Senior Care in Edison NJ
Eating more fruits and vegetables is one of the best ways to improve intake of essential vitamins and nutrients for the vast majority of Americans today. Most Americans simply don’t get nearly enough of their Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of a vast range of vitamins and nutrients. That’s because they don’t eat as healthy food.
With fast food, processed, frozen meals, and more, there just aren’t enough nutrients in these foods to be beneficial. Some documentaries and research studies have indicated just how harmful consuming fast food on a daily basis can be.
The best way to get proper nutrition on a regular basis is by consuming more fruits and vegetables. For some, especially seniors who may be habitual about the things they eat, resistant to changing their diet, and are facing other challenges, it can seem almost impossible to get them to eat more fruits and vegetables, especially if they don’t do this on a regular basis and haven’t done so for most of their life. The question becomes how to encourage somebody to consume more of these valuable fruits and veggies in their daily diet.
One of the best ways to encourage somebody to eat healthier is to explain directly the type of benefits they can gain by doing so. By increasing daily consumption of fruits and vegetables, thus increasing the daily intake of various vitamins and nutrients, the senior could ultimately have more energy, feel less fatigued, feel less anxious, reduce the risk of developing certain health conditions, including heart attack, stroke, and other serious illnesses, and much more.
While that may not be enough to get somebody to begin eating more of these fruits and veggies, incorporating them into their favorite meals is another way to begin the process. For example, many people incorrectly assume that tomatoes are vegetables. In fact, they are fruit, just as peppers, cucumbers, squash, and other foods are fruit. If somebody doesn’t have a preference for tomatoes, they might not add them to a burger or some other meal. However, when cooked with certain meals the flavors can blend and almost be innocuous.
Keep in mind, though, that any time food is cooked it reduces the amount of beneficial nutrients it contains. Having a salad before every meal and including apples, oranges, cucumbers, and other fruits and vegetables can be a great way to consume more on a regular basis. The senior could cover up the flavor of some of those fruits or vegetables with their favorite salad dressing.
June is National Fruits and Veggies Month, and doing whatever possible through elder care to encourage the senior to consume more of these important food items is going to have many benefits in the short and long-term aspects of their health.
If you or an aging loved one are considering hiring senior care services near Edison, NJ, call the caring staff at Helping Hands Home Care today at (908-418-4299).
Providing Home Care Services in all of Northern and Central NJ, including Clark, Westfield, Cranford, Scotch Plains, Rahway, Linden, Summit, Edison, Elizabeth, Mountainside and the surrounding areas.