The month of March is set aside by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as National Nutrition Month. This is a perfect time to reevaluate how and what your elderly loved one is eating. It’s also the perfect time to make changes to help her stay healthier.
Take a Look at What She’s Eating Now
Before you go making changes to what your elderly loved one is eating, it helps to have an understanding what she’s already eating. Start keeping a food log with your loved one. You’ll want to make sure that you include snacks, too, so you can see what kinds of foods she prefers for snacks. As you gather a few weeks’ worth of logs, you can start to see patterns in your loved one’s eating habits.
Talk to Her Doctor
Take the food log to your loved one’s doctor so that you can work together to see what your loved one is eating and what she should be eating. Your loved one’s doctor can look at her nutrition from an overall perspective according to her unique needs. He may recommend different foods than you expect or he might recommend that you work with a nutritionist or a dietician.
Make Changes Gradually
When you do decide to make changes to your loved one’s way of eating, it’s important that you make changes gradually. Unless there are immediate health needs that necessitate that she make drastic changes, gradual changes will help your elderly loved one to accept the changes and to stick to them in the long run.
Aim for Progress Instead of Perfection
You’re working with your loved one and her doctor to make some big changes, most likely, so it’s important to understand that the process won’t be perfect. If you’re making some progress with her eating habits, even if they’re smaller steps, then that’s what you need to focus on. Smaller steps can add up to big changes if you and your elderly loved one are patient with the progress she’s making.
You can’t do everything on your own. Enlist the help of home care providers who can help you to keep your loved one on track with her new eating plan.
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