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Below are articles of interest that Mary Arnold, RN, highly recommends for informative reading..

When Eating Isn't Fun:
Practical Hints for Eating Healthfully

by Regina Cunningham MA, RN, AOCN

Dealing with a sore mouth:
When it hurts to swallow and eat

Report new mouth sores to the doctor or nurse.

Clean mouth often; use an anesthetic mouth rinse before eating.

Avoid foods that are acidic, spicy, or hot.

Try frozen popsicles or other frozen foods to help decrease pain.

Try soft foods that are easy to swallow.

Moisten foods with liquid to soften.

Nausea and vomiting:
Help for feeling queasy

Salty foods may decrease nausea.

Avoid heavy, creamy, or fried foods.

Try bland, low-fat foods.

Loosen clothes, get fresh air and sit upright for 1/2 hours after eating.

Try small frequent meals rather than large meals.

If nausea or vomiting can be predicted, avoid favorite foods during this time.

Report unrelieved nausea or vomiting to the doctor, nurse, or dietitian.

Loss of appetite:
When eating is a chore

Prepare (or have someone else prepare) your favorite foods. Store properly in a convenient place.

Consume at least a third of daily calories for breakfast. Appetite tends to be better in the morning and diminishes as the day goes on.

Try small, frequent meals instead of large meals. Just looking at a large meal can make your appetite go away.

Have a high-calorie, high-protein snacks readily available.

Light exercise (5-10 minutes) about 1/2 hr before eating may help stimulate appetite.

Create a fun, pleasant atmosphere for eating.

Make eating a social event.

Encourage luscious, caloric desserts!

Add powdered milk to foods to increase protein content.

Work with your doctor, nurse, and dietitian to learn other ways to improve appetite.
Dealing with taste changes:
When things don't taste right

Keep your mouth feeling fresh. Gently brush, floss, and rinse frequently, unless unable.

Increase liquids like water, club soda, or fruit juices to remove some unusual tastes.

Try sucking on hard candies or chewing sugar-free gum to decrease bitter or metallic tastes.

If metallic taste is a problem, prepare foods in non-metal containers and use plastic utensils.

Cold foods may taste better than hot foods. Experiment to find what's best for you.

Extra spices or garlic may improve flavor.

Constipation Remedy

by Glenna Richards, RN, MSN, CFNP

Many adult patients suffer from chronic constipation. To decrease reliance on stool softeners and laxatives, nondiabetic patients should eat 4 oz of pineapple daily. The enzyme in frozen, fresh, or canned pineapple promotes regularity, and is an affordable alternative to over the counter medications or enemas.