It is imperative that as a diabetic senior, you focus on eating well. Following a healthy diet can be expensive but some of these tips can help. Here’s a great informational graphic that the NCOA created to help all seniors eat well as they age.
It’s also important as a diabetic senior to check your insulin levels regularly. If this is something you have trouble doing, you might want to consider hiring a home care professional who is certified and qualified to test your insulin levels for you.
Diabetic Senior Eating Tips
Often, as we age we simply don’t feel like making meals and turn to unhealthy options; this is where hiring a caregiver to cook and do light chores can help. These tips will help you save money, provide tips to ensure that you’re eating healthy & well, and most of all remind you of the importance of taking care of yourself when it comes to eating.
- Inexpensive, healthy proteins – finding both inexpensive and healthy proteins isn’t as hard as you may think. The following items fall in the category of inexpensive high protein and healthy options; eggs, beans, canned tuna, canned salmon, nuts, Greek yogurt, cheddar cheese, sardines, Parmesan cheese
- Fill Up On Healthy Vegetables – non-starchy vegetables are best and healthiest. Replace starchy vegetables like white potatoes with a head of cauliflower boiled and served like mashed potatoes! Avoid prepared vegetables as they are more expensive & buy in season; but only in the quantities you will use or share with someone else.
- Healthy Snacking – diabetic seniors need to keep their insulin levels from peaking and diving. The best way to do this is to eat 3 small healthy meals, along with 2 small snacks.
- Buy With Friends – go shopping with friends and buy fresh produce & meats together to split the cost & share. This not only helps cut costs but saves you from throwing out produce that goes bad before you can eat it.
- Keep Hydrated – many seniors don’t drink enough water throughout the day! It’s important to keep hydrated and caffeinated drinks such as tea, coffee, and soda can actually dehydrate you more than hydrate.
- Follow Portion Sizes – it is very important when you are a diabetic senior to follow portion sizes. If you’re too tired or unable to cook and measure you can have a caregiver do this for you a couple times each week and place the meals in the freezer to eat when your caregiver isn’t there.
- Treat Yourself – find items that kill your sweet tooth without spiking your insulin levels. A great idea, make this fabulous 1 ingredient ice cream, with no ice cream machine needed – here’s the recipe! (Nice over ripe bananas work best & you take them from the freezer; so buy bananas when they’re on sale or very ripe & reduced)
These are just a few ways to make sure you’re eating healthy and even following a budget while doing so. If you live by yourself or with just one other person it can be very tempting to avoid cooking for yourself and dining out; however, while it’s often more expensive in the long run, if you can afford it then dine out using the tips above – following portion control & eating the foods that are healthiest.
Professional caregivers can provide a multitude of functions that will make your life easier and allow you to enjoy the things in life that are important to you. As a diabetic senior you not only have to worry about eating healthy but living healthy and safely.
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