Nutritional Guidelines for Fatigue
Certain health conditions and side
effects of medications may cause or compound fatigue. When this occurs, the
daily effort required to provide the body with the nutrients it needs can feel
like a chore.
In addition, the energy required by
work, shopping, and household tasks and the stress that such daily activities
can cause may further compound fatigue.
A person experiencing this type of
persistent fatigue is likely to encounter difficulties in maintaining
nutritional eating habits.
If you are experiencing fatigue, the
following dietary and behavioral guidelines may help you to get through the
tired times while maintaining healthful daily nutritional intake:
Eat at least some breakfast every
day, especially if you tend to experience low energy in the afternoon.
Foods that are easy to prepare, such as granola bars, pop
tarts, toast with peanut butter and jelly, and frozen waffles with syrup, are
For more recommendations, consult the High-Calorie/High-Protein
Drink fortified milkshakes or try
nutritionally complete products to help meet your body's daily dietary
requirements and to give you energy.
Nutritionally complete products are
available in a variety of flavors and forms (bars, beverages, puddings,
soups), and most provide the calories, protein, fat, vitamins, and minerals
that you normally obtain through a diet of natural foods.
You can find nutritionally complete
products (such as Ensure, Sustacal, and Boost) in your local grocery stores
Always keep ready-to-eat snacks on
hand, such as canned fruit, crackers and cheese, ice cream, and peanut butter.
When your energy is low, small snacks that require little time and effort to
prepare provide easy ways to get nutrients you need.
Take advantage of the times when
you feel energetic by preparing large quantities of food that you can freeze
in individual portions.
On days when you feel too tired to cook, defrost and heat the food for meals.
Try the frozen meals available in
grocery stores. Make sure each meal includes a meat or protein source, a
vegetable serving, and a fruit serving for complete nutrition.
Order take-out foods, use
restaurant delivery services.
Accept the kindness of friends and
family who offer to cook for you.
Use disposable plates, cups, and
eating utensils for easy cleanup.
Be sure to get enough sleep. If you
are having difficulty sleeping, ask your doctor for help.
The above opinionated
views and information serves to educated and informed consumer . The
information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or
for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. .It should not replaced
professional advise and consultation. A licensed physician should be
consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions