Mar 29, 2018 by Comfort Keepers of Mount Pleasant, SC
Nutrition and healthy eating are very important for older adults. Losing weight and maintaining a healthy weight will help seniors better manage or prevent health problems. And managing their weight will help reduce stress on the joints and keep seniors moving and active. However, it’s easy to neglect your diet, especially when living alone. Senior care is a fantastic resource that can help older adults ensure they are preparing healthy meals and enjoying the appropriate portions. Home care professionals from Comfort Keepers of Mount Pleasant have the following important portion control tips for seniors:
People who skip meals during the day are more likely to intake portions that are far too large when they do eat. For this reason, seniors should stick to eating three nutritious meals each day, as well as a few snacks. Whenever possible, older adults should refrain from going longer than five hours without eating. Seniors in the Charleston area who live alone may not want the hassle of shopping for and cooking meals so they may regularly eat out at restaurants; this can become expensive and challenging as their mobility or energy progressively declines. A senior care provider can help mom or dad cook meals throughout the day and remind your elderly loved one to eat every few hours to prevent overindulging and to help make sure their blood sugar is stable.
Many restaurants tend to provide oversized portions. Seniors who dine out regularly should practice splitting meals either with their loved ones or by asking for half of their meal to be packed up in a doggy bag.
Seniors have likely been taught to finish their plate in order to avoid food waste and are more likely to overeat when they use larger plates. Therefore, smaller plates can help older adults prevent overeating.
By loading up on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and fiber-filled foods first, older adults will be less likely to overindulge on sweets, unhealthy fats, and other unhealthy foods.
Measuring cups and scales can help seniors visualize their portion sizes. Once mom or dad gets the hand of using measuring tools for a while, they can eyeball their portion sizes.
Drinking plenty of water can make it easier for older adults to cut back on calories without feeling hungry. Seniors should drink at least eight-ounce glasses of water each day.
Portion control can condition a senior’s body to become full after eating smaller quantities of food so that they can achieve their weight loss goals and maintain a healthy weight. If you have been thinking about senior care for your loved one that lives in Mount Pleasant, SC or in the surrounding areas contact us today to find out more about the benefits our in home care services.