Eating Tips for Cancer Patients

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Cancer and chemotherapy can greatly impact a patient's ability to enjoy food. Nutrition becomes more important than ever since malnutrition is a real threat to cancer patients. Here we offer a few tips to make eating remain enjoyable and help cancer patients meet their nutritional needs. Learn more at www.chemobites.com.

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  • Eat smaller portions more frequently.- Drink fluids between meals instead of with food.- Eat by the clock at regularly scheduled times. Your appetite signal might not be intact.
  • Low fiber / high fiber
  • May help if you have neuseas or once vvomitinh is under control
  • Clear liquids – may help with appetitie loss, constipation, diarrah , vomitingFull food liquids – appetitie loss, vomiting, weight loss
  • Foods that are easy to chew and swallow
  • Appetite loss, sore throat, trouble swalling, weight loss
  • Eating Tips for Cancer Patients

    1. 1. Chemo Warrior, Cancer Combatant: Healing Through Whole Foods EATING TIPS For patients on chemotherapy  Ideas for how to make food more appealing Ideas for how to stimulate your appetite
    2. 2. Chemo Warrior, Cancer Combatant: Healing Through Whole Foods Light Breakfast Snack Time Light Lunch Snack Time Light Dinner Snack Time Eat smaller portions more frequently
    3. 3. Chemo Warrior, Cancer Combatant: Healing Through Whole Foods Drink fluids between meals instead of with meals Green Smoothies Water Decaf Tea Coconut Water Water More Water Light Breakfast Light Lunch Light Dinner
    4. 4. Chemo Warrior, Cancer Combatant: Healing Through Whole Foods Choose foods you like but follow any dietary restrictions laid out by your doctor. Enjoy light exercise 30 minutes before you eat to stimulate your appetite. Get creative! Try to enhance the smell, appearance & texture of food.
    5. 5. Chemo Warrior, Cancer Combatant: Healing Through Whole Foods Light Breakfast Snack Time Light Lunch Snack Time Light Dinner Snack Time Eat by the clock – Your body might not tell you it’s hungry 7AM 10AM 12P M 3PM 6PM 8PM
    6. 6. Chemo Warrior, Cancer Combatant: Healing Through Whole Foods Plan meals in advance. Freeze small portion sizes for quick, convenient bites. You taste buds change. Try new foods for new flavors. Make meals a special occasion. Set the table & surround yourselves with friends & family.
    7. 7. Chemo Warrior, Cancer Combatant: Healing Through Whole Foods Season foods with tart flavors, like lemon wedges, lemonade, citrus fruits, vinegar and pickled foods Tart candies, peppermint or lemon drops may reduce the sensations of bitter or sour rates. Choose sugarless brands. Add strongly flavored juices or relishes to dishes If you experience the "metallic" taste in meat, try marinating meat in a reduced sodium soy sauce or fat free Italian dressing to intensify the flavor. If red meat doesn't work, try eating chicken, seafood, or beans for protein. Try eating foods that don't have strong odors Add extra seasonings to give food more flavor. Try onion, garlic, chili powder, basil, oregano, rosemary, tarragon, and mint. Add a little at a time to see if you can perk up your taste buds. If you experience changes in taste… Try new foods
    8. 8.  Nut butters  Beans and legumes  Milk, cheese and yogurt  Eggs  Nuts and seeds  Tofu  Ice cream and frozen yogurt Chemo Warrior, Cancer Combatant: Healing Through Whole Foods Enjoy high protein foods as snacks & in meals. Not getting enough protein? Protein fuels your body & keep you full.
    9. 9.  Baked chicken  Noodles  Potatoes  White rice  Yogurt  Graham crackers  Bran muffins  Lentils & black beans  Apples  Berries  Brussels sprouts  Leafy green vegetables  Yams  Nuts and seeds Chemo Warrior, Cancer Combatant: Healing Through Whole Foods Not getting enough fiber? Getting too much fiber? Diarrhea can be curbed if you cut back on fiber Constipation is an unpleasant side effect of chemo. Be sure get lots of fiber.
    10. 10.  Cranberry juice  Clear carbonated drinks  Eggs  Potatoes  Well cooked vegetables  White rice  Bananas  Pasta Chemo Warrior, Cancer Combatant: Healing Through Whole Foods This list may help if you have nausea or once your vomiting is under control. Feeling nauseous? These foods are easy on the stomach.
    11. 11. Chemo Warrior, Cancer Combatant: Healing Through Whole Foods Weight loss can be caused by cancer itself, or by side effects of cancer treatment. Add calories to add pounds. Try these tricks to add calories. Keep healthy snacks on hand Snack on fatty nuts and granola Add extra cheese to dishes. Snack on high calorie dried fruits Indulge - Drink chocolate milk Have dessert Eat eggs Snack Use whole milk instead of low fat Select whole fat dairy products
    12. 12.  Cream of wheat  Pureed soup  Milkshakes  Vegetable juice  Frozen yogurt  Instant breakfast drinks  Bouillon  Clear broth  Apple and grape juice  Carbonated water  Decaf tea  Water  Coconut water Chemo Warrior, Cancer Combatant: Healing Through Whole Foods Clear Liquids Full-Liquid Foods This list may help if you have appetite loss, vomiting, or weight loss. This list may help if you have appetite loss, constipation, diarrhea, or vomiting.
    13. 13.  Casseroles  Cooked cereals, like oatmeal  Cottage cheese  Macaroni and cheese  Soups  Yogurt  Smoothies  Milkshakes  Applesauce Chemo Warrior, Cancer Combatant: Healing Through Whole Foods This list may help if you have dry mouth, sore mouth, sore throat, or trouble swallowing. Sore throat? Dry mouth? Hard to swallow? These foods are easy to swallow.
    14. 14. Chemo Warrior, Cancer Combatant: Healing Through Whole Foods Enjoy meals with family & friends Try new foods Have a wide variety of foods on hand Eat foods you like Listen to your body Snack A few take-aways
    15. 15. Chemo Warrior, Cancer Combatant: Healing Through Whole Foods Resources “Eating Well Through Cancer” by Holly Clegg & G. Miletello, MD National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health www.cancer.gov

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