After a stroke, returning to routine activities, like grocery shopping, can feel a bit daunting. Advanced planning and preparation can reduce stress and assist you in tackling this weekly chore. Encompass Health, along with the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association, have put together some helpful shopping tips for stroke survivors. Following these steps will help you conserve your energy and increase efficiency. To see these tips put into action, tune into the video, Grocery Shopping for Stroke Survivors.
Start by weekly meal planning. Make a list and stick to it. For convenience, organize your list into categories such as fruits and veggies, dairy, meat, and dry goods. Be sure to check your pantry, freezer, and refrigerator for items you may already have on hand. To save time, check to see if your supermarket offers a shopping app or online shopping list tool that tracks items you frequently purchase.
Look for ways to reduce shopping stress. Schedule your trip for times when the store is least busy or sign up for home delivery. If you need assistance, ask a friend or family member to accompany you. Assistive devices, like a reacher, may also be useful. Some survivors find a non-slip glove makes it easier to grasp items on store shelves. Remember, you can also use the shopping cart as a walker.
Following a stroke, eating healthfully is more important than ever and can reduce the risk of a second stroke. Aim for a well-balanced diet. Read food labels and keep an eye out for the American Heart Association heart check mark to assist you in choosing heart healthy food items.