This article offers tips for dealing with food, including shopping and preparation. Because everyones circumstance is different, there is no one size fits all solution. For example, some people can only eat certain types of organic food, while others can eat a wide range of food. What I will cover here is what Ive found helpful for me in the hopes that it can help some of you.
Shopping in a Market. When I first became ill I was still able to shop at the market. But I had to pace myself. I never went to two stores in one outing. And when I got home from shopping, Id only carry one load of food into my apartment. I left the rest in the trunk of my car, and brought the rest in as health allowed. And, of course, this meant I had to limit how many refrigerator items I bought in one outing. I also avoided buying too many heavy items.
In Store Pickup. I recently noticed a market that has this service. With this you tell them what you want to buy via their website and a time you want to pick it up. I assume they gather the items and bag them for you. This type of shopping is offered at albertsons.com.
Home Delivery. I can no longer do my own shopping, so now I use home delivery. I order from safeway.com. If you need organic food, search Google for organic food delivery. There are national and local services. Also, see if there are food staples you use that could be ordered from amazon.com or various sites that sell food.
Food Services. There are food preparation services like Project Angel Food and Meals on Wheels. They prepare meals for you and deliver them to your home. You will have to research if/how they apply to your situation. Ive never used them.
Restaurant Delivery. This can be very cost-effective depending on the size of the meals. And it is also possible to get fairly healthy food. For example, I order steamed vegetables and steamed chicken from a local Chinese restaurant, and the portion they send is big enough for three meals.
Food Preparation. In my case, food has to be prepared with as little standing as possible. So I bought a drafting chair, which is high enough for me to sit at the kitchen counter or sink. Even with this, I eventually realized I had to spend less time being in an upright position. So I started buying prewashed lettuce and spinach for my salads. Sometimes lunch is just an unheated can of soup, rice cakes, and some V8 juice. Or dinner might be some heated frozen veggies with a small can of chicken mixed in.
Caregiver Help. Of course, a lot the problems can be solved if you have someone to help you. A caregiver can prepare meals and shop. One of my caregivers would prepare several meals and put them in the refrigerator for use over several days. See my blog about caregivers.
If you have any tips you would like to share, please add them as replies to this blog.
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Blog entry posted by Andrew, Aug 11, 2011.