Senior Care in New Milford, CT
A popular new year’s resolution for many Americans is to start eating healthy. We all know that eating healthy can help us lose extra weight, feel happier, prevent illnesses and have a better quality of life overall. However, sticking to a healthy diet plan is hard for anyone, especially for family caregivers who have many daily stresses and obligations to address. For family caregivers who are dedicated to changing their lives for the better starting with diet, healthy changes can be made that can be easily incorporated into a busy lifestyle. For caregivers striving to eat healthier in the new year, here are some simple tips to get started:
Putting strict, nearly impossible limitations on yourself can set you up for failure and/or cause unnecessary frustration. Instead of banning all of the foods you love all at once, start with one or two and then subtract another every two weeks. For example, if one of your goals is to stop drinking soda, cut out soda only for two weeks. When you’ve made it through the first two weeks, take away another food, such as candy and then try going two weeks without soda or candy. This will help to ease the body into the changes you are making.
Fill Up With Fiber
When you are used to eating a certain amount or a certain type of food on a regular basis, chaining the routine can leave you feeling empty or hungry all of the time. Fight this frustrating feeling by filling up with fibrous foods. Foods that are high in fiber will make you feel noticeably full and they are often filled with nutrients and low in calories. Some examples of fiber-rich foods include oatmeal, beans, lentils, beets, and quinoa. When eating high amounts of fiber, don’t forget to drink plenty of water to prevent constipation.
Commit to End Emotional (or Bored) Eating
Food can be comforting, especially during times of stress. Make an effort to catch yourself in the act of snacking when you are sad/stressed/depressed instead of hungry. When you become aware of this habit, it will be easier for you to end it. Go into each day with a plan (write it down if you have to) for what you will do instead of snacking when the emotions get overwhelming. Some suggestions include writing down feelings, knitting, or reading a page of a book.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Redding, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.