Monthly Archives: January 2018

Are Your Elderly Parents Eating Properly?

Whew!  It’s finally over, the holiday season that is.  Now the grind of winter begins with the light at the end of the tunnel (in the form of spring) almost too far away to see.  We all settle in to our “winter routines” and tend to go about our own business with blinders on due largely to family demands and cabin fever.  Unfortunately, during these isolated winter months, we tend to forget…perhaps “forget’ is too harsh a word…we tend to neglect…no, that’s worse than “forget”…we tend to overlook our aging parents, especially if we’re separated by distance.  And these gray, dreary, chilly winter months are probably when they need us more than any other time of the year.

As your parents go back to their homes after the holidays, they too fall into their winter routine and that routine could include poor nutrition.  In a recent study, it was discovered that 65% of elderly patients who visited an emergency room were either malnourished or at risk of malnutrition (read about it here: https://caregiver.com/articles/why-seniors-dont-eat/ ).  The reasons why seniors don’t eat properly are myriad: from loss of appetite, to dental issues, to side effects from meds, to being on a fixed income, to no desire to cook for one or two, to loss of taste and/or smell, to depression, to difficulty accessing a grocery store just to list the most common.

So now it’s time for you to re-pay your parents for all the years of love, care and affection they showered upon you as you grew from child to adult, whether they ask for it or not (because many seniors are too proud to ask for assistance).  Remember when mom (no, I’m not a closet sexist here, just referring to the most common dynamic) prepared all those meals for your family and ensured you got all the nutrition your growing body and mind required?  Of course you do, it’s usually one of our fondest memories.  Well, now it’s time to return the favor by checking up on them on a regular basis, again, whether they request it or not.  And part of checking up involves ensuring that their nutritional needs are being met, among many other things, but that’s a subject for another post.

If you discover that your senior parents are not eating properly, then the first step is to figure out why this is the case.  You may need to enlist the help of a doctor to figure this out.  If that’s the case, then, by all means, enlist the help of a doctor.  After all, mom carried you around for nine months, birthed you and then the two of them created the person you see in the mirror.  Once you determine the cause, then, more than likely, MagicKitchen.com can assist you in rectifying the situation, especially if you cannot be there to prepare meals for your parents on a daily basis.

Look, if you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you know I tend to be a jokey jokester, but not in this case.  We here at MagicKitchen.com take senior nutrition quite seriously and that’s reflected in the care we take in preparing and shipping meals to them and all our customers.

We offer a variety of delicious, nutritious and customizable senior meal programs, to include: gourmet, diabetic, dairy free, gluten free, low carb, and low sodium.

Our professional chefs use the freshest ingredients, with no preservatives, that they cook in small batches and then flash freeze to lock in freshness.  Your parent’s custom ordered meals are then quickly packaged in dry ice and then shipped to their door as often as you desire.  All that’s required of them (or you) is to heat the meal up in either the stove or microwave and enjoy!  This way, they have access to healthy meals that meet all their nutrition requirements without having to travel to the grocery store.  Also, there’s no preparation, cooking or cleaning up required and you get to be the good son or daughter!

Sound good?  Check it out here: https://www.magickitchen.com/meal-programs.html

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New Meals

We’ve got new meals! We’ve got new items on both the a la carte and the complete meals menus. Let me introduce you!

More meals are available, and even more are on the way. Keep checking our website! MagicKitchen.com

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Sensible Tips for Getting and Staying Healthy in the New Year

Yeah, no this isn’t a New Year’s resolution post.  It’s simply a post about how to improve your health that can be applied at any time.  I’m just simply writing about getting healthy on January third.  That, in no way, associates this post with the new year…just go with it, OK?

So why get healthier?  Oh, I don’t know, maybe to live longer, fend off obesity related diseases, feel better, have more energy, spend more time with friends and family, enjoy life more, or gain super powers like being able to run a 5K, bike 20 miles or hike to the highest point in your state.

Interested? If so, then here are some specific things to keep in mind as you begin your healthier 2018:

Be sensible – As the title suggests.  Don’t go frickin’ crazy and suddenly declare this is the year you run your first ultra-marathon or lose 100 pounds or get on American Ninja Warrior.  For if you do set frickin’ crazy goals you’re just setting yourself up for failure…and then depression…and then binge eating…and then you’ve just done the opposite of what you set out to do.

Establish reasonable and sensible goals – As Socrates was found of saying, “Know thy self,” although I think he said it in Greek.  Look in the mirror.  You know that person looking back at you better than anyone.  That being the case, set a challenging, yet achievable goal that you are more likely to achieve rather than not.

Set specific goals – rather than general ones.  For example: lose 20 pounds rather than lose weight; run an entire 10K rather than start running; eat five servings of fruits and vegetables every day rather than eat better; be physically active for one hour each day rather than exercise more.  Notice anything about the specific goals listed above?  They are all quantifiable.  They all have numbers associated with them that can be monitored and if you achieve them in July then set new ones.

Start slow – You have an entire year after all.  Don’t suddenly start fasting in an attempt to lose weight.  Don’t spend three hours in the gym on day one.  Don’t cut out sugar cold turkey.  Don’t go vegan on a whim.  Do gradually cut out junk food.  Do go to the gym for 30 minutes or so for two weeks or so to start.  Do track your sugar intake and then slowly cut it back without entirely eliminating it.  Do stop eating red meat for a week and see how it goes.

Be consistent – Come hell or high water, keep chasing your goal.  If you plan on exercising an hour each day, then, like Nike says, just damn well do it.  Yes, I know life intrudes on goal attainment, but if you’re sporadic in your efforts, failure soon will follow (Hell, now I sound like Confucius).

Go public – Shout your specific goal from the rooftops.  Tell anyone that will listen what your goal is and then tell them again.  Request that they ask you how close you are to your goal on a regular basis.  It’s amazing how sharing your goal with others serves as motivation.

Get help – In the form of others who have a similar goal and use them to help you achieve that goal.  Use them to get your lazy ass out of bed and/or out of the house.  Use them to slap that Snickers bar out of your hand.  Use them to forcefully tell you to back away from that massive piece of cake.  Use them to lace up your jogging shoes.  Use them to make you feel guilty if you backslide.  Use them to give you healthy recipes.  And finally, use them to cheer you on when you hit a significant milestone.

There you have it.  Your blueprint for a healthier 2018.  I’m not saying that if you follow all seven you’re guaranteed success, but it will sure increase your chances.  Happy New Year, good luck and stay strong!

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