Thursday, March 10, 2016
Djeat? Well, did you?
“Djeat?” is a Southern question, it’s one we’re asked by grandmothers, mothers, aunts, and friends within a few minutes of walking in the house. It means, “Did you eat?” As Southerners, food is so much more than just nourishment; it’s support, friendship, love…a whole range of positive feelings.
So, if I ask you, as a caregiver, “Djeat?” I’m broadly asking, “Are you taking care of yourself?”
But, in this short message let me be more focused. Are you taking care of yourself nutritionally? Caregivers are terrible about eating right in order to maintain their energy levels. We’ll grab a snack instead of a meal, or snack constantly, or miss a meal because we’ve got all these other things we have to do.
As I keep telling caregivers, if you don’t take care of yourself you won’t be able to take care of others.