Shopping, cooking and eating
People with Parkinson's may
experience dietary problems. As Parkinson's
progresses, you may also need to rethink how you buy, store,
prepare and cook food.
An occupational therapist can advise you on all aspects of food shopping and preparation, including kitchen and shopping aids.
An occupational therapist can advise
you on all aspects of food shopping and preparation, including
kitchen and shopping aids.
Plan meals in advance and make a shopping list of all the
ingredients you need.
Think about preparation times and how long you can comfortably
stand at a cooker.
Consider buying ready prepared foods, frozen vegetables (they
are just as nutritious as fresh) and tinned fish, meat or beans.
Ready meals can save you time, energy, gas, electricity and food
You may be entitled to meals on wheels or home delivery of
Your local Parkinson's UK information
and support worker can help ensure you get the services you
The Gov.uk website contains
information on getting meals delivered to your home, if you're
Your local Parkinson's UK
branch or support group may be able to help you with
information about shopping services and volunteers in your
Special utensils, dishes and cutlery
A variety of adapted utensils for eating and drinking are
available and may be worth considering:
- Specialised cutlery is available in various shapes and
- 2-handled 'tumble not' mugs with wide, non-slip bases and tall
necks can help improve grip.
- 'Stay-warm plates' prevent food going cold if it takes you a
long time to eat.
- High-lipped plates or plate guards prevent spillage and make it
easier to draw food onto the fork or spoon.
Seek the advice of an occupational
therapist before going to the expense of buying specialised
items to make sure you're buying the best equipment for you.
Referral to either an occupational therapist is via your
GP, consultant or specialist Parkinson's
nurse. Or you can self-refer through your local social services
Read more in our Equipment and
disability aids information sheet.
Mixing different food groups
Planning your meals to enjoy a wide variety of foods
each day is still the best way to ensure you get all the necessary
vitamins and nutrients.
Choose foods from the different groups each day to make sure you
are eating as healthily as possible.
Bread, potatoes, rice, chapatis, yams, pasta, noodles, oats,
cornmeal, crackers, toast and breakfast cereals
Fruit and vegetables
Ideally 5 servings each day. Visit the NHS website www.5aday.nhs.uk for tips and
3 to 5 servings of milk and dairy foods each day are
Meat, fish and alternatives
Aim for 2 to 3 servings each day of meat, white or oily fish,
eggs, beans, pulses or nuts.
Aim for 6 to 8 mugs/glasses each day of water, fruit juice,
squash, tea, coffee, milk, etc - and eat fruits that are
Fatty and sugary foods
Can be eaten in moderation.
Our Diet and Parkinson's booklet
offers more information on diet and nurition.
Alcohol and Parkinson's
Unless you have been told by your doctor not to drink alcohol, a
small amount does no harm and may be beneficial if it encourages a
normal social life.
Also in this section
Grants for people with Parkinson's
Our Mali Jenkins Fund gives financial
assistance towards equipment, adaptations and respite breaks that
improve quality of life for people with Parkinson's.