|Maintaining a healthy, balanced diet to provide the vitamins, minerals and essential elements for your body can be difficult when you a Carer. Good food gives us energy, keeps our heart beating, our brain active, and our muscles working. When you are looking after someone else and also juggling caring with family responsibilities and/or working its easy to feel you can't be bothered or skip meals. You may be tempted to grap fast food on the go that may be high in fat , salt and sugar due to time limitations.
You may also be having to learn new ways of cooking or preparing food if the person you care now has to have particular modifications to their diet e.g. Diabetic meals, Gluten free meals, High protein/low fat diet.
You may find yourself having to read food labels, source where to buy particular ingredients and cook two lots of meals to suit the person and yourself and the rest of the family.
As we age it is important to make sure we eat 3-4 serves of calcium every day. Calcium rich foods include milk products, soy and fish like salmon and sardines. Eating something from the five food groups every day is also important.