Try eating smaller amounts of food more often. For example, try having 4 or 5 small meals throughout the day instead of 1 or 2 large meals.
Eat with family and friends, or take part in group meal programs offered in your community. Eating with others provides social interaction and may help your appetite.
Ask your doctor if your medicines could be causing appetite or taste problems. If so, ask about changing medicines. Or ask your doctor about medicines that may improve your appetite.
Increase the flavor of food by adding spices and herbs.
If you think you are depressed and it is affecting your appetite, ask your doctor for help. Depression can make you less hungry and can make it hard to do everyday activities like grocery shopping and preparing meals.
You are worried about the cost of food.
Find out if there are programs in your community that offer free or low-cost meals.
Find out if you can get food stamps. Call the food stamp office listed in the state government section of the phone book.
Look into the U.S. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program.
Buy low-cost nutritious foods, like dried beans, rice, and pasta. Or buy foods that contain these items, like split pea soup or canned beans.
Use coupons for discounts on foods.
Buy foods on sale and store-brand foods, which often cost less.
Buy shelf-stable foods in bulk or in large quantities.
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