Rapid weight-loss is fairly common whilst waiting for Achalasia treatment. If weight loss is a concern please have your Body Mass Index (BMI) assessed and report this to your Medical practitioner and/or GP asap. ACAC has been advised by professional NHS Dieticians that patients should focus on calorie intake should rapid weight loss become a risk. Advice goes on to say that when a healthy weight is regained, focus can then shift to important nutritional values. In fact, NHS advice has gone as far to suggest that patients at risk of critical weight loss should welcome calorie ‘treats’ such as chocolates or high fat cheeses should these be easier to consume; obvious consideration must be given to those that may suffer from reflux, allergies or intolerances. The Table below is purposely calorie focused - to assist patients that may be facing critical weight loss challenges. It goes without saying to talk to your GP about dietary support, and to take caution that any foods consumed will not worsen your symptoms.
Achalasia Diet (Emergency Calorie Intake)
It is recommended that Calorie content of every meal is considered. The daily Calorie intake for men and women is typically quoted as 2500, and 2000 respectively. However, age and activity level are also key. A full list of Govt recommendations can be found here https://health.gov/our-work/food-nutrition/2015-2020-dietary-guidelines/guidelines/appendix-2/
Achalasia Restaurant Card
Eating out can be difficult or even traumatic for people with Achalasia. To try and ease that concern ACAC has produced an Attention Card to help inform your waiter/ chef of your needs.
Click on the image to download it. Maybe click on it from your phone browser. It can then be saved to an album of your choice for convenient retrieval in a restaurant or cafe. (for iphones, just hold down the image until the 'save image' option appears).