(HealthDay News) -- Eating can be a chore if you don't have the appetite.
Food may be a lot less appealing if you're sick or taking certain medications. But it's still important to eat a balanced diet.
The U.S. National Institute on Aging suggests how to restore your appetite:
Get more exercise, which should make you hungrier.
Add more flavor to your food -- not with salt, but with tasty additions such as lemon juice, herbs or vinegar.
Vary the color, shape and texture of your foods.
Don't overcook. Doing so robs food of its flavor and "crunch."
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