How do I keep eating when I’ve lost my appetite?

  • Make a plan to eat regular snacks 5 to 7 times each day, rather than 3 big meals.
  • Eat a diet high in energy and protein such as desserts, full cream dairy food and eggs.
  • Keep up your fluids – drink water, smoothies, juice, eat soups
  • Eat different foods that may be easier to chew or swallow
  • Add spices, garlic and onion to foods to improve taste.
  • Keep your fridge, freezer and pantry stocked with snacks, fruits and vegetables so you have options that are ready to eat/need minimal preparation.
  • If you struggle with eating enough to maintain your weight, speak to your healthcare professional, and if directed, take 2 bottles of Fortisip Compact Protein every day.

What foods will provide important nutrients for maintaining your weight?

Include foods that are high in calories (energy), protein-rich and nutrient dense. Ask your doctor to refer you to a dietitian who will be able to suggest the best foods for your needs and give you tips on healthy eating, like the following examples.

  • Protein: milk, yoghurt, cheese, eggs, lentils, meat and fish (e.g. salmon).
  • Energy: nuts, seeds, avocados, olive oil, whole grain crackers.
  • Vitamins/Minerals: vegetables, fruits, green leafy vegetables, herbs and spices.

It’s important to stay active and keep moving most days, if you’re able to. Even taking a short walk or stretching a couple of times a day can help circulation and muscle tone, and can lift your mood and improve your overall wellbeing.

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