I am not entirely sure if my waning appetite is due to the many medications I take, or Parkinson's disease itself. Maybe it's a combination of both. What I do know, is that I'm not alone in this predicament, and although I fully realise and understand the importance of eating a healthy well balanced diet, there are not too many foods that tempt me to eat. I almost have to force myself to eat, knowing how easy it would be to skip meals, a dangerous road to travel down, for once the stomach gets used to receiving less food, it's a dangerous slippery slope to losing weight rapidly (and not in a good way).
We all want to look our best, feel good and fit comfortably into our clothes, for there's nothing less appealing than someone who spills out of their garments. Getting rid of those extra pounds that irritatingly wont budge from certain areas, we might have gained whilst on holiday, or simply too many visits to the fridge for a little snack when you think no one is watching, is not the kind of weight loss I am talking about.
I am addressing the issue of having no appetite for foods that would once have appeared tempting, but no longer arouse or motivate one to eat. I often have difficulty in swallowing just my own saliva, so the thought of struggling with a mouth full of food does not enthuse me in any shape or form. Foods that are easy to swallow such as yoghurt, ice cream, a latte coffee, cheesecake, hot chocolate soufflé or a bowl of hearty chicken soup with noodles seem to fit the bill. However if I were to live on this delicious yet limited menu, I don't think it is the "well balanced healthy eating plan" my doctor was talking about.
If you are in the same situation as myself, I hope you'll endeavour to eat well. Just like you put gas in the car to keep it running, good healthy food is the fuel that keeps our bodies going. The sun has now arisen, and I will go and put some coffee on, so I will leave you here for today.