One leg of the “self-care trinity” for caregivers is healthy eating. I don’t know about you, but the combination of those two words makes me think about “sticks and berries” (in other words… food that’s not fun to eat). Let’s talk about Caregiving and Nutrition.
I’ve got good news for you caregivers: I’ve discovered some fun food that can help keep you at your best so you can offer your highest level of care!
Healthy Food That’s Fun To Eat:
- Fruity cocktails may actually be good for us. According to Woman’s Day magazine, research shows that alcohol can increase the level of antioxidants in certain fruits, such as strawberries. That means one strawberry daiquiri or margarita has health benefits, along with tasting good.
- Pizza can be healthy provided you make some changes in preparation: use a whole wheat crust and low-fat cheese (in moderation). Skip the meats, especially the high fat ones like pepperoni and sausage, and pile on the veggies.
- Fruit juice can be healthy as long as it’s 100% fruit juice. Orange juice, especially, has plenty of fiber and antioxidants. Some research has shown that daily consumption of 6 to 8 ounces can lower Alzheimer’s risk by as much as 76%… But that’s not a direct correlation. It’s dependant on other factors as well, the most important one being age.
- For women, red wine and dark chocolate are heart-healthy foods, provided they’re eaten in moderation. One small chocolate (not a box of them) and a glass of red wine can actually have health benefits. Gentlemen, it’s also been found that a wee bit o dark chocolate is good for your hearts, too.
Moderation and Balance are Key Components of any Healthy Eating Plan – Joanne Reynolds
And that brings me to the closing thought about caregiving and nutrition: It’s about moderation. TOO MUCH OF ANY ONE THING, whether it’s toffee or tofu, isn’t going to be good for you. Moderation and balance are key components of any healthy eating plan. Remember that the goal is to fuel your body well to keep you strong for your caregiving assignment.