Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and that means you are likely thinking about the menu if you are hosting the feast this year. While this can be a fun and exciting time, as a family caregiver it is important to make sure you are also paying attention to any dietary restrictions your senior might have. If they are like many elderly adults, their doctor has recommended that they cut down on their sugar intake. This is important for controlling calories, maintaining a healthy weight, and also managing a variety of health problems, including diabetes. Fortunately, cutting down the sugar in your Thanksgiving feast does not have to mean sacrificing flavor or variety. There are simple ways to make healthier choices while still enjoying a delicious and satisfying holiday meal.
Use these tips to cut sugar in your Thanksgiving feast:
- Try sucralose sugar replacement products in drinks or non-baked goods. These are usually a one-to-one ratio with traditional sugar.
- Look for baking blends that use a combination of sugar and sucralose to cut sugar while maintaining the integrity of the baked good.
- Simply remove sugar from recipes if it is not critical to the dish. You will likely find you don’t even notice the difference. For example, don’t add sugar to vegetables, macaroni and cheese, or gravy.
- Cut down on the amount of sugar your family consumes by making small individual desserts rather than large family-style desserts.
- Opt for fruit-based desserts such as baked apples with cinnamon and spice rather than desserts high in added sugar.
Home care can be extremely valuable for you as a family caregiver during the holiday season. This time of year tends to be busy and stressful for anyone, but when you are dealing with the care needs of an elderly adult in addition to the needs of your family, your home, your career, and yourself, it can feel overwhelming. Having an in-home senior care services provider can be a tremendous source of stress relief and peace of mind. The customized services of this care provider allow your parent to relax and enjoy the holiday season, participate in events and activities, and manage their challenges and needs in the ways that are right for them. This can include being available during events so your parent can continue receiving care and support, while you focus on enjoying the activity yourself.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Walnut Creek, CA, contact the caring staff at Provident Home Care. Call today (877) 572-3411.
Robin Conley RN., Owner and CEO of Provident Care Home Care Providing HOME CARE- ASSISTED LIVING PLACEMENT ASSISTANCE