Eating and drinking
If MND affects the way you swallow, you may need to adapt the way you eat and drink. We don't just eat and drink to seek nutrition, but also to socialise, so changes can have an emotional impact.
Your GP can refer you to various health professionals who can provide support:
- Although there is no 'special diet' for MND, a dietitian can advise on the types of food that will help you to maintain your weight and nutritional needs
- A speech and language therapist (SaLT) can help with swallowing techniques
- An occupational therapist can suggest and help source aids to assist you when eating and drinking.
We would always recommend you consult a relevant health professional before trying any pieces of equipment, medications, treatments or supplements.
MND Association recipe collection: easy to swallow meals
This collection of recipes may help to suggest ideas for meals and is available as a printed colour booklet. You can request a free copy from our advice, information and support team MND Connect.
Information for download
The following publications may be useful:
- »Information sheet 11 - PEG feeding: making the decision (221kb)
Guidance on tube feeding, the types available, how these are provided and the optimum time to make the decision.
- »Living with motor neurone disease (1188kb)
Our main guide for people with MND, providing an overview of the disease and how to manage its impact. This can be downloaded or ordered as a printed pack with additional items from our helpline, MND Connect. The guide has been developed to help people with MND achieve the best possible quality of life from diagnosis onwards. It includes top tips, directions to further information and details about accessing support services. (Code: LW002)