An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away: Nutrition as Preventative Medicine

Posted on March 29, 2017 · Posted in Grand Oaks

We’ve been taught since childhood that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. While this phrase was often used by our parents to coerce us into eating our greens, there’s something to be said for a healthy diet and its importance as preventative medicine. Whole foods, such as fruits, vegetables and legumes are packed with nutrients, including minerals and antioxidants that help our bodies fend off sickness and disease, and in turn keep us out of the doctor’s office.

  • Stay Hydrated: We often don’t realize we need water until we’re already dehydrated. Proper hydration is key for brain, heart, liver, joint and skin health—to name a few! Try to keep a water cup or bottle with you at all times so you have access to it whenever you feel thirsty.


  • Don’t Skip Breakfast: Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day, but it’s often the meal many of us skip. You essentially fast while you sleep, not eating for several hours. It’s important to consume a nutritious breakfast to bring your metabolism back up to speed. Choose a healthy option on the Grand Oaks menu to give your body the energy boost it needs to start your day!

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  • Eat Your Veggies: Vegetables contain all the nutrients required to help our bodies fend off disease. From mushrooms, to spinach, to tomatoes, all vegetables contain phytochemicals and antioxidants which are essential for almost all of our bodily functions. Try incorporating a side dish of veggies with every meal you eat in the dining room at Grand Oaks.


  • Stick to Whole Foods: Consuming a diet rich in whole, mostly unprocessed foods is a key factor for overall health and wellbeing. These include fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds and legumes in their original form. When we process foods, it dilutes their health benefits, making our meals less nutrient dense. Try to choose menu items at Grand Oaks that incorporate as many unrefined foods as possible, such as a bowl of oatmeal with fruit or a fresh salad with nuts and seeds.

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