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You may find it hard to eat healthily if you are very busy caring.  There are simple ways to improve the way you eat and this can help you stay well and have enough energy for caring.

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.

    Recipes 

    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.

    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

        Talk to your GP

        If you worried about your eating and your health tell your GP. Make sure they know you are a carer.

        Next update due: June 2017