My 86-year-old father has been losing weight the past several years. His doctor put him through a battery of testing a few years ago and thankfully found nothing “wrong.” However, my dad continued to lose weight. I weigh him the minute he walks in the door to my house and keep track. I told him that I thought maybe he wasn’t eating enough. He, of course, said he was. I said, let’s just go over what you ate yesterday and figure out the calories and see if you are eating enough to maintain your weight.
Well he told me what he ate and I listed the calories and of course he wasn’t eating enough to maintain his weight, much less gain back what he lost. His response to me was, “What do you know, you’re not a doctor.” Very true – never said I was.
I offered to mix up a healthy smoothie powder with whey protein and some other things that he could just put in the blender or shake up with organic milk or some other liquid. He refused. He was convinced there was something else wrong and went back to the doctor who told him exactly what I did except he also told him to drink 2 Ensures daily, which of course he is willing to do since the doctor told him to. I even bought him a healthy meal replacement drink I found on Dr. Whitaker’s site. He didn’t like it – said it wasn’t sweet enough. Not surprising since Ensure is mostly sugar. Oh well, at least he’s getting more calories. I came across this article which sparked this post.
Who do you trust to give you good nutritional information?
P.S. That really is a picture of my dad at my daughter Liz’s high school graduation – he’s pretty cute, isn’t he?