Close your eyes, breathe in deep, and you can nearly catch the aroma of it now: the roasting turkey, buttery loaf of bread, freshly baked pies, and the rest of the delicacies we take pleasure in during Thanksgiving festivities with our loved ones. But for older adults who deal with the challenges of sticking with a specialized nutrition regimen, such as dictated by diabetes or other ongoing medical concerns, Thanksgiving can feel more like a time for restraint and restriction.
- Begin the day with a wholesome breakfast. Though it could seem sensible to skip breakfast on Thanksgiving morning to save room for the heavy meal to come, nothing could be further from the truth.
- Experiment with a new recipe. There are a wide variety of delicious, healthier adaptations of conventional Thanksgiving dishes. Try mashing cauliflower in place of potatoes, or serve sweet potatoes roasted with cinnamon and olive oil in the place of marshmallowy candied yams.
- Cut back on desserts. It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving if we didn’t have delicious homemade desserts, and as long as the dietary plan allows it, a smaller sized portion of a couple favorite desserts allows for the gratification of a sweet ending to the meal. Try to add in some fresh fruit as well.
- Stop eating when you’re full. Because we often tend to overindulge at Thanksgiving more than at other times, listen more closely to your stomach than your eyes. Although it is undoubtedly tempting to go back for seconds and even thirds during the holidays, our bodies inform us when we’re full. Choosing to use a smaller plate is also a smart way to limit portion sizes and prevent overindulgence.
- Don’t forget to exercise! Instead of slumping into the recliner for the rest of the day, get up and get moving to burn off those extra calories. Go for a walk, or engage in some lively games that the whole family can enjoy together.
For more healthy Thanksgiving advice, contact the premier Kansas City home care experts at Enhanced Home Care. We’re also readily available to offer assistance before, during and after the holidays to keep seniors healthy, safe and well. Just several of the ways we can help:
- Grocery shopping and running other errands
- Preparing wholesome, delicious meals based on seniors’ dietary plans
- Providing escorted transportation to family events and other outings, making certain the senior’s needs are fully met
- Serving as a friendly companion to keep loneliness away
- And so much more
Call us any time at 913-327-0000 to learn more or schedule a consultation.