I’m concerned. He has history of arrhythmia. I am his caregiver.

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I hid all the sweet stuff my husband would want to snack on. I would leave a "box" of his favorite cookies on top of the refrigerator with only 1 pack in the box. (2 wafer type cookies to the pack) and I would leave apples, oranges, bananas out for him.
It actually became easier to control when he had more difficulty walking and transitioned to a wheelchair. I would just put stuff on the table that he could have.
(come to think about it he never pushed himself in the chair, I don't think I ever really thought about that until just now!🤦‍♀️)
Several smaller meals rather than 3 larger ones so that he is eating more often.
If breakfast is 2 eggs, toast and juice break it up so that he has eggs an hour or so later some toast with jam and later on some fruit rather than the juice.
If lunch is a sandwich and soup break that so that he has the soup, an hour or so later the sandwich.
A snack of some fruit or yogurt then dinner.
Keep dinner smaller and a snack before bed for his "dessert".
I should follow this but I don't..My Grandma used to say "Eat Breakfast like a King, Lunch like a Prince and Dinner like a Pauper"
I sorta started doing this with my Husband since he would fall asleep and often sleep through lunch. I would serve him his largest most filling meal at breakfast when he was fully rested after a night sleep. Then a bit lighter lunch and dinner if he was awake for either.
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Sklilja Sep 29, 2021
Thanks for the ideas. I do need to clean out the junk food. He seems to want to eat every hour so breaking up his meal is a good suggestion. I am his care giver and his dementia gets worse gradually. He is on morphine at night so maybe that increases his desire for sweets. He also eats me out of sweet pickles!
Again, thank you.
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Assuming you mean he's become a 'snacker' and not a 'smacker', since there's a big difference in meaning here! Control what he snacks on by getting rid of junk food in the house and giving him controlled portions of healthy foods every few hours; 6 small meals a day are better for his blood sugar and glycemic index than 3 large meals a day are. Keep a tray of raw veggies and low fat dip on hand as as well as cut up apples and other fruits as well as low fat yoghurt cups. Speak to his doctor as well, who may be able to refer you to a nutritionist for advice.

Nutrition tips
Provide a balanced diet with a variety of foods. Offer vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low-fat dairy products and lean protein foods.
Limit foods with high saturated fat and cholesterol. ...
Cut down on refined sugars. ...
Limit foods with high sodium and use less salt.

Good luck!
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Sklilja Sep 29, 2021
Thank you. Yes snacker was the word.
I’m going to try some of your suggestions. I am his only caregiver. He is on a lot of medications for his heart, blood pressure, stomach … also he’s on morphine so I have to be careful to be sure he doesn’t get plugged up.
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