The effort required to buy food and prepare nutritious meals can mean that people with M.E. find it difficult to maintain a healthy diet.
It can be made harder by loss of appetite or food intolerance.
But eating balanced and healthy meals is important during your illness, to provide you with the energy and nourishment you need for better health.
Although it’s better to obtain all your vitamins and minerals through your diet, intolerance towards some foods may mean that supplements are advisable.
Maintaining a good intake of fluids is important too, as well as reducing your consumption of stimulants such as caffeine and depressants like alcohol.
Some people choose organic foods to maximise available goodness and reduce the possible effects of pesticides.
If you are experiencing significant problems with your diet and struggling to maintain an adequate food intake, discuss the possibility of a referral to a dietician with your GP or hospital specialist.
Read past articles about diet and nutrition in our InterAction archive.