Anorexia can wreak havoc on the body, making the systems and organs weak and severely undernourished. It is important to create a meal plan for a recovering anorexic that will be both nutritious and healthy, and will help the body while not overwhelming the minds with the thought of eating heavy foods.
Fresh produce, such as fruits and vegetables, are both low in calories and high in vitamins and nutrients. Eating fresh produce can help an anorexic feel as though she can eat without worrying about getting fat. The fiber in fresh produce can help correct a dysfunctional digestive system that can result from anorexia. Try to vary the produce, so that the anorexic individual will be receiving a variety of nutrients. Try to avoid produce like potatoes that may make a recovering anorexic feel overly full, which can cause them to feel anxious about eating.
Eating lean proteins will help the body rebuild lost muscle tissue and can give a recovering anorexic person more energy. Choosing a lean protein, like chicken breasts or tenderloin, instead of a fatty one, like beef or bacon, will help the recovering anorexic feel less nervous about ingesting it. Try to make it known that the meat is lean and low fat, and prepare the meat in a way that will not affect its overall fat content, such as broiling or grilling it.
Grains may be a particular problem for anorexics who have been conditioned to think that carbohydrates will make them fat. This can be remedied by serving only whole grains, instead of processed flours and packaged foods. Chose grains that are minimally altered, including rice and stone ground oats. These grains will nourish the body and aid in the recovery of the digestive system.