Jan 25, 2015 - 04:37 PM
Hello, I am sorry your grandma has lost so much weight. We had this problem with my dad.
Here are things we tried. It would have worked better if he could have eaten more, but he was nauseous from meds so much that he just couldn't eat enough.
Healthy oils are good, and are found in foods:
-nuts - Favorites were/are: walnuts, almonds
-olive oil (try light-in-taste olive oil), or other healthy oils on salad, or used in cooking
-flax seeds or flax seed meal - you can bake seeds into cookies, you can sprinkle meal on cereal or include in --smoothies, spaghetti sauce, baking
-sunflower seeds, sesame seeds
-just make sure the fats and oils you use are not saturated or trans fats.
-an occasional treat of chocolate, but be careful if the person is diabetic
She should eat frequently to gain weight - about 5-6 times a day, but don't nag or force.
Add low or non-fat dairy foods.
Smoothies with fruits and vegetables - you'd be surprised how good (and disguised) smoothies are with some vegetables. I make delicious smoothies including the following, with variations depending on my mood or what's in the house: 1/2-1 cup water or juice, beets, celery, parsley, spinach, frozen pineapple bits, frozen berries, frozen mango, canned peaches, fresh banana, pear, orange, lemon, lime, flax meal, yogurt, red lettuce, kale, etc. The beets make it look raspberry-red instead of green from the green vegetables. Don't serve smoothies too close to before meals because that might reduce her appetite for substantial foods.
I hope this helps, and gets you looking online or speaking with nutritionists or doctors about how to help your Grandma feel better.
Also, if she is able to do any exercise, that can build lean muscle which will increase her appetite. Even just walking around the house or lifting weights (like soup cans) even while sitting, can help a little, and will also lift her spirits.
Good luck to you.