Parkinson's Disease: Eating Right (cont.)
I Don't Feel like Eating, What Should I Do?
Here are some tips for improving poor appetite.
- Talk to your doctor; sometimes, poor appetite is due to depression, which can be treated. Your appetite will probably improve after depression is treated.
- Avoid non-nutritious beverages.
- Eat small, frequent meals and snacks.
- Walk or participate in another light activity to stimulate your appetite.
Here are some tips to help you eat more at meals.
- Drink beverages after a meal instead of before or during a meal so that you do not feel full before you begin eating.
- Plan meals to include your favorite foods.
- Try eating the high-calorie foods in your meal first.
- Use your imagination to increase the variety of food you're eating.
Here are some tips to help you eat snacks.
- Don't waste your energy eating foods that provide little or no nutritional value such as potato chips, candy bars, colas, and other snack foods.
- Choose high-protein and high-calorie snacks. High calorie snacks include: ice cream, cookies, pudding, cheese, granola bars, custard, sandwiches, nachos with cheese, eggs, crackers with peanut butter, bagels with peanut butter or cream cheese, cereal with half and half, fruit or vegetables with dips, yogurt with granola, popcorn with margarine and parmesan cheese, or bread sticks with cheese sauce.
How Can I Make Eating More Enjoyable?
- Make food preparation an easy task. Choose foods that are easy to prepare and eat.
- Make eating a pleasurable experience, not a chore. For example, liven up your meals by using colorful place settings and play background music during meals.
- Try not to eat alone. Invite a guest to share you meal or go out to dinner.
- Use colorful garnishes such as parsley and red or yellow peppers to make food look more appealing and appetizing.
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