Planning Meals Encourages Healthy Eating Habits August 29th, 2018
A healthy diet is a cornerstone of wellbeing, physically and mentally. Healthy eating eventually becomes a habit, but it takes some effort to learn about the best food choices to make, how to prepare and cook a variety of recipes, and to plan the grocery lists and shopping, especially for seniors who may have limited mobility, or for those who live on their own. It is especially important for seniors to eat well to help prevent illness and manage current conditions like heart problems and diabetes.
At Integracare, we go above and beyond providing quality health care in the comfort of home. Our Personal Support Workers and Caregivers help Clients with nutrition advice and counselling, meal planning, personal shopping, grocery ordering and meal preparation. Our professional Caregivers include Registered Nurses, Registered Practical Nurses, Personal Support Workers, Registered Physiotherapists, and Registered Massage Therapists. Our care plans are designed to suit the individual and promote healthy, joyful, independent living. If you are looking for top home care agencies in Toronto and the surrounding areas that offer additional quality ancillary services for a healthy diet for yourself or your loved one, we are happy to answer any questions, any time.
Meal planning is a good habit to get into, but it can be difficult to organize and figure out at first, especially if you are new to it. Integracare Caregivers can help with planning and preparation of smaller meals that include healthy selections with the right portion sizes. We can assist with food budgeting and making smart choices that meet nutritional requirements.
What are the best food selections for you or your loved one? A diet that is heavily plant-based with the option of including seafood, lean meats, and low-fat dairy is best. This means properly portioned meals with a lot of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts and seeds, plus lean cuts of chicken, pork, or beef, and low-fat or fat-free milk and other dairy products. Getting enough fibre and reducing sodium intake promotes heart health and helps prevent diabetes. It is also important to reduce sugar intake and avoid foods that are heavily processed and packaged because these usually contain high amounts of salt, sugar, trans fats, and preservatives.
Accessing Canada’s Food Guide resources can also help with education on nutrition and making wise choices. There is information on nutrient-rich foods, serving and portion sizes, comparing options, building a healthy plate, customizing choices based on your circumstances, food labelling and marketing, and background information about the guide itself.
Integracare offers a whole suite of health care services supervised by Registered Nurses, plus at home physiotherapy services and massage therapy appointments. We offer aid in many non-medical areas such as personal shopping and assistance with buying or renting medical devices. Let us know you or your loved one’s needs, and we will design the best-suited, individualized care plan.