Feeding a Loved One Who is Sick

Heart in Pablum


My goal with this blog is to provide insights into why eating, a familiar life-sustaining activity that we undertake several times a day, can be so emotional and, at times, emotionally challenging, not only for the person who is living with illness, also their caregivers and all the others who care about and for them.

What and how one eats when living with illness or what preparing food for someone who is sick is often one of the only ways one can feel they have some control in situations where many things are out of one’s control. That, in itself, is sufficient to produce anxiety.

My intention is to make these experiences less stressful. By deconstructing the complexities of eating and feeding at ‘normal’ times, and then how these change with changed health status, readers will be able to assess their own situations, have a clearer idea about what is happening and why they feel the way they do about food and eating, and make a plan of action to minimize uncertainty.

Feeding a Loved One Who Is Sick

Blog Posts


Welcome to Feeding a Loved One Who is Sick (FLOWS) What is this blog? In this blog, I share what...

The Feeding Relationship

There is commonplace and complex relationship, although largely unrecognized, between every person who offers food and those who accept and...

It Seems Hard Because It Is

 “It seems hard because it is”: How feeding roles change with someone who is sick When I was a doctoral...

Dietary Cacophony: The ‘noise’ we hear

Dietary cacophony (Fischler, 1993) is the confusing and often contradictory and overwhelming ‘noise’ one reads or hears from multiple sources...


1. What is dietetics? Dietetics is the practical application of the science of nutrition. Dietetics is a registered health profession...

Spoonfuls of Soup and Sips of Gingerale

Background: As a writing workshop in 2015, one of the exercises was to write as though we had only one...

Would You Give a Porkchop To a Dying Man?

(My early exposure to meanings imbedded in food and eating) Would you give a pork chop to a dying man?...

Feeding a Loved One Who Is Sick


Teaching and learning nutrition assessment: Student perspectives on integrating findings using the A-to-G conceptual framework

Transgender and gender diverse nutrition, food, and eating research: Our origin story

Development and Use of the Organizational Framework For Exploring Nutrition Narratives