How Can You Help Your Senior to Develop Better Eating Habits?
When your senior is eating healthy foods and paying attention to other related issues, such as portion control, then she’s able to get all of the nutrition and fuel that her body needs.
But this might feel more difficult than it should be, both for her and for you.
Encourage Her to Eat the Healthiest Foods on the Plate First
Everyone tends to eat a little bit differently. Your elderly family member might eat her favorite foods first or she might eat a little bit of everything throughout the meal. Another option is for your senior to eat the healthiest foods on the plate first and then to eat other foods if she still feels hungry. The reasoning for this is that she can fill up on the foods that contain more nutrients.
Consider Smaller Plates to Make Portion Control Easier
Portion control is another way for your senior to eat healthier during meals. If her plates and bowls are rather large, however, it can be psychologically difficult to stick with a healthier portion size. Consider using smaller bowls and plates so that the proper portion sizes don’t look so tiny.
Help Her to Eat More Home-Cooked Meals
Eating processed or fast food is a sure-fire way to keep your elderly family member locked in unhealthy eating habits. But cooking may not be something that’s easy for her to do. Figure out how to make sure that your elderly family member is able to enjoy home-cooked meals that meet her dietary requirements. One way to do this is to hire elderly care providers who can cook for her and help to clean up afterward.
Keep Track of Her Progress
Using some sort of meal tracker, whether it’s an app or a simple spiral notebook, can help your elderly family member to see how much she’s actually eating. The benefit of an app is that it can track calories automatically for her. The goal of tracking is not to eat perfectly, but instead to see what progress she’s making toward a healthier lifestyle overall.
As your senior becomes more accustomed to her new eating habits, they’ll be easier for her to maintain.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Caregiver in Milton, GA, please contact the caring staff at Sustained Hope Home Care today. Call us at 1-866-4.1.TO.CARE (1-866-418-6227).