My husband never enjoyed eating. I’m not a natural in the kitchen, but I can follow recipes and make very decent meals. Recently, though, I face an emotional crisis when I try to plan and execute dinner because too often what I make is refused. Even stuffed peppers, which was a favorite, is now refused. Why? Claims he just doesn’t want it, or says it’s too heavy to eat after just waking up (which is always because he now sleeps all the time). He used to prefer spicy, Indian dishes (as opposed to my go-to Italian favorites). But now if I make or buy them, they sit untouched and I have to toss it out after a few days in the refrigerator. He doesn’t like sweet or thick smoothies, which I tried for a while. He never liked ice cream, either. (Crazy, I know!)
I don’t know what to make, and now neither of us are eating enough. Breakfast is ok, but dinner is a daily struggle.
Background: poor teeth, kidney disease, diabetes, extreme fatigue, vascular dementia. He used to have a reduced sugar and sodium diet, but not anymore because the doctors are just happy if he eats. Oh, and those nutritional drinks like Ensure are not a hit with him.