Nov 15, 2021

This solution is helping older Australians enjoy a longer and healthier life

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Sadly, malnutrition is a problem that impacts many older Australians, as was evidenced in the results of the Royal Commission into aged care. Often people may lose weight unintentionally as they get older, however, this is not a healthy part of ageing. In fact, the evidence suggests that as we age it is better to carry a little extra weight to help see us through times of illness when our appetite may not be at its best.

Eating the right foods each day will provide your body with enough protein and calories to prevent muscle and weight loss, and reduce your risk of malnutrition. As we age, maintaining muscle mass and a healthy weight can help older Australians to stay independent, active and – most importantly – promote longevity.

Some ways to increase your calories and protein intake across the day include: 

  •   Add custard, yoghurt or cream to snacks and meals. 
  •   Serve vegetables with a drizzle of oil or some melted cheese.
  •   Spread toast or sandwiches thickly with butter and other spreads.
  •   Avoid filling up on watery drinks, such as tea or coffee, or even water. You can enjoy those beverages when you’re not eating.
  •   Snack on high protein and calorie dense foods such as a handful of nuts, cheese crackers, some toast with thick cream cheese or peanut butter, yoghurt or a milkshake.
  •   Find favourites and add flavour, such as adding your favourite chutney or sauces, or citrus or other herbs, spices and seasoning to boost the flavour of the meals.

“It’s also important for seniors to have a varied diet, not only to keep their interest, but also to achieve nutritional balance,” Ms Jones said.

She added, “Consuming a variety of different foods helps us to create a robust and healthy gut microbiome, maximise our nutrient intake and avoid deficiencies.”

Developed by dietitians and prepared by chefs, Lite n’ Easy offers more than just a weight loss solution. It also offers great tasting meals, designed to promote healthy eating and well-being.

In addition to Lite n’ Easy’s normal menu, My Choice by Lite n’ Easy is a new range of meals that have been developed to help older Australians eat well and live at home longer. 

Currently available in NSW, QLD and WA, My Choice are protein and energy dense meals packed full of taste and goodness. They have been specifically designed by dietitians for older people with smaller appetites.

Home Care Package recipients may also be entitled to a split billing arrangement, where the recipient pays just 30% of the Lite n’ Easy order, and the Home Care Package provider pays 70%. For HCP recipients, this reduces the cost of a meal from around $12 to less than $4, based on a standard 7 Dinner meal pack.

To see how Lite n’ Easy is a great way to enjoy a longer, healthier life, we caught up with Elizabeth from Adelaide.

“Before I started ordering Lite n’ Easy, I would begin the afternoon thinking about what I might cook for dinner. As the day diminished, I would take my dog for a walk and feed the animals, then end up deciding on a toasted cheese sandwich or maybe a couple of dry biscuits with cheese and a bowl of ice-cream at about 8pm.”

Elizabeth continued, “Realising that this was not good, I contacted my Home Care Package (HCP) provider to ask about meal provider options and they directed me to Lite n’ Easy. I started ordering and have not looked back. I love Lite n’ Easy!

“I tell people I have my own personal chef and send photographs of the food to my kids who worry about me not eating properly. I now know that whatever time I finish my working day, I can go to my fridge or freezer and choose my dinner, cook it in eight minutes, serve it up on a plate or bowl, and sit down in front of the TV for the evening.”

“I have told all my friends in similar situations how efficient it is and they have been very impressed. I invite them to look in my freezer and see the selection.”

Elizabeth added, “I am physically disadvantaged with back problems and walk with a stick or walker, so being able to perform such a simple preparation each evening is just wonderful.”

Think you could benefit from Lite n’ Easy like Elizabeth? Visit https://www.liteneasy.com.au/seniors/ or call on 13 15 12.

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