One of the best things that you can do for yourself and for your aging adult as a caregiver is to revamp your eating habits. When you eat healthier foods overall, your energy levels increase and you’re able to do more than you thought possible.
Don’t Try for Perfection.
The big thing to remember is that you’re never going to eat a perfect diet. You can get close, but you’re going to want some foods that aren’t as healthy as usual now and again. If you’re shooting for perfection all the time, you might disappoint yourself and find yourself getting frustrated.
Plan Your Meals.
Planning out your meals is going to help more than you think. You have a plan and you can prepare in advance. You can plan your senior’s meals along with your own, helping both of you to eat as healthfully as possible. If it’s difficult to carve out a time in which you can focus on menu planning, you might want to consider hiring senior care providers who can give you some space to think.
Adjust Favorite Recipes a Little.
One of the biggest ways that you might sabotage your own desire to eat better is through old favorite recipes. Some of those aren’t as healthy as they could be. Sometimes making just a little tweak here or there keeps the flavor of the dish while still giving you a bit of a nutrient boost.
Choose Snacks Wisely.
Snacks are another spot that can get you into trouble. If you’re reaching for snacks that are high in sugar and empty calories, that’s not going to do much good for you. Instead, choose fruits, vegetables, and even nuts and seeds that offer a tasty snack along with nutrients. Fruits and vegetables are usually pretty easy to stick to portion sizes, but nuts and seeds can be more difficult. Measuring them into single-serving containers can help.
Drink Plenty of Water.
Water is crucial for helping all of the systems of your body, including your brain, to work better. Your senior needs plenty of water, too, so if you can start upping your water intake together, that can be a huge benefit for everyone involved. If you’re new to drinking more water, start slowly and add a few more ounces of water each day.
You don’t have to make all of these changes at once. In fact, if you try, you’re more likely to overwhelm yourself. Pick one change that makes sense for you to make right away and then gradually add other changes as you feel ready to do so.