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How To Cope When The Smell Of Food Is Bothersome


The following tips help reduce food smells when food odors make you feel ill or nauseated: 

How To Reduce Smells While Drinking

  • Use cups with lids (such as travel mugs)
  • Drink through a straw

How To Reduce Smells While Cooking

  • Avoid cooking foods with strong odors such as onions, heavy meats, fish, cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage)
  • Lift lids away from you
  • Use a kitchen fan to direct odors away from you
  • Cook outdoors
  • Use boiling bags or a slow cooker
  • Get creative. If a smell from a cooking appliance such as a toaster makes you queasy, place them in another part of the house or in the garage.
  • Ask a neighbor or friend to cook for you.
  • Order take out food if you can

How To Reduce Smells While Eating

  • Do not eat in a room that has cooking odors or other smells
  • Eat cold foods instead of hot foods. Hot foods release smells
  • Keep foods covered

NOTE: If you have difficulty eating because of a change of taste, click here for tips to help cope.

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