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27 may

The Golden Age Diet: 5 Foods to Eat After Retirement

RobertCordrayRetirement can be a period of great change in your life. Some changes may be good, like having more free time. Some changes may be less helpful, like dealing with a much different budget than what you’re used to. All change, no matter what kind, requires a great deal of adjustment. The same holds true for what’s in your diet. Eating healthy is still very important as you age, so check out some of the food you should be making a part of your diet.

1. Yogurt

Dairy products should definitely be a regular part of what you eat every day, and yogurt is one of the tastiest options out there. Dairy plays a large role in bone health, which is especially important for post-retirement life since the older you get, the weaker your bones usually become. If you’re not in the mood for yogurt, you can always try other rich sources of calcium, like cottage cheese or plain old milk. Just make sure you go for the low-fat variety.

2. Salmon

It may seem like an unusual choice, but salmon can make an excellent addition to a retirement diet. One of salmon’s major benefits is how rich it is in omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients do a lot to reduce inflammation, thereby reducing the risk of heart disease, arthritis, and cancer. If you’re looking for omega-3 fatty acids in seafood but think salmon is a bit too expensive for your budget, you can always try sardines.

3. Apples

It almost goes without saying, but it needs to be mentioned that adding more fruit to your diet is essential. Increasing your fruit intake, like eating more apples for example, is especially important since fruit contains lots of fiber and vitamins. If you want even more out of your fruit, try some blueberries. They are rich in antioxidants, which as Nu Skin describes, “slow the internal and external aging process” and will keep you healthier for longer.

4. Broccoli

Like fruit, vegetables should become a common sight on your plate. When we age, our metabolism slows down, so it’s best to avoid calorie-heavy foods. (Tweet This) Vegetables are loaded with vital nutrients and don’t come with empty calories like potato chips or candy. Eating broccoli is an excellent option for healthy eating, and the magnesium it contains can help keep your teeth strong and free of cavities.

5. Almonds

If you want to add some protein to your diet, you should stay away from the more expensive and less healthy red meats and instead go with nuts, specifically almonds. Almonds can provide you with a quick boost of energy that lasts longer than other options out there. Almonds also have choline, which is an excellent nutrient to have for improved memory and for handling stress.

In addition to all these foods, always remember to drink plenty of water. Hydrating your body is essential for every age group, not just for older generations. If you take all these suggestions into account, you’ll be eating a healthy diet and be able to live an active lifestyle for many years to come.

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Posted by Robert Cordray on May 27th, 2014 in Diet and Fitness | No comments Read related posts in , , ,

18 apr

Life After Retirement: How to Make the Most of Your Golden Years

RobertCordrayYou’ve put in decades of hard work and dedication and the big day has arrived. You’ve finally retired. Many years of freedom are now in front of you, ripe for the taking.

So, now what?

It’s a question many retirees struggle with. After a lifetime of working every weekday, having so much free time on your hands requires a big adjustment. Many people simply don’t know what to do with themselves. Here are just a few suggestions that can help make your retirement years happy and rewarding.

Keep a Budget

Hopefully you’ve saved up for these years. Even if you have, the best way to make the money last is by keeping a budget. You’ll no longer have the steady stream of income flowing from a full-time career, so budgeting your expenses is a must. Once you have everything planned out, you’ll know how much you can spend on recreational activities.


Now that you don’t answer to a job, you’re free to travel the world. Think about all the countries you’ve never been to or the famous sites you’ve never seen. You can take big trips around the world or keep things a little closer to home. Either way, now is the time to get out and explore. If you have the finances for it, buying a motorhome isn’t a bad investment if you plan to be on the road for long periods of time.


If you have a passion for making a difference, your post-retirement years can be spent giving back to your community. Volunteering for a non-profit organization will not only keep you busy, it will help you be productive during a time when many people kick back and relax.

Read or Write

With so many hours of free time each day, you can finally get around to reading those books you’ve always wanted to check out. Or you can look into genres you’ve never really read before. Reading can also be a good way to generate new ideas for what to do with your time. As personal care company NuSkin says, “reading frequently will keep your brain engaged and open to new ideas.” In addition to reading, you can also take up writing that novel that’s always been on your mind, or you might start a blog to share your years of experience with the world.

Find a Hobby

Here’s your chance to really dedicate yourself to your life’s passions. It might also be the perfect opportunity to try out new things. Hobbies will help occupy your time and give you something to look forward to each day. Whether it’s hiking, gardenings, golf, knitting, playing cards, or music, you no longer have an excuse for putting off what you truly like to do.

Get a Part-Time Job

Yes, you may have retired from your career, but that doesn’t mean you have to stop working. Having a part-time job doing something you really enjoy can be very fulfilling while also bringing in some extra income. It’s also a great way to meet new people and get out of the house more.

These tips are just the start of an almost endless list of possibilities for post-retirement life. Don’t let anything hold you back from pursuing what you want to do. You’ve earned these years of freedom, so make the most of them.

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Posted by Robert Cordray on April 18th, 2014 in New Directions | No comments Read related posts in , , ,