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. Experiment with ethnic foods, regional dishes, or vegetarian recipes. You might also try new recipes and experiment with different kinds of fruits, vegetables, and grains that add interest to your meals.