Posted on Jun 05, 2015
Proper Nutrition for Seniors and Caregivers with Senior Care at Home
It should come as no surprise that the better we care for our bodies with proper nutrition and adequate exercise, the better we will feel in the long run. A healthy start to each day with a balanced breakfast is the fuel to keep us going through the afternoon. A nutritious lunch and dinner to round out the day will keep us properly energized and keep us healthy overall.
When it comes to proper nutrition for seniors and caregivers, it is important to remember to stay properly hydrated. We often discount the importance of including enough water into our diet. Not only is a hydrated body better at absorbing nutrients from food, water helps in regulating body temperature, digestion and circulation. Try to have a beverage with every snack or meal to avoid possible dehydration. It can be in the form of soup, milk, juice, or water. Eating more fruits and vegetables are an easy way to incorporate more liquids into the diet. Keep a bottle of water with you and encourage your senior loved one to keep one nearby as well.
It is always better to get nutrients through food than with supplements whenever possible. Proper nutrition for seniors and caregivers includes adding more whole grains, reducing amounts of saturated fats, and limiting the amount of processed foods consumed. Lowering salt intake is also very helpful in reducing the risk of high blood pressure. Substitute spices and lemon juice when possible to avoid adding salt to foods. Avoid empty calories like chips and candy, and always aim for the more nutritious option. Grab a crunchy apple or some celery sticks with peanut butter to satisfy the urge for potato chips. Popcorn is also a tasty substitution for saltier cravings. Low fat mozzarella sticks, yogurt and nuts are great snacking options that provide nutrients; making the choice satisfying and healthy.
Fiber is a very important element to proper nutrition for seniors and caregivers. Whenever possible, choose a food option with fiber to help with digestion. Adequate amounts of fiber can prevent intestinal problems like constipation. Eat cooked beans, green vegetables like peas, and find cereals with whole grains to start your morning right.
The key to proper nutrition for seniors is to keep meals balanced, to eat smaller meals more frequently to keep the metabolism going, and to remember to drink lots of water to stay hydrated. Being healthy doesn’t mean deprivation of the things we love to eat; it simply means to keep things balanced. Have some cake if you want it, just be sure to balance it with a lower calorie meal or some fruit later on.
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