Keeping in Shape


Between work and home life, there never seems to be enough hours in the day to pay attention to the little things (that can have a big impact!) like nutrition. Combined with increasingly sedentary lifestyles, this unhealthy trend has led to an overweight problem in America where 78 million U.S. adults are considered obese.

Because of this, everyone should take the time to think about what you’re eating. Don’t just “shove it in” because you’re starving. Learn to “savor the flavor of eating right.” So, if you are looking to get healthy with your own food or want to set a good example for the people you care for, here are some great tips to get in shape:

  • Don’t skip breakfast: If you think skipping breakfast is an easy way to slim down this month, think again. Starting your day with a balance of lean protein, whole grains, fruits and even vegetables can keep you satisfied until lunch and give you the energy needed to fuel your morning. It also helps you eat less in the evenings to balance your daily intake of calories.
  • Expand your palate: We understand that you and your loved ones may think healthy food has to be bland, but if you simply expand your palate, you’ll discover a whole array of tasty options that can benefit your vitality. Try something different, vibrant and full of beneficial micronutrients and you might find your new favorite food – maybe even kale.
  • Cook more: While eating out or getting fast food can save you time, it can cost you calories – 65 percent more than the average home-cooked meal. Fast food also tends to have a significantly higher amount of trans fats, which can increase your chances of heart disease. Cooking nice, healthy meals is ideal, but it can be time consuming, especially if you’re taking care of an older loved one. This is where non-medical in-home caregivers can help.
  • Love your food in smaller amounts: As we get older, our bodies need fewer calories to maintain a healthy body weight. This means portion control is a big factor in staying in shape. Adding fiber-rich foods like fruits and vegetables to your favorite meals is a great way to keep you full longer.

Maintaining your diet can be tough, especially if you’re also caring for a loved one at home. It is important for the family to work together to develop special diets, eating schedules and meal preparations designed with your health in mind.

This article is provided by Cesar Cantor, Owner, FirstLight Home Care, 305 East Ramsey, San Antonio, TX 78216. For more information, visit us online at or call us at (210) 987-CARE (2273).

Submitted By: FirstLight Home Care

Phone Number: (210) 987-CARE (2273)