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Should I worry if my mom will only eat certain types of food?

Mom lives with us and has suddenly developed very picky eating habits, she is like a two year old that won't eat anything brightly colored. She would live on mashed potatoes and pasta if I let her. How can I get her to eat a healthy diet?
Status: Open    Aug 09, 2014 - 05:28 PM

Caregiving, Senior Health & Nutrition

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Mar 07, 2015 - 02:18 PM

How old is she? My mom 92 has at least one "healthy" meal I prepare for her, but she is willing to eat yogurt and cookies for lunch. And I say go ahead you've lived this long! Enjoy what you want. Also an "Ensure" for breakfast gives her most of the mineral and vitamins she needs.

Mar 08, 2015 - 04:31 PM

She probably cannot chew the food. My partial for my teeth broke and now had to change my eating habits. Food must be cooked longer so softer to chew, or ground up in food chopper or blender. Also I started getting reactions, unpleasant ones to some foods and had to quit eating them.

Mar 08, 2015 - 08:33 PM

It might be that mashed potatoes and pasta are easier for her to eat.
Does she have dental problems?
My "gut" reaction is if she has a good meal once during the day I would say this is not something that is worth an "argument" about.
If you can make the pasta one with lots of veggies great. If you can make the mashed potatoes part of a casserole that might make it easer for your Mom.
You don't say how old your Mom is or if she has medical conditions. If she is otherwise healthy let her have this "phase"

Nov 22, 2015 - 07:56 AM

My very elderly grandmothers (I had two 100 year old grannies!) did the same thing. When I took them to their doctor, he said to me "I tell all my patients over the age of 85 that they can eat whatever they want, including sweets such as ice cream, cake, cookies, etc." When I asked him why, he told me that generally people over a certain age have trouble retaining their weight and it's better to have them eat something they enjoy than not have them eat at all. I did all their grocery shopping, so it was funny to see the looks I got from the cashiers when the conveyor belt was filled with pie, cake, cookies and ice cream! My mother did cook them their main meals of meats, vegetables and starches. She did, however, have to grind the meat up for them. Since "The Grannies" lived to be 100 and 101, this diet of mainly sweets certainly didn't hurt them. I suggest you let your mother enjoy whatever food she seems willing and able to eat and be happy in however many years she has left.

Nov 22, 2015 - 08:08 AM

This is an issue I have with my sister only wanting to eat certain things over and over. Most of them are not healty, but someone told her they were help Alzheimers....crystalized ginger, dark chocolate are two that she consumes a lot of on a regular basis. She will listen to her neurologist, so I am going to bring it up at the next visit. I always make extras to take to her and use things like pasta made from vegetables and I try to sneak fruit and veggies into smoothies. Hope this helps!

Nov 22, 2015 - 04:34 PM

First, Your Mom is a woman and we girls love our Carbs! They are pure comfort food and perhaps your mother, like mine, is depressed with the changes in her life. My Mom only wanted peach yogurt for breakfast and turkey on white bread. Not bad really but that was all she wanted - or that's what she said. Then I saw her sneaking cookies. Ha! And chocolate! Again - both comfort foods. That was when she was living alone until four months ago. She is now in Memory Care and in the last three weeks finally her appetite is shifting a little. I saw her eat a tuna sandwich. She still adores french fires. Ok enough about food. My Mom is 95. All I ask is that she eats enough to give her some energy and keep her from being too cranky. Otherwise, whatever comes comes. She is entitled to make mistakes or enjoy her food. It's her life. Let it go.

Jan 04, 2016 - 11:59 PM

Hey ,
This is just a common issue these days we find .I used to give health supplements to my mom after concerning her doc because she usually avoids to eat most of the things that are beneficial for her .Along with this ,I usually give dry fruits and juices to my mom .


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