Sometimes there may be certain tastes that a patient can't define at all or they pattern likes and dislikes change immeasurably. It may even lead the patient to skip meals or even forget to eat if food just doesn't appeal to them because of taste, mouth sores, texture and more.
When you look at a plate of food, you undoubtedly look to the amount on the plate, the color, the smell and the taste of the foods set before you. A patient going through treatment does much the same. Many patients have described a tinny taste to their foods, or they cannot tolerate meat, or the smell of food cooking in the house. A new look and a new perspective is important in dealing with the patient's needs. Seasoning may become their new best friend. This does not mean that you should have spicy foods though. I found for myself it was easier to stick to a specific schedule and to have small frequent meals rather than three large ones through the day. It is important to find a place that is inviting to sit at and eat your food as well. Eating in bed is not always a great tactic not only for digestion but also for your mental well being. Emotions can and do play into your feeding patterns.
If you continue to experience some difficulties or have concerns, contact your healthcare team. Not only do you need to consider taste and smell, and sight, and texture, but also temperature. This may yet be another factor and this again is important to work with your team in order to avoid developing a negative connotation in relationship with food. The team and specifically a nutritionist may help you to achieve a good nutritional balance as well as taking in your taste differences and likes and dislikes.
Make a list of your current likes and dislikes and be open to listening to a new way to incorporate into a nutritionally balanced diet that meets your specific needs. Food is a healer as well as an emotional comforter, having said that, it is now time for my chicken salad and banana for lunch and make it a great day! S
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