When Someone Has Poor Appetite
Poor appetite is common with cancer treatments between the fatigue and the side effects. Here are some tips to help you or your loved ones deal with poor appetite.
Remember Why You Need Nutrition
- Feel better
- Increase energy and strength
- Maintain healthy weight
- Tolerate treatment side effects better
- Recover and heal as quickly as possible
Follow These Tips
- Eat 5-6 small meals so you don’t get too tired
- Try to be physically active, as recommended by your doctor, to increase energy
- Make your eating area pretty with flowers and napkins
- Keep healthy snacks on hand so you don’t go longer than 2-3 hours without eating
- Plan ahead so that friends and family can help you shop and meal prep for the week
- Eat high calorie and high protein foods throughout the day so you’re getting good fuel every time you eat
- Try nutrition supplement drinks to get more calories, protein, vitamins, and minerals
My intern has been working hard identifying recipes for making nutritional supplement drinks (like Ensure, Boost, Carnation Instant Breakfast, etc.) taste better. One of the common complaints for people who have to consume them is that they don’t taste good.
These drinks aren’t necessary for everyone, but the one case that they’re recommended for sure is when a person cannot consume enough food to meet their calorie, protein and other nutrient needs. For some going through cancer treatment, this is a significant issue!
Tips for Drinking Ensure
The added vitamins and minerals can give nutrition supplement drinks an unpleasant taste. Because of this, it is best to drink these drinks:
- cold AND
- over ice AND
- in a cup with a lid and a straw.
Try different flavors, like chocolate, vanilla, and even butter pecan, and remember you can blend them into smoothies, milkshakes, and even make ice cream and pudding with them! Look out for our recipes in the recipe and video sections.