How are they eating?
Welcome to day 6 of the Embracing Caregivers Challenge!
Caregivers spend so much time focusing on their loved ones, they often lose sight of their own needs. Remind the caregiver to eat well. For example, a caregiver may spend time cooking and cleaning for their loved one, and not take time to sit and eat a meal themselves. Later, they end up nibbling on a bag of chips to quiet their growling stomach.
Share these helpful tips with your patients’ caregivers:
- Make pre-packaged snack bags full of healthy choices like almonds, fresh veggies and hummus, fruit, or cheese
- Always eat breakfast — it’s true that it’s the most important meal of the day
- Prep meals ahead of time to help ensure you stick to healthy foods — use the crockpot to make big batches you can freeze and heat later
- You don’t have to be perfect — just strive for healthier options as often as you can
Caregivers are hard on themselves already — keep this conversation upbeat. Focus on the positives and provide advice based on your own experience and knowledge.
Let us know how your conversation goes in the challenge updates section here, our private Facebook group, or on Twitter, or Instagram. Also, see additional resources on eating and snacking well.
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Main word is MODERATION in all things!!! Diet, exercise, even sex. Go over board with faith, hope and love. LOVE yourself enough to care for yourself. Plus we all get 24 hours in a day. Use wisely . But take time for fun. Food the more colorful the better. Yet grains will add the earth tones. Fruit and honey are a good sweet source. Always cut sugar amount in any recipe in half. Your palate will get use to less sugar. Same with salt. I’ve been cooking now for 55yrs. My grown children are a product of following these nutritional tips. Hang in there young moms/ dads/ RNs. No one is perfect. If M+Ms sneak in there once in a while. It’s OK