The side effects of chemotherapy included nausea loss of appetite and a bad taste in your mouth can make the idea of ??eating anything a difficult prospect. But there are few things as important for successful recovery from chemotherapy than eating a healthy diet. The body’s immune system is compromised by chemotherapy and your body needs nutrients calories and energy to overcome the effects of cancer and treatment both
Although your body needs a lot of protein while undergoing chemotherapy can eat meat cause nausea. Fortunately there are other ways to get protein. If you are able to eat meat avoid red meat for the most part it takes more energy to digest than poultry or fish and are more likely to cause nausea.
Other sources of protein include eggs nuts dairy products and beans. Try to eat protein at every meal especially breakfast which is usually the most tolerable meal during chemotherapy. Stock up on protein drinks for days when you are unable to eat and add unflavored protein powder to smoothies mashed potatoes sauces and condiments whenever possible to increase protein levels.
What could be more important to a cancer patient undergoing chemotherapy than a substance that heals damaged cells? The substance is an antioxidant. Think color” when you are looking for good sources of antioxidants: The more colorful the fruit or vegetable the more likely it is to contain antioxidants.
Vegetables with high levels of antioxidants are most orange or yellow vegetables: pumpkin squash sweet potatoes and carrots. Papaya cantaloupe strawberries and cranberries are high antioxidant fruit. And do not forget that green vegetables such as broccoli spinach kale and green peppers also contain high amounts of antioxidants.
If your white blood count is low you may need to cut down on the amount of fruits and vegetables you consume. Cconsult with your doctor to ensure that you eat what your body needs during this difficult time.
If you have always set your carb consumption in the past you may have a hard time forcing yourself to eat them now. But this is not a time to worry about calories or fat or carbohydrates. Some sources of high carbohydrates including potatoes bread and dairy products can be more easily tolerated during chemotherapy. Less likely to cause nausea easy to digest and often soft carbohydrates can be a chemotherapy patient’s nutritional lifeline on days when the effect of chemotherapy is particularly hard.
It is especially important to drink water during chemotherapy. The liquids will help to flush chemicals through the body and relieve nausea. If the taste of water bothers you at this time try adding slices of cucumber or lemon to it and refrigerator for several hours before drinking.
During chemotherapy it is best to eat small frequent meals throughout the day rather than trying to eat three big meals. Breakfast is the most important meal and must contain at least one third of your protein and calories for the day. Eat as healthy as possible but eat what sounds goods at any time: Cravings are often the body’s way to ask for a particular nutrient. Do not eat on the run. Sit down and eat your food slowly. Eat until you are no longer hungry but avoid eating until you are full. This will help prevent nausea.”