When you are caring for someone else, it is common to put your own needs second. This can impact the way you eat and the nutritional choices that you make. Quick convenience foods can seem like the best option, but it is important that you make the best choices to look after your long term health.
When you are caring for someone else, it can be easy to rely on quick convenience foods, which can be unhealthy. Whilst these are fine in moderation, it can become a regular routine to grab these foods, especially after a particularly long day, or as a treat, this may then lead to an unhealthy habit if you have them too often.
Alternatively, sometimes you may be very busy with your caring role and commitments, resulting in you skipping meals entirely, meaning you don’t have the nutrition you need to fuel yourself properly. This can have a significant impact on your physical and mental wellbeing.
Maintaining a diet of three balanced meals a day, with at least five portions of fruit or vegetables, will boost your energy levels, make you feel healthier and help you get through your busy day. The NHS Eatwell Guide gives a good overview of how to achieve a balanced nutritional diet.
We understand that eating healthy can be easier said than done. Here are some tips to try and make it more convenient for you:
For factual information about nutrition, you can go to: www.nutrition.org.uk – British Nutrition Foundation
Video Tutorial: Wellbeing and Nutrition
There is some more information specifically for carers below.
Good advice about nutrition here: Nutrition for carers and those they care for with Nutricia – June 2021