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Eating The Right Way As We Get Older

As Winter draws near, food consumed changes in most households.

I used to be a full time carer for my mother, who lived until her nineties. Nourishing food was a must. I made sure she had quality home cooked food every day to ensure she had an adequate diet. Her favourite foods were haddock with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables and home made cottage pie.

Fruit was consumed daily and a healthy breakfast of porridge and toast with butter and marmalade plus a mug of English breakfast tea were the order of the day at 8am! She was also partial to a couple of shortbread biscuits with her afternoon cuppa, providing they were "genuine" ones from Scotland!! Sunday roasts were also made every week and usually consisted of beef or chicken.

Home cooked meals are the best

When I made casseroles and pies, I always made sure there was enough for two to three days. A large joint was bought for Sunday and enough vegetables were prepared for the following days' evening meal.

For a lot of people who are unable to cook, this type of diet isn't always possible. There may be dexterity problems or illnesses in some cases that deplete appetite. Many people skip breakfast and then their blood sugars drop dramatically causing unsteadiness and sometimes fainting. There are many cereals these days that come in individual portions, which are ideal if you live alone. It is very important to try and eat something first thing.

A friend of my mother has meals delivered to her doorstep by a company called Oakhouse Foods and always says how nutritious and tasty they are. Take a look at the wide variety they have on offer and this could be the answer to your needs. Providing main courses and puddings, one is spoilt for choice! Do take a look at their website or order one of their catalogues for ideas.

If you are able to round the day off with a nourishing cup of cocoa or drinking chocolate, then this is a diet that will sustain you through the winter and beyond. Supplements should not be necessary if food is prepared and cooked properly.

N.B If solid food cannot be eaten, then meal replacement drinks are available to purchase or can be obtained on prescription from your GP if deemed necessary.

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