Some local carer services offer workshops where you can learn to cook if this is something you have missed out on or if you’d simply like to get new ideas. You may be able to meet other carers who understand how difficult it can be to find time to eat well.
You can also find a lot of advice online. A good place to start is Food and diet on NHS Choices.
There are lots of recipes and advice on websites and blogs. Here are a few to get you started:
Eating on a budget
It can be very difficult to eat well if you are trying to manage on a tight budget. There are ways to eat well for less, for example planning meals in advance, freezing food and looking out for good offers.
- 20 tips to eat well for less on NHS Choices
- Healthy eating on a budget from the British Heart Foundation
- Cheap eat recipes from BBC good food
See what great advice was shared on our event for young adult carers about food on a budget on our Matter website.
You may find it helpful to do your grocery shopping online you can keep a close eye on what you are spending.
You may also be able to get help from Healthy Start.
Eat well, feel better
What you eat can affect how you feel. Watch Mind's video below, called How to manage your mood with food - 8 Tips, to see how simple changes to your diet could improve your mood:
Have meals delivered
You, and the person you care for, may be able to get meals at home. This is sometimes called meals on wheels. It may be something that you choose to spend Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Attendance Allowance or Carer's Allowance on. See if you can can get meals at home
There are also companies where you can buy ready meals that you can just heat up. This can save you a lot of time and may be something that the person you care for can manage for themselves if you are not around. You can also buy ready meals at the supermarket and they may be able to be delivered to your home if you shop online.
You can get support, every day of the year, from our online services for carers. Carers Trust online services are open to all carers, wherever you live in the UK and whatever your age.
- Babble for young carers under 18
- Matter for young adult carers 16 to 25
- Carers Space for adult carers.
You could see if eating well is something other carers are discussing.
Talk to your GP
If you worried about your eating and your health tell your GP. Make sure they know you are a carer.