Caregiver in Carefree AZ
Being a family caregiver for your aging loved ones means doing everything you can to ensure their health and well-being throughout their aging years. This often means doing so much for them that you stop thinking about yourself and fall into a pattern of not keeping your own health and well-being a priority. This can be particularly troublesome during the holiday season when you are exposed to an abundance of germs, bacteria, and viruses, and are presented with a wide variety of activities, events, and demands that keep you busy seemingly every second of the day. Not taking care of yourself well can lead to decline in your physical, mental, and emotional well-being, diminishing your ability to be the highest quality caregiver for your parents.
One of the risks that you may face during your holiday season is overindulging at your Thanksgiving feast. Many people encounter this situation, stuffing themselves full of the delicious foods and ending up feeling sick and putting their health at risk. As a caregiver you may do this even more unconsciously, eating in between caring for your parents so you do not even notice how much you are actually consuming. By using a few simple strategies you can keep yourself from overindulging, preserving your diet and keeping yourself feeling your best.
Use these tips to help you avoid overindulgence at your Thanksgiving feast:
• Eat breakfast. Many people have the notion that if they want to enjoy a large dinner they should just go ahead and skip breakfast, thinking that they are saving calories. The truth is that missing breakfast puts your body in a panic, making it think that you are starving, so it will not run your metabolism as fast. Studies have also shown that when people skip breakfast they actually end up eating far more at the later meal than they would have if they had eaten breakfast, actually adding up to more calories than if they had eaten in the morning. Start your day with a filling, satisfying breakfast so you feel more prepared to say no to those second and third helpings later. If you do not want to feel like you are missing out on your seasonal favorites, try pumpkin or sweet potato pancakes so you can still indulge in flavors of the holiday.
• Start with salad or soup. Start your meal with something that will start filling you up so that you can resist large servings of the heavy foods. Salad is full of fiber that will make your tummy full and happy and help you digest, and the liquid nature of soup fills you up while also hydrating you.
• Serve yourself with a table spoon. Doling out your helping with a serving spoon sets you up to over-serve. Instead, spoon yourself out a small helping using your table spoon. You will not want to go into the dish ten or eleven times to get a large helping, which means that you will eat less.
• Enjoy the conversation. Stop every few bites and talk with the people around you. Give your body time to recognize that you are eating so you can feel the fullness signals sooner. Force yourself to have a five minute break after finishing your plate before you fill it up again. This will make it far less likely that you actually go back for more.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Carefree, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.
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