Nutrition

You’re probably learning a lot of new information about CF. Below, you can get information on why calories count, what to do if eating is not enough, questions to ask your CF Care Team, and recipes for all ages.


Why calories count

Chances are you’ve heard about how important it is to eat a lot of healthy and high-calorie food. That’s because the mucus that builds up with CF can block the enzymes needed to break down and absorb nutrients. This can lead to poor digestion, slow growth, difficulty gaining weight, greasy bowel movements, and makes it harder to fight infection.

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If eating is not enough

Sometimes, it can be hard to eat enough calories. You should talk to your doctor about enzymes that may help the body digest food and get the nutrition and fat needed to grow and gain weight. If digestive enzymes are not enough, talk to your doctor about other options, such as supplements.

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Questions to ask your CF Care Team

The doctor or the dietitian on your CF Care Team will be able to make recommendations about tube feedings, enzymes, and calorie needs. To help start the conversation, use the list of questions below.

Things to ask your CF Care Team Dietitian and doctor:

  • Is this a healthy rate of weight gain?

  • How many calories should be eaten each day?

  • How can I add healthy calories to meals?

  • Should pancreatic enzyme supplements be added to food?

  • Should vitamins be taken?

  • Should salt be added to food?

  • How do I know if tube feedings are necessary?

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Recipes for all ages

Because eating a diet high in calories and fat is important for most people with CF, finding recipes that work for different stages in life is a big help. That’s why CF Living offers food options for kids and tweens, teens, young adults, and adults.

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