When your loved one is making big dietary changes, it makes sense that she still wants to be able to eat some of the foods that she loves. Eating in moderation can help her to do just that.
Avoid Labeling Foods as Banned from Her Diet
There’s nothing so tempting as those foods that you can’t have, right? The same is true for your elderly loved one. If you start telling her that certain foods have been banned from her diet, she may start to crave those even more. Avoid that by avoiding labels such as “bad” foods or “banned” foods. Having the foods she likes now and again or in smaller quantities may be the way to go.
Try Portioning Questionable Foods
When it comes to those foods that are less on the healthy side, sometimes portion size is what makes all the difference in the world. One trick you can try is to portion those foods into smaller containers or bags in advance. Another tip that can work well is to freeze the portions when it’s a food that freezes well, such as cookies. Waiting for the food to thaw can provide its own “cooling down” period for a craving.
Encourage Your Loved One to Pace Herself
Is your elderly loved one a fast eater? It’s possible that she’s eaten enough before she even realizes that she has. This can present an especially big problem when you’re talking about foods that aren’t so healthy. So encourage your elderly loved one to pace herself when she’s eating all of her meals and snacks.
Offer Plenty of Unrestricted Foods
Foods that are healthy for your elderly loved one, such as fruits and vegetables, are often unlimited on healthy eating plans because your loved one needs to eat as many of them as she can anyway. Make sure to keep plenty of her favorites around and available so that they’re easy for your loved one to grab and eat. If they’re more convenient than the unhealthy foods, they’ll be eaten more often.
Talk to home care providers about finding ways to make it easier for your loved one to enjoy the foods she likes while still eating within the food plan recommended by her doctor.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Princeton, NJ, please call the caring staff at Care Street Home Care. You can reach our Mercer/Burlington Division at (609) 496-5666.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.