

“Mealtime is definitely a time when residents enjoy the many benefits of our wonderful dining program “Dining by Design”, taking the time to appreciate each other’s company, centered around meals they enjoy and look forward to everyday,” said Jaclin Frieden for Vista Village.

eat-rightThe dining experience at Vista Village, a local senior living community, features delicious food, great conversation, and an inviting atmosphere. The community’s signature “Dining by Design” program was developed to enhance social interaction, proper nutrition, and overall resident well-being. “Dining by Design” won the Assisted Living Federation of America’s (ALFA) prestigious “Best of the Best” award, enabling the community to offer one of the best culinary practices in senior living.

Essential to Dining by Design are:

•    Chef-prepared meals

•    Signature dishes served with well-rounded food choices

•    Restaurant-style ordering and service

•    Resident involvement in meal planning

Following mindful eating patterns doesn’t mean turning away from favorite foods, or ignoring long-established family traditions. In fact they can enhance and savor the experience.

Eat slowly. We often rush through our meals—either because we feel our lives are too busy, or eating has become mundane, a routine to be gotten through.

It is suggested to eat one bite at a time. Stop and take time between bites. Eating slowly not only allows you to enjoy your food, but it can also help you eat less by giving your stomach time to tell your brain that you are full.

Pay attention to flavors. Try to savor the overall eating experience—the different flavors, spices, and textures. Notice how different foods complement each other. If you’re a cook, experiment with subtle variations of favorite recipes.

Take a look at your eating patterns. Mindful eating includes observing not only which foods you eat, but where and when you eat, and how much. Notice when you snack, and why. Do you eat in your work space, in your bedroom, or in front of the TV? Think about finding a quiet place where you feel comfortable, away from other distractions, where you can eat slowly and mindfully, and savor the eating experience instead of multitasking through it.

Visit http://www.eatright.org/nnm for helpful tips and nutrition education resources to spread the message of good nutrition.

To learn more about a healthy senior lifestyle in senior living contact Vista Village at 760-941-3233.

About Vista Village

Vista Village provides the finest in senior living with assisted living and memory care options for residents. Located in Vista, California, the expertly trained staff provides residents with the highest standards of senior care services. It is operated by Integral Senior Living, which manages independent living, assisted living, and memory care properties. ISL is founded on a care philosophy that fosters dignity and respect for residents and promotes their independence and individuality. For more information on Vista Village call 760-941-3233 or visit www.vistavillageseniorliving.com.

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