Nutrition Support For Cancer

Nutrition Support for Cancer

When you have a loss of appetite:

Loss of appetite is common with illness, medical treatment, certain medication, anxiety, pain or depression. It is still important to eat even though you don’t feel hungry to prevent weight loss and nourish your body. It might be helpful to schedule your meals at regular times rather than in response to hunger.

Try the following tips:

  • Have small, frequent meals or snacks instead of 3 larger meals. You may even eat every 2 hours
  • Use a small plate as a large full plate may put you off eating.
  • Stock up on range of ready-to eat meals and snacks for times when you don’t feel like preparing food, e.g. soups, frozen meals, nuts, dairy desserts, cheese and crackers, dips
  • Choose nourishing liquids for example milk, milk based drinks, or commercial supplements such as ‘Ensure’, or ‘Sustagen’
  • Add more calories to your dishes by adding cream, butter, milk, milk powder, salad dressings or oil
  • Treat yourself to your favourite foods. Eat them at any time of the day (e.g. Breakfast foods at dinner)

You may find softer foods which require less chewing easier to eat

  • Try drinking fluids in between meals as having fluids with your meals can fill you up
  • If there are certain times of the day when you feel like eating more, take advantage of this by eating well at those times.
  • Gentle physical activity can stimulate appetite. Try taking a short walk around your house or the block.
  • Enjoy meals with family and friends where possible and present food in an attractive manner