This week is nutrition and hydration week
Here is some useful information on improving your nutritional intake from Nutricia.
Food and water are essential for health. Good nutrition can help the body to maintain or improve strength, stay mobile and keep up independence; however illness and old age can put a strain on the body. Many people, when living with a medical condition, recovering from an illness or operation, or even as they get older, may find they cannot eat as much as usual and sometimes lose weight.
During illness or recovery the body can be under increased stress and may need more energy, protein, vitamins and minerals, even if someone is less mobile. These nutrients are essential to maintain weight, improve recovery and maintain independence, as well as helping to support the response to medical treatment.
If you or someone you care for is struggling to eat enough food, trying to base meals and snacks on the following foods may help, as they are high in energy and protein.
Food which provides protein and energy:
- Meat, oily fish, eggs, nuts, and full fat dairy (such as milk, yoghurt or cheese).
Foods which are a great source of energy:
- Pasta, potatoes, bread, rice, crackers or oatcakes, and snacks (such as biscuits, cakes, chocolate or crisps)
Furthermore, some practical tips to help improve nutritional intake include:
- Eating small, frequent meals and snacks every 2-3 hours.
- Avoid drinking fluids with meals which may reduce how much is eaten.
- Get some fresh air outside or sit by an open window prior to, or during, eating.
- Use smaller portions on small plates as large servings may reduce appetite further.
- Consume nourishing milk based drinks