Being overweight can lead to a variety of uncomfortable complications such as pain, stiffness, and lose of mobility, as well as increased risk for a variety of illness and health concerns such as diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, and several forms of cancer. As a family caregiver you can help your aging parent reduce their risk of these issues and improve their quality of life by encouraging them to lose those extra pounds that they are carrying around so that their body can thrive.
Whether your parent needs to lose a considerable percentage of their body weight or just a few pounds, helping them to shed the weight relies on their diet. This means that they should be thinking about their weight goals when they walk in the grocery store. Using a few simple tips can help them to prepare themselves for shedding the pounds safely and effectively.
Try some of these tips to keep your parent’s weight loss goals in mind when shopping:
• Plan meals in advance. Meal planning is a great way to help your parent get the most from their nutrition and avoid downfalls that can pack on the pounds. Once you have planned these meals, break them down into ingredients so that your parent knows exactly what they need to purchase when they hit the store.
• Eat a snack. Discourage your parent from going grocery shopping on an empty stomach. This can make it much more difficult to handle the impulse to purchase unhealthy foods and can cause them to make bad decisions. Enjoy a healthy snack before you go and be prepared with a simple meal for soon after getting back to the house.
• Focus on the perimeter. Focus most of your shopping attention on the perimeter of the store. This is where your parent will find the fresh produce, meats, dairy products and alternatives, and frozen fruits and vegetables. Once they have gotten the bulk of their food from these sections, fill in with other items such as whole grains, low-salt canned products, and flavor enhancers that allow your parent to bump up the flavor of their food without increased calories and fat, such as herbs, spices, and types of vinegar.
If you feel that your aging loved one would benefit from losing weight, or they have been told that they should trim a few pounds by their doctor, now may be an ideal time for you to start home care for them. An in-home senior care services provider can be with your aging parent on a schedule that works for their needs and for your caregiver efforts to give them a personalized set of services tailored to addressing their challenges and helping them to lose weight in a way that is healthy, safe, and comfortable for them. This means encouraging them to be as independent as possible, supporting active and engagement, and guiding them in managing their issues in a personalized, individualized manner so that they can enjoy the best quality of life possible throughout their later years. When it comes to shopping effectively, this care provider can bring your aging loved one to the grocery store when they want and need to so that they do not always have to rely on you to bring them. They can also assist your parent as they select the foods that are right for the health and weight goals, and provide help with meal preparation to encourage nurturing their body while also safely helping them to get to a healthier weight.