One of the best things that you can do for yourself as a caregiver is to take care of you. Eating the right foods is an excellent way to improve your energy levels and keep your body fueled up and ready to go.
Quick Snacks and Foods May Not Be Best…
Fast food, candy, chips, and other assorted quick foods and snacks are tempting and they’re usually really easy to grab. The effort involved is often minimal and you don’t really have to think about the food. Just open the package and go. The problem is that these foods often don’t have the nutrients in them that your body is truly crying out for. Eating these foods may fill your stomach, but they won’t power your body.
Caffeine and Sugar Aren’t Your Friends
Sugar and caffeine talk a good game. They offer you fast energy and the ability to get all sorts of stuff done. The problem they pose is that they do pay off with a burst of energy, but it doesn’t last. Often they leave you in the dust with a crash that is lower than where you started. They’re not your friends and they won’t treat you well if you’re relying on them heavily.
Seek out Balance
What you’re ideally looking for is a balance of nutrients from a variety of sources. You need fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and protein. You don’t have to go on any complicated or bizarre diets in order to eat healthy, either. Just try to aim for a mix of those types of nutrients and you’re usually okay. Talk to your doctor about whether there are certain foods you should avoid due to your own health concerns.
Don’t Beat Yourself up Over Your Food Choices
As important as it is for you to eat right, it’s equally important that you don’t beat yourself up for some of the choices that you make. So you wanted a donut for breakfast. That’s fine. As long as you didn’t eat the entire dozen, you should be okay. Try to aim for a more balanced diet the rest of the day. Be more conscious of fruits and vegetables, for instance, and bump up your water intake.
The bottom line is that if you’re a caregiver, you need to be taking care of yourself as well as possible. When you do this, you allow yourself to be healthy and strong, which gives you a better opportunity at being effective as a family caregiver to your aging adult. Denying yourself proper care also denies your elderly family member of a strong caregiver.