For most of our lives, eating brings us great pleasure. We have our favourite dishes, our staples, our nutritional considerations, our comfort foods and our treats. This love affair with food tends to be a world-wide phenomenon, and everywhere you go, people enjoy a multitude of rituals involving the planning, preparing and eating of food.
However, as people get older, eating and food sometimes lose their appeal. This can happen for a variety of different reasons. It may be that they don’t feel hungry or that loss of appetite is a side effect of a medication they are on. They may feel depressed and generally disinterested in most things in life – eating included. They may find it challenging to prepare meals and dislike what others prepare for them. Or perhaps they are having difficulty chewing or are experiencing discomfort or indigestion when they eat.
Whatever the situation, we can’t stop eating, and where possible – food should be a delight! If your loved one has lost their passion for food, it is important to explore the reasons and if possible, try and make adjustments that will help restore their appetite and joy of eating.
If all that seems to be missing is a good strong appetite and the energy required to muster up enjoyment, here are some suggestions for reigniting their passion for eating:
Food is not the most important thing in life, but it’s a big part of living… and for as long as possible, we should enjoy it! And most definitely… have dessert!