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Our Caregiver's e-Mall is filling up with great stores and a growing number of items just in time for the holidays. Whether you browse and find a book or tape to help you with caregiving, or come across a wonderful gift for a friend or family member, the e-Mall can be your source for easy shopping and gift-giving.
So, click on the dark blue Caregiver's e-Mall buttons throughout our site and enter a comfortable, secure shopping experience with major merchants while avoiding the hassle of having to find a parking place or matching your shopping hours with someone else's. Our mall is just a click away and is open 24 hours every day.
Watch for additional stores opening in the e-Mall soon!
posted: July 31, 2006
By adding the proper amount of fiber to our diets and that of our elderly, we can create a natural laxative in our bodies, avoiding the need for more harsh and sometimes dangerous laxatives – both prescription and over-the-counter – to combat constipation.
For the full story on the good and bad of laxatives and our elderly, see the July 2006 feature article in Caregiver’s Home Companion.
Here are 10 tips on using fiber to naturally balance your elimination schedule:
1. Switch to bran cereal for breakfast.
2. Sprinkle bran in soups, casseroles, and salads.
3. Substitute whole grain flour for about half of the all purpose flour in your favorite recipes.
4. Look for the first ingredient to be whole grain when shopping for bread, crackers, cereals, and pasta.
5. Switch from white rice to brown rice.
6. Try out whole grains for dinner, such as bulgur, barley, buckwheat, quinoa, or millet.
7. Instead of fruit juice, offer fresh fruit.
8. Include vegetables with each meal.
9. Offer a handful of nuts and dried fruit for a snack.
10. Include more dried beans and legumes in your menu, from tossing them into salads to featuring them as a high-fiber side dish.
-- Sharon Palmer, RD
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