Food Service & Nutrition - Volume 1 No.2 - 14
CONTINUING EDUCATION ARTICLE
Clinical Nutrition Competency:
Comfort Food and
Food First Concept
By Andrea LeBel
omfort nutrition is a term that
describes the transition from a therapeutic to liberalized diet as one move
towards end-of-life care. The goals of comfort nutrition are to optimize quality of life,
maintain energy, and prevent weight loss,
while supporting individualized care and
self-directed living. Let's look at comfort
food, comfort nutrition and comfort care
to see how they affect one's quality of life
as well as explore the nutritional strategies
to aid with managing this life stage.
A look at how food and nutrition can
affect quality of life as one moves towards
Since nutrition and hydration have long
been considered to be therapies that are
associated with quality of life, comfort
CA N A D I A N S O C I E T Y O F N U T R I T I O N M A N AG E M E N T
and relief of suffering, it is important
to understand the concepts of comfort
nutrition, comfort care and comfort food
in order to best support individuals as
they move towards end-of-life.
The term Comfort Nutrition describes
the transition from a therapeutic diet (i.e.
Heart Healthy, Low Sodium etc.) to a more
liberalized meal plan as one approaches
end-of-life care. As clients move toward
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