Fluids: questions should explore dietary intake, perceived nutritional issues, understand cultural influences on diet. Weight loss: normal weight is , when did the loss start, why do you think you are experiencing weight loss, are you dieting, do you have. Weight gain: normal weight is , when did the gain start how many pounds in last 6 months. Intentional or not: change in eating habits, smoking cessation, fluid retention, steroids, heart disease. Assessment of dietary intake: compare patient"s intake with the usda"s myplate , dairy, fruits and vegetables, grains and protein, simple to use it is web based and interactive, determines portion of food on a typical plate. Routine techniques to assess nutritional status: measure height, weight measure bmi, general appearance of person are they alert, well groomed, assess skin smooth, elastic, hydration or any lesions/bruises. Inspect oral cavity: strength of muscles, coordinated movements, money for food, transportation to go buy food.