Diabetes is one health condition where frequent smaller meals and snacks are recommended to maintain blood sugar levels. Your mom may have a metabolic disorder. Some people deal with insomnia if they don’t have something to eat at night. For whatever reason, your mom needs to eat every few hours. If she doesn’t, it affects her emotional or physical health. What can you and her 24-hour home care provider do to help her?
Focus on Protein
Protein fills you up, and the effects can last. Your mom doesn’t want to overeat, which could lead to heartburn as the digestive process begins while she’s lying down. Instead, she wants to have a small meal that’s high in protein. She could have a serving of a three-bean salad or a serving of scrambled eggs with tofu. Yogurt is also high in protein and can be filling if you make a yogurt parfait with muesli.
Keep Fresh Fruit on Hand
Fresh fruit is a quick and easy snack. Plus, it’s packed with antioxidants that help the immune system and cell health. Frozen grapes are a filling snack. An apple, depending on the variety, is often low in calories and high in fiber.
Fill Up on Fiber
Foods high in fiber stay in the stomach longer, helping your mom feel fuller for a longer time. Make the middle of the night snack a bowl of overnight oats or something similar.
Instead of adding cream that’s high in fat and adding sugar/carbs, she should consider making the overnight oats with mashed banana or unsweetened applesauce and almond milk. She can top it with walnuts, apple pieces, and hemp seeds for additional fiber.
Your mom’s doctor recommends she eats a snack or small meal every few hours. It’s easier for her to manage in the day, but it isn’t very easy at night when she’s sleeping. You can’t get up through the night to get something for her and make sure she’s awake and eating.
Would 24-Hour Home Care Help?
What do you do when you’re not able to be with your mom all day and night? Learn more about 24-hour home care services. She can have caregivers with her during the day and night to ensure someone is with her to cook meals and ensure she’s eating enough.
With 24-hour home care, your mom’s caregivers work in shifts. Whoever is at her house to help out is awake and ready to take care of whatever she needs. Call our agency to discuss the services and prices.