Proper nutrition is the foundation of good health, and it becomes even more important if you have received a diagnosis of cancer. Unfortunately, side effects of the disease and its treatment interfere with your eating plan at a time when you need it the most.
How can you overcome the challenges of eating well during cancer care? Here are some tips to guide you through each phase.
- Talk to your doctor or a nutritionist about recommended foods and dietary supplements.
- Start following a healthy diet immediately to boost your strength and reduce chances of infection.
- Stock your kitchen with easy-to-prepare foods, including items like soup and broth that you can eat even when you’re not feeling well.
- Consume as much as you can during times when you have the greatest appetite. This will help sustain you during the periods when you don’t feel like eating.
- Include protein-rich foods to maintain strength and rebuild tissues.
- Enlist help if you don’t feel up to cooking.
- Introduce a variety of foods back into your diet as much as possible for well-rounded nutrition.
- Cook large batches of meals and freeze the extras for future use.
- Reduce or eliminate your consumption of processed foods. Use low-fat preparation methods such as broiling, steaming and roasting.
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