The New Year is a fantastic time to start new pursuits. As a family caregiver, it is the perfect opportunity for you to help your aging loved one identify things about their lifestyle or their health that they would like to change, and create an approach designed to help them achieve these goals in the healthiest ways. If your senior is like many people, they may have a goal of losing weight and maintaining a healthier weight during the New Year. One of the most important ways you will do this is by helping them to use nutrition as a healthy approach toward weight loss and maintenance of their healthy weight.
Use these nutrition tips to help you or senior pursue their weight goals:
- Encourage your senior to start their day with a high nutrition breakfast. Eating breakfast in the morning is one of the easiest and most effective ways to control hunger, boost nutrition, encourage eating a healthier diet throughout the day, and reduce fat and calorie consumption.
- Make sure your parent understands that snacking isn’t necessarily a bad thing. For many people, eating smaller meals with intermittent snacks in between helps to improve their nutrition, curb hunger, and reduce their overall fat and calorie consumption for the day.
- Encourage your senior to drink more water. This can be one of the easiest steps to take, and can start your parent off on a good note when trying to improve their nutrition and lose weight.
- Cut out all sugary beverages. People rarely acknowledge the calories they are consuming when drinking flavored beverages, sodas, juices, and other high-sugar options. This means consuming far more than they intend, and packing on the weight or curtailing their weight loss efforts.
- Increase the fruits and vegetables your senior eats on a regular basis. Focusing on raw fruits and vegetables provides vitamins and minerals, fiber, and hydration. This means your senior will feel more satisfied, reduce their need for less healthy snacks, and give their body what it needs to thrive.
- Combine protein, healthy fats, and fiber in snacks and meals to create sustainable energy and satisfaction that lasts.
Meal and snack preparation is one of many personalized services an elder care provider can offer to your aging loved one to help them eat a healthier diet on a regular basis. This elderly home care services provider can encourage your parent to make good choices about what they eat and when by getting into the kitchen with them and preparing meals and snacks, preparing meals and snacks for them if they are not able to be a part of the preparation efforts, and supporting good choices about other snacks, meals, and drinks to help them pursue their goals. As their family caregiver, this can help you feel more confident and reduces your stress as you give your parent the care that will help them live the life they deserve as they age in place.
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Dorothy’s core expertise includes an extensive background of more than 38 years, focusing on Home Care, Senior Care and operating a successful in-home care agency.
In her spare time she enjoys her 5 grandchildren, gardening, skiing and competition 8-Ball.
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