1. Try small frequent meals instead of three large meals
  2. Serve your favorite food items often
  3. Use your imagination and increase variety of your foods.
  4. Keep high protein and high calorie snacks available
  5. Avoid non-nutritive beverages such as black coffee, tea or water.
  6. Vary food colors and use garnish to increase eye appeal.
  7. If you only eat small amounts at meals – make your calories count: add butter or margarine if you like the flavor, mix canned cream soups with milk or half and half instead of water, drink eggnog, milkshakes or prepared liquid supplements between meals, add cream sauce or melted cheese to your favorite vegetables.


  1. Make eating an enjoyable occasion: use colorful place settings, background music, soft lights or whatever helps you to feel good while eating.
  2. Stimulate your appetite with light exercise.
  3. Make food preparation and eating as easy as possible. Choose foods that are easy to prepare. When you feel like thinking about food, make some simple meals and freeze them to use later.
  4. Try not to eat alone. Eat with family or friends, go out to eat or turn on the TV or radio.


If weight loss occurs, check with your doctor. If you need help selecting a diet —ask your doctor for a dietary consultation.

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