Nutrition Tips for Caregivers in Oakbrook Terrace, IL

Caregivers aren’t non-human. This may seem like a terribly obvious statement, but the reality is that many people who start providing home care for their aging loved ones take on a feeling of invincibility because they don’t feel that they have the time, or even the right, to be sick or tired because it is necessary that they devote all of their time and energy to making sure that their aging loved one is healthy and happy. This can only last but for so long. Eventually a lack of taking care of yourself will catch up with you and you will find that your physical and psychological health is suffering.

Caregivers in Oak Brook Terrace, ILOne of the first areas of taking care of themselves that caregivers abandon is eating a well-balanced diet. It can often seem as though you simply don’t have the time or the energy to prepare and eat nutritious meals. Instead, you fit snacks and fast food among the various responsibilities of providing home care for your loved one. Taking the time to eat nutritiously will make you feel much better, enabling you to provide better care for your aging loved one.

Here are some nutrition tips for caregivers that help them to offer better care for the long term:

  • Nuts are true nutritional powerhouses. They contain both healthy fats and protein that satisfy your hunger and help support healthy digestion and strong muscles. Fill several snack-size zipper bags with a handful of nuts each so that you can carry around a perfect portion for whenever the hunger pangs start.
  • Smoothies are fast and easy to consume and can be an incredible source of nutrition. Don’t choose the premade versions. Instead, make your own with frozen berries, fruit juice, plain Greek yogurt and protein powder. For an added kick of nutrition consider adding silken tofu, wheat germ or even powdered greens.
  • There is no need for a salad to be boring. In fact, it is when you add a bit of interest to your salad that you are likely to add the most nutrition. The vitamins and minerals that are present in vegetables are fat-soluble. This means that the only way that your body can absorb and utilize these nutrients is with the help of fat. Don’t make a lunch of an anemic plate of iceberg lettuce and fat-free dressing. Instead, create a masterpiece of mixed greens, crumbled bleu cheese, dried cranberries and walnuts and drizzle it with an olive oil vinaigrette. This combination is not only filling and interesting, but contains a wealth of nutrients that will keep you feeling your best.

For Caregiver Services in Oakbrook Terrace, IL call 708-761-4909. Serving La Grange, Oakbrook, Oakbrook Terrace, Brookfield, Westchester, Downers Grove, Berwyn, River Forest, Oak Park, Hinsdale, Chicago and surrounding communities.

About Joan Cisneros LPN

Joan Cisneros is COO and Agency Manager at Private Home Care Services of Oakbrook Terrace, IL. Joan has over 25 years of professional healthcare experience, including Private Duty Home Care, nursing, insurance, case management, training, and operations. Her area of expertise is Alzheimer¹s care, which she knows from both a professional and personal perspective. Her solid capabilities are enhanced by her compassionate approach and her personal mission to help people maintain their independence by providing the best possible home care.