Healthy Eating and COVID-19

This global pandemic has caused a lot of people to think about what they can control, when there are so many unknowns. Whether you are a resident at one of Starling’s luxurious communities or your loved one is, a great way to stay focused and healthy is to try to eat well.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is working to eliminate some preventable chronic diseases that impact the lives of many Americans. The CDC says, “Good nutrition is essential for keeping Americans healthy across their lifespan.” Researchers state, “Adults who eat a healthy diet live longer and have a lower risk of obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers. Healthy eating can help people with chronic diseases manage these conditions and prevent complications.”

What can you do to boost your immune system? Nutritionists recommend eating fresh berries, citrus fruits, or fresh vegetables like spinach, bell peppers, and broccoli. It is also important to remember the immune boosting benefits of green tea, garlic, and ginger. Avoiding processed foods full of sodium is critical for most older adults. The CDC explains, “Excess sodium can increase your blood pressure and your risk for heart disease and stroke. Together, heart disease and stroke kill more Americans each year than any other cause.”

The chefs at all the Starling communities strive to not only create healthy dishes, but meals that ignite the senses. The residents say they are always pleased. “The food is excellent, it really is,” explains Dana Levine. Plus, the residents are able to enjoy their meals without the stress of cooking or cleaning up. Starling at San Jose’s new Executive Chef has more than 50 years of experience cooking and preparing food. Chef Rene Loucel says he loves to cook fresh fish and he makes sure the residents always have fresh fruit. Plus, he understands the residents enjoy a variety of meals. “If they have special requests and it’s in house, we are more than happy to make it for them.”

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