Helpful tips for people on soft diets

A soft food diet can be difficult to follow but it is used to promote recovery. Therefore, it is important to follow your healthcare provider’s instructions and comply till you are ready to transition back to a regular diet. The following tips may help you find it easier to follow such a diet.

1. Choose healthy options. While soft, sugar-laden foods such as cakes and pastries may seem appealing, making sure you are using healthy foods such as vegetables, fruits, and proteins. Choose a variety of nutrient-rich foods.

2. Season your food. Consuming herbs and other mild seasonings can help make food more palatable.

3. Focus on protein. Adding protein to every meal is particularly important for those who are recovering from surgery or are malnourished.

4. Eat small, consistent meals. Instead of consuming large meals, it is recommended by healthcare provider to consume multiple small meals throughout the day if you are following a soft diet.

5. Plan meals ahead of time. Finding meals that can work well with a mechanical soft diet seems to be difficult. So plan meals ahead of time to reduce stress and make mealtime easier.

6. Eat slowly and chew thoroughly. Eating and chewing food thoroughly is important for people following soft diets, including those who are having  neurological conditions and recovering from abdominal surgery. Sit upright and take small sips of liquid between bites.

7. Keep appliances handy. You can use strainers, blenders, and food processors to create delicious, soft-diet-approved recipes more quickly and easily.

Typically, soft diets are used as transitional diets for short periods till a person is ready to come back to a regular-consistency diet.

Ask your healthcare provider to give you instructions on how long you should follow a soft diet and ask a registered dietitian to provide any other pertinent information.

If you have any concerns about following a soft diet or how to transition back to a regular diet, ask your medical provider for advice.