Eating

A thermos flask can be useful to keep drinks, soups or food in, because they can keep things hot (or cold) for several hours, which can save you or your carer time and energy. Plates with a lip are available which make it easier to eat certain foods with one hand (e.g. lying down). There are also non-slip mats to stop the plate sliding around. If eating a complete meal is difficult, try to eat little and often. This could be better for anybody, particularly if low blood sugar is a problem; although it’s not so good for teeth. Make sure you always have some food with you especially if you often feel faint. Keep an overnight snack by the bed. It might be worth taking water to drink when you go out. Soft food can be very helpful when recovering from a collapse, saving energy for something big or if you are too ill to chew. Wide straws are useful for soups. Plastic cutlery, plates and cups are lightweight and also quieter than metal and china. A variety of adapted cutlery can be obtained some of which is bent at a particular angle. Others have built up handles for people with weak grip, although they may be heavier than standard cutlery. If you need an assistant to feed you, the long handles of knickerbocker glory spoons may save them having to lean over you. If you have a willing assistant and not too many allergies, food can play an important part in quality of life, especially if you spend a lot of your energy eating. Try out new foods and recipes, use an attractive bowl or cup, have sandwiches cut into interesting shapes. If you want to eat cornflakes but find them too crunchy, leave them in a bowl of milk until they get soggy. Heated meusli also loses some of its chewiness. People with very severe difficulty eating may benefit from liquid oral feeds or naso-gastric tube feeding.

People on restricted diets may have a higher chance of developing an intolerance or allergy to that food, so try to eat as varied a diet as possible. Wheat and dairy products are the two most common intolerances, and many people with M.E. find it better to avoid caffeine, sugar and alcohol. If you suspect you may have food allergies or intolerances it might be worth seeking advice. A GP can refer you to a dietician.

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