Mar 15, 2018 by Gregg Gammello
March is National Nutrition Month, so this is the ideal time for your loved one to change a couple of eating habits, maintaining good health through proper nutrition. Whether your aging parent or relative prepares meals for themselves or relies on affordable senior home care, the following tips can help them adjust their portions to perfectly fit their age, health, and dietary needs.
While skipping meals may seem like a sensible thing to do for losing or maintaining weight, it can actually have quite the reverse effect. Skipping meals leads to excessive hunger and overeating during the following meal, which can have weight gain as a result.
If possible, your senior loved one should eat three meals a day, plus a few snacks in between meals. Opting for affordable senior home care can give you peace of mind that your parent or relative’s daily nutritional needs are met, as professional caregivers can prepare healthy, well-balanced meals for your loved one on a daily basis.
Drinking at least eight glasses of water per day can help your senior loved one reduce hunger and eat smaller portions during meals. It often happens that people think they are hungry when they are in fact thirsty, so drinking plenty of water each day can allow your loved one to cut back on calories without experiencing hunger.
Using smaller plates equals eating smaller portions. Many seniors eat more than they need because they don’t finish eating until everything from their plate is gone. This is good from an ecological point of view, reducing food waste to a minimum, but it can lead to overeating, so make sure to encourage your loved one to switch to smaller plates.
By purchasing lots of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean proteins, your loved one will have something healthy to munch on between meals, minimizing the consumption of unhealthy foods, such as sweets, processed foods, and fast foods.
If your senior loved one doesn’t drive anymore or finds it difficult to go grocery shopping, you may want to consider affordable senior home care services, which can include assistance with grocery and home shopping as well.
Sometimes, people think they eat less than they actually do. To prevent this from happening, your loved one can use cups and scales to measure their food. After some time of using cups and scales, they will most likely be able to eyeball just the right portion sizes.
Most restaurants serve huge portions that can feed two adults, so splitting meals with family and friends can be a good idea, both for maintaining weight and spending less money on dining out. Another option is to ask waiters to pack half their portion so they could eat it at home for dinner or for lunch the following day.
Portion control can help your loved one stay healthy and fit, reaching their weight goals quickly and maintaining a healthy weight. If your parent or relative needs a bit of help with portion control, affordable senior home care may be the right solution.