We’ve all been hearing about how important our eating habits are to our health. And while we may let an occasional junk food meal slip here or sugary sweet slip there, we don’t really see how true the previous statement is until we get older.
Everyone knows we should stick to fruits, vegetables, avoid fatty and sugary foods. But if this were so easy to follow, we wouldn’t be reading about it everywhere.
We don’t see the effects of our poor dietary choices when we’re young. But with age, all of those sweets and deep-fried treats will come back to haunt you.
Therefore, people who were not careful about what they eat when they were younger should pay special attention to their diet when they get older. As their health deteriorates, what they eat may have a tremendous impact on their health and prolong their life drastically.
If you are a caregiver, it is your responsibility to help your senior loved one switch to a healthy diet. It might be difficult, but it’s worth the effort.
Better nutrition will make seniors feel better and the tests their doctors do will undoubtedly prove it. It might be difficult to adjust first, but with the help of a loving family member or a thoughtful professional caregiver, seniors can not only develop healthier eating habits but stick to them as well. Here are a few steps to get started.
Prepare Their Meals
Processed foods you get at restaurants, supermarkets or fast food shops may be tasty, but they are full of dangerous levels of salt and sugar. When someone else is preparing the food, it’s difficult to track what it is made of and how nutritious it is.
The only way to be sure that your senior loved one is eating healthy ingredients is to prepare it on your own. It might take time, but one home cooked meal is so much more nutritious and healthy. A lot of good caregiver companies include cooking in their services, so if you’re not really skilled at it you can always hire someone to help.
Add New Fruits and Vegetables to the Mix
Our taste buds don’t stay the same as we age. So even if your senior loved one hated one vegetable when they were younger, it doesn’t mean they won’t like it now. The first step to adding more fruits and vegetables into their diet is to find out what they love and don’t love.
Get creative with your recipes, and add fruits and vegetables your senior loved one did not try before or hasn’t tried in a certain combination. The more you play around, the more healthy ingredients you’ll help your senior loved one discover.
Pay Attention to What They Like
Sadly, healthy food is often associated with dull, tasteless and unimaginative cooking. But that’s far from the truth.
Once you start cooking more for your senior loved one, you’ll find out what foods they like or don’t like. Mark the recipes they liked and find similar ones online. Maybe they’ll like exotic combinations like mixing sweet and sour flavors or using extra garlic.
Eating healthy does not equal eating food you don’t like. That is why it’s important to have your senior loved one try as many different recipes to get the picture of what they enjoy.