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Posted on July 17, 2014 by Christine Crosby in Eating, exercise, grandparents, have fun, Seattle Sutton

Live Life to the Fullest: Eating Well, Exercise & Have Fun

By Rene Ficek, RDN, CDE for Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating

Being a grandparent today means staying healthy, active and feeling your best.  A few helpful tips can help you make healthier choices and live a healthier life.

Keep it Simple

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Asian Stir-Fry – Stir-fried vegetables with spicy peanut sauce served over steamed rice accompanied by a vegetable egg roll and an almond cookie for dessert.

Healthy eating needn’t be a big chore. Keep it simple and you’ll be more likely to stick with it.  A healthy eating plan like Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating serves fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, whole grains and low-fat or fat-free dairy; includes lean meat, poultry, fish, beans, eggs and nuts; and is low in saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol, sodium and added sugars. Plus, it’s none of the work of planning, preparing and cooking meals for yourself. Just freshly prepared meals perfectly portioned for your individual needs, delivered conveniently to your door twice-per-week.

Re-think “Exercise”

Often times “exercise” has a negative connotation. It sounds like work and who wants to work during relaxation time? If you rephrase exercise into ‘playing’ it becomes much more fun, enjoyable and something you look forward to every day. Including your grandchildren — and spouse, if married — in your exercise regimen is a great way to make it more fun and spontaneous.

After the age of 50 the benefits of exercise includes increased mental acuteness, resistance to illness and disease, higher energy levels, faster recuperation times and better management of chronic health problems.

Bottom Line

Today’s grandparents are active, healthy and up for any adventure life throws at them. Make health your first priority, so you can enjoy the little ones in your life. Call Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating at 1-800-442-DIET (3438) or visit online www.seattlesutton.com if you want a little help with healthy eating.


Eating Healthy FoodRene Ficek is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes educator for Seattle Sutton’s Healthy Eating. She lives in Illinois and provides nutrition analysis and meal planning.

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Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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