Diet & Nutrition
Diet During Illness
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However, when you are ill, you may not feel like eating. You may lose your appetite, have a dry or sore mouth or throat, experience nausea and vomiting, or be constipated. Because of illness or medication you may even experience changes in how things taste. Worry and fear often accompany illness and may also contribute to loss of appetite.
Because your nutritional needs change during illness, your diet may need to change as well. General dietary recommendations for health promotion and disease prevention emphasize less fat and fewer calories through smaller portions of meat and dairy products and increased emphasis on grains, fruits and vegetables. However, with diminished appetite during illness or therapy, it may not be possible to eat as much at the very time your need for calories and protein is increased. For these reasons, your health care provider may advise that you concentrate on eating more meat, dairy products and fats in order to get the necessary protein and calories. You may even need to cut back on fruits, vegetables and grains (which are lower in protein and calories) in order to eat enough of these other foods.