Managing fatigue

Certain types of fatigue such as neuromuscular fatigue, depression-related fatigue, and MS lassitude can affect people with MS. Fatigue can decrease your appetite, activity levels, and interest or ability in preparing food.

Here are some tips to help you get the nutrition your body needs when fatigue becomes challenging:

  • Eat smaller meals more frequently. Keep your fridge and cupboards stocked with healthy, energizing snacks such as peanut butter, pre-shredded cheese, dried fruit or raisins, individual cartons of low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese, or bagged salads and pre-cut vegetables.
  • Dial for dinner! Find restaurants that deliver healthy or special meals - keep a file with their menus and telephone numbers.
  • Make shopping lists before visiting the grocery store.
  • Stock up on the basics, such as canned beans, chopped tomatoes, sauces, canned tuna, and any other foods that you eat or cook with frequently.
  • Make extra food when you're cooking lunch or dinner; store or freeze leftovers for more meals.

How user-friendly is your kitchen? An occupational therapist can suggest ways to rearrange your kitchen to make meal preparation easier. There are utensils, storage systems, reaching aids, and adapted stovetops that help make cooking and eating easier. Your doctor can refer you to an occupational therapist who can help you rearrange your kitchen to best meet your needs.

Also, if you have trouble carrying groceries home, find delivery or shopping services in your area, or ask for help from friends and family.

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