Eating Well As You Get Older

Frequently Asked Questions

32. What should I do if I don't feel like eating?

If you often don't feel like eating, talk with your health care provider. Simple changes could help you overcome challenges to eating well and help you enjoy meals more. These changes can help make sure that you get the nutrients and calories you need for healthy, active living.

Your doctor or other health care provider might suggest changing your medicines, eating softer foods, or avoiding foods that cause gas or other digestive problems. If you have trouble chewing food, talk with your doctor or dentist about problems with your teeth or gums. Not being able to chew well could also mean that your dentures need to be adjusted.

If you don't feel like eating because food no longer tastes good, you might try cooking meals in new ways or using different herbs and spices. Make sure your foods are seasoned well, but not with extra salt. Try using lemon juice, vinegar, or herbs to boost the flavor of your good. Experiment with regional dishes or vegetarian recipes. Find recipes online. Type the name of a food and the word “recipes” into a search window to look for ideas. You might also experiment with different kinds of fruits, vegetables, and grains that add interest to your meals.