How do I stimulate my appetite?

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People lose their appetites for many reasons, including stress, illness or medication side effects. If you find you are rarely hungry, consider ways to healthfully stimulate your appetite:
  • Add color, texture and aroma to your meals to make them more appealing. Easy additions include brightly colored crunchy vegetables.
  • Eat with friends and family. Sometimes the fun of dining with others can boost your appetite.
  • Fill your house with enticing smells such as fresh baked goods.
  • Keep your favorite healthful foods on hand. Sometimes convenience can aid you in eating more.
  • Engage in physical activity just before you eat. Even a short walk can increase your appetite.
  • If stress is a problem for you, try to keep conversations during meals pleasant.
If you remain concerned about your lack of appetite, contact a registered dietitian for additional advice.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.