Posted on Nov 15, 2012
Healthy Eating During the Holidays and In Home Help for Seniors and Elderly
In home help for seniors and elderly from Senior Helpers of Ann Arbor, 734-927-3111, can be the key to successfully living independently at home for an elderly loved one. Meal preparation and medication reminders are beneficial parts of in home help for seniors and elderly from the compassionate and highly trained caregivers from Senior Helpers of Ann Arbor. Healthy eating during the holidays is especially important for an elderly loved one because they may forget to eat with a hectic schedule or eat poorly which can affect their overall health. With the winter months approaching, it is already easier to become ill, so it is especially important to keep eating healthy and remember to take important medications.
Every diet program, gym and personal trainer gears up for the holiday aftermath because they know that healthy eating stops being a priority during those festive winter months. But healthy eating is important year round, especially for your aging loved ones. Their metabolisms can get out of whack when their diet is imbalanced, and the influx of sugary foods curing the holidays doesn’t help the issue. Getting a proper mix of healthy foods with the right vitamins, calories and nutrients is important throughout life, but especially as you age. Here are a few tips for keeping healthy eating a part of your life during the holiday months.
It is important to remind your loved one to only eat consciously and only when hungry. You can save hundreds of calories if you don’t graze unconsciously while cleaning up the kitchen or nibbling while carrying on a conversation. It is also important to always be aware of your emotional state when eating during festivities. The holidays can bring a wide range of emotions, both good and bad, and many people turn to food to soothe their feelings. Family reunions can bring a mixed bag of emotions for an elderly loved one and you can count on the assistance of an experienced caregiver from Senior Helpers of Ann Arbor to ease the stress of getting together with a large group of people. In many families, a caregiver can bridge the gap between them and their elderly loved one. Senior Helpers of Ann Arbor, 734-927-3111, proudly offers in home holiday help to all areas of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Saline, Dexter, and Milan, Michigan.
Another way to stick to the healthier diet is to set some off limits foods such as whipped cream on a slice of pie or the eggnog. Just cutting some of the extra calories that come with festive eating can be helpful in preventing unwanted weight gain.
A way for a caregiver to assist your loved one with keeping with their healthy eating habits is to create and stick to a schedule. It may be easier to avoid certain food items that may be unhealthy if your loved one isn’t extremely hungry. The key to keeping your eating schedule on track is to eat all meals at regular intervals. Some people falsely believe that skipping a meal will save on calories. This plan usually backfires and increases cravings and greatly reduces resistance later in the day. This can lead to overeating at holiday festivities. A reliable caregiver from Senior Helpers of Ann Arbor, 734-927-3111, can prepare nutritious meals and also help your loved one get their groceries in preparation for the holiday season and keep low fat munchies and nutritious bites in the refrigerator and cabinets. This will help your elderly loved one reduce the chance for overeating unhealthy snacks and empty calories.
Some healthy ways to keep off unwanted weight gain during the holidays is to remind your loved one to take their time at buffet tables and to check out the offerings. It is often easier to stay away from unhealthy treats if you fill up on fresh vegetables, fruit slices, lean pieces of meat, and salads mixed with low fat dressings. These healthy options will help you to take just small samples of the higher fat foods and avoid overdoing it.
It is important to remember that the greatest gift of the holiday season isn’t the food, but rather the family and friends that gather around to enjoy each other’s company. If your loved one finds that the holidays bring about stress to accomplish too much in a day, you can count on the dependable in home help for seniors and elderly from Senior Helpers of Ann Arbor to ease some of their stresses. Senior Helpers of Ann Arbor proudly offers in home holiday help for elderly and seniors to all areas of Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, Saline, Dexter, and Milan, Michigan. Call 734-927-3111 to speak to a senior care specialist who will set up a flexible care plan made specifically to cater to your loved one’s needs. Services can be provided on a short or long term basis and does not require a contract. This holiday season, give your family the gift of peace of mind that your loved one is eating healthy and nutritious meals and that they are safe while they continue to live independently in their beloved home.