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Start the Year Off Right with These 5 Healthy Eating Tips

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By Jeremy Grant
Owner of Home Instead Senior Care Hamilton

CAREGIVER and senior preparing a healthy dinner

Begin Fresh with Help from the Home Instead Care Team

Age may be a number, but those of us who wake up with a new ache think differently. Growing older can often mean it is harder to stand up from your favourite chair, your hair recedes, and your eyesight becomes dim. On the bright side, aging also has many perks like senior discounts at your best-loved restaurant, and the relaxed pace of retirement. With the New Year still fresh, why not embrace your age and make now the best time of your life by taking control of your diet and nutrition?

Healthy eating for seniors starts with focusing on making better choices about what you put on your plate. Cooking for one person can be lonely. A trained personal support worker from Home Instead Senior Care provides you or your loved one with companion care while cooking nutritious food to enjoy. We tailor our services such as household duties and transportation, among others, so Mom and Dad can continue living life on their own terms.

5 Suggestions for Eating Healthy in 2020

When you give yourself, or your aging loved one the gift of the right nutrients, your body will pay you back in the form of more energy. More energy means you can continue living the fullest life possible. Who doesn’t want to enjoy everything that life has to offer? Use these tips to get you started:

  • Start with increasing your liquid intake. As you age, your sense of thirst decreases. You can quickly become dehydrated. Keep a bottle of water with you to sip on throughout the day. You can also add low or fat-free milk, juices, tea, or coffee. Be sure to keep in mind any chronic conditions or medicines that may affect what you can drink, especially if they are sugary.
  • Turn your dinner plate into a rainbow of colours. Think variety. Eat lean proteins, fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. Whole foods are a better choice than processed foods. Look for nutrient-dense foods to get more benefits.
  • Make meal planning a new habit. When you plan out your meals, you will be less likely to follow your cravings. You may also find that you are saving money at the store because you only need to buy what you will be eating for the week. Also, the healthier the food, the more nutrients your body gets. You may find any unhealthy cravings subsiding.
  • Decrease the salt. Use herbs and spices instead. As your sense of taste declines, you may be likely to use more salt to increase the flavour. There are better choices, such as using fresh herbs and spices. Think about trying cayenne pepper, basil, or turmeric.
  • Keep an eye on your serving size. Seniors do not need the same amount of calories as a teenager or even someone 20 years younger. To maintain a healthy weight, keep an eye out for portion sizes, and try not to overeat.

Start the New Year Right with the Help of a Home Instead Senior Caregiver

Enjoy a new lease on life when you decide to eat healthier during 2020. The staff at Home Instead Senior Care Hamilton strive to ensure you or your elderly family member meet their nutritional needs. We also serve seniors and their families with a variety of home care services and resources to make life better for everyone.

Call us at (905) 521-5500 to schedule a no-obligation, in-home consultation. Learn more about the compassionate, quality senior care we deliver each day to families in the Hamilton, Dundas, Ancaster, Stoney Creek area.


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