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Nutrition and Anorexia Nervosa

Food Values and Nutrients

Easily digestible foods should be consumed to start the re-feeding process. Good examples include mashed potato, oatmeal, and macaroni & cheese. Eventually solid foods can be introduced.

High Fibre Foods should be regularly consumed to help regulate bowel movements and prevent constipation. Good examples are cereals, oats, whole-grains, lentils, fruit and vegetables.

Gas producing foods including: fizzy drinks, sweetened drinks, sweets and cabbage; can leave you feeling bloated and therefore should be limited.

Low sodium (salts) foods control fluid retention and constipation. Consume fresh foods and fresh poultry, fish & lean meat, rather than canned, smoked or processed meats.

Energy is needed for the body to function properly and for muscular function. Good sources of energy include: bananas, oats, jacket potato, fruit and vegetables.

Protein is essential for body growth and repair, and also supplies iron, B vitamins, zinc and magnesium which all help strengthen the immune system. High protein sources include meat, fish, poultry, milk, beans, pulses and eggs.

Re-Feeding Process

At the beginning of the re-feeding process you may experience some bloating which can be uncomfortable, but it is natural.

  • NEVER force a sufferer to eat

  • Small frequent meals/snacks

  • Limit gas producing & high-fat foods

  • Begin re-feeding with foods that are easy to digest

  • Once the body readjusts to food, solids can be intro-duced, but make sure they are introduced slowly.

  • Base meals around individual preferences

  • Establish a structured eating plan - it may be useful to know what you are eating in advance.

  • Distract yourself after eating