Frequently Asked Questions
Registered Dietitian and CF Nutrition Specialist Suzanne Michel, MPH, RD, LDN, answers some of the top questions about CF nutrition including tips to avoid weight loss, how to get enough nutrients, and more. Read Suzanne's bio
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It is so hard to chew and breathe when someone is sick, either with a bad cold, or with a flare-up of their CF lung disease. Eating foods that are soft and don’t require a great deal of chewing will help get in enough calories. Instead of eating bagels, steak, or hoagies, try softer foods such as macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, ground beef, and puddings. Think about drinking fluids that are higher in calories. Some examples are cream soups, milkshakes, instant breakfast powder added to whole milk, and canned formulas.