As we enter National Nutrition Month, it is a good time to take inventory of your diet to assess caloric intake, serving sizes, total fat, and any needed improvements to ensure you have a balanced diet. Here are some tips for elderly caregivers aiming to shop for nutrient-rich foods:
One must first understand the basics of nutrition, including nutritional information regarding the food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, proteins and dairy) to be able to plan for healthy eating. This includes encouragement in the reading of food labels to examine calories, sodium, sugars and fats.
After understanding the basics, it is important to take the time to plan meals and make detailed lists, with nutritional value, price and availability in mind, prior to going to the grocery store. Having a detailed list of all ingredients needed to make meals for several days at a time is easier than going to the store for each meal and having a detailed list (preferably written with the layout of the store in mind) saves a lot of time.
It is also important to take special care in planning meals that cater to the individual’s health needs. For example, if the loved one you are providing care for is diabetic or has any other health concerns for which extra care should be taken in planning snacks and meals.
Other things to consider:
- It is best to grocery shop on a full stomach and when you are not rushed. This is to avoid impulse purchases if you are hungry and to avoid forgetting anything if you are in too much of a rush.
- There are motorized carts available in most stores and employees typically available to assist if you need help getting something down from a shelf.
- There are grocery apps that help you create a plan for meals, including grocery lists, coupons, and recipes.
Here at Moorings Park, we offer VIP services through which we can drive you to the grocery store or go to the grocery store and do the shopping for you.