You need to eat enough protein and calories to keep your weight up. Ask your doctor about liquid food supplements that can help you meet your caloric needs and keep up your strength.
To make eating easier:
- Choose foods that you like.
- Eat foods with gravy, broth, or sauce to make them easier to chew and swallow.
- Eat small meals and eat more often.
- Cut your food into small pieces to make it easier to chew.
- Ask your doctor or dentist if artificial saliva might help you.
Drink 8 to 12 cups of liquid each day (not including coffee, tea, or other drinks that have caffeine).
- Drink liquids with your meals.
- Sip cool drinks during the day.
- Keep a glass of water next to your bed at night. Drink when you get up to use the bathroom or other times you wake up.
Do not drink alcohol or beverages that contain alcohol. They will bother your throat.
Avoid foods that are very spicy, that contain a lot of acid, or that are very hot or very cold.
If pills are hard to swallow, ask your doctor if it is OK to crush your pills. (Some pills do not work if they are crushed.) If it is OK, crush them up and add them to some ice cream or another soft food.