That’s the thing with food. While for some it has long been a question of what is allowed and what is not on the plate, for Rosel Schmitt, a nutritionist and diabetes consultant, it is something that should first and foremost be “colorful and doable”.
Eating and drinking, as is well known, keep body and soul together. Stable bones and muscles that keep our bodies agile well into old age, but don’t need anything on the plate. A balanced diet with high-quality protein sources, without demonizing fat, is important, says ecotrophologist Rosel Schmitt from Kaiserslautern. And of course, the movement should not be neglected.
When eating, don’t just talk about prohibitions
This is exactly where the “Fit and Healthy” event comes into play, which will take place on Friday, June 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Goetheviertel. In the courtyard of “Nils – Wohnen im Quartier” there are activities and lectures with movement director Jennifer Höning, movement coach Marian Zapala and nutritionist Schmitt. From coordination exercises, a health check to yoga, Thai Chi and the invitation to simply ask all about nutrition, there is much on offer. “Anyone who engages in a conversation about food in old age is on the right track,” says Rosel Schmitt. In old age, food often no longer has the status it should.
But, what to do if possibly the desire to eat has been lost because there is only talk of prohibitions and hardly anyone trusts their own palate anymore? Rosel Schmitt, a Swabian native who has lived in Kaiserslautern for about 30 years, is full of answers. “It has to be colorful on the plate and, above all, it has to be practical,” she says. She doesn’t think so much about all the wisdom that fails in reality because of practicality. A balanced diet is certainly important, but the path to get there is not just black and white.
The memory of what was on the plate in childhood and adolescence triggers emotional stability in old age in many people and is also a path. Once you’ve started, maybe look at your neighbor’s plate. “It’s never too late to find out,” advises Schmitt, especially when you’re older, to sit around the table with other people as often as possible and see what’s on your neighbor’s plate.