(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 healthy. 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.
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