Senior Care-Eating Healthy Over the Holidays

We’ve all done it – you know, justifying that extra serving of cornbread stuffing or another slice of pumpkin pie because it’s the holidays. We know it’s not good for us, but we figure our New Year’s resolution of weight loss and exercise will take care of the few extra calories in the long term. Those of us who are caring for seniors have to remember that this cycle can cause problems for people with existing health issues.

At TLC Companion Care, we understand that the holidays are a special time for everyone and it is human nature to sneak in an extra cookie every now and then. It’s hard to keep that inner child suppressed when there are so many delicious things to try. We should also remember that the Holidays are the most common time for people with dietary restrictions to have problems that cause them to feel worse than usual, or even end up with a more serious issue. However, there are many ways in which you can help to strike a balance between maintaining a healthy diet and joining in with the fun and festivities.

Exercise
Speak with your doctor or nutritionist
Balance your meals
Be wary of extra sugary foods
Stock up on healthy snacks
Moderate your alcohol intake
Eat only until you’re full

Being health-conscious doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t enjoy the holidays; it simply means that you should continue to be watchful of what you eat and be prepared for the festivities. Consulting with your doctor or care professional will show you what to watch out for in order to avoid any health issues over this special time of year. –