(NC) Healthy eating may seem like a challenge,
especially if you live on your own. Sometimes cooking just for yourself
can feel like a chore rather than an enjoyable pastime. Plus, changes in
your body and medications may affect your appetite. The solution?
Eating with others.
This can spark some joy into your life, and these social connections
can improve your overall well-being. As well, you may eat more than if
you were by yourself, which may mean getting more nutrients to keep you
If you’re not sure where to start, ask your local community centre
about groups you could join or if there’s a meal program you can
participate in. You can also enlist a friend, family or neighbour to
shop, cook or share a meal with and try new foods together. Share
cooking with a friend by taking turns making meals every other day. You
can also be proactive and organize a potluck with your neighbours.
Of course, it’s not always possible to eat with others. When prepping
food for yourself, start by making a list of simple meals and snacks
you like to eat. Try cooking once and freezing the leftovers for another
meal. If you find cooking difficult, choose recipes that use fewer
ingredients, like soups. Or make no-cook sandwich fillings, like egg,
tuna or hummus. Spruce up solo eating by setting up a nice place to eat
and listening to your favourite music.
Find more information and subscribe to Canada’s food guide at canada.ca/foodguide.