prepare a little hot tea or broth and it should be brought to them. . . without their being asked if they would care for it. Those who are in great distress want no food, but if it is handed to them, they will mechanically take it '. . . There was something arresting about the matter-of-fact wisdom here, the instinctive understanding of the physiological disruptions. . . I will not forget the instinctive wisdom of the friend who, every day for those first few weeks, brought me a quart container of scallion-and-ginger congee from Chinatown. Congee I could eat. Congee was all I could eat.
Nowadays I find chocolate and
or chocolate-based snacks to be great motivators. Everyone loves chocolate. If someone has a lot of work to do, put a piece of fudge in a glass container (so they can see it) and let them know that if they accomplish their tasks, they can eat the fudge. You'll definitely get a reaction!