CancerEating for a Healthier You
Food is one of life’s simplest pleasures. However, when dealing with the side effects of cancer treatment, eating can become tiresome, unenjoyable, or challenging. Our dietitians are here to help, as good nutrition is important for cancer medications to work their best. Make sure to check out our Side Effect Management Tool Kit. This guide is filled with information related to common nutrition-related side effects of cancer treatment. This tool also includes tips for managing these side effects, recommended foods, and recipes to nourish the body. This easy-to-use, downloadable resource can help reduce the often unpleasant side effects of cancer treatment, improve nutrition, and may help you take pleasure in food once again.
Nutritional Tips for Your Well-Being:
Nutrition is important to help you feel better during treatment. However, food may not always sound enjoyable and certain side effects can make eating uncomfortable. It’s important to remember your body needs daily nourishment. Eating regularly can help improve energy levels high and make you feel stronger. See below for nutritional tips to help you feel better.
- Try to consume small, easy-to-eat foods throughout the day. Focus on foods that require minimal effort to prepare and eat.
- Add fruit or juice to meal times. The sweetness may awaken the taste buds and increase the desire for other foods.
- When you’re feeling hungry, eat. Try to fil up on protein-rich foods first, as you may need more protein when undergoing cancer treatment.
- Breakfast is typically the easiest meal for people to eat – try to avoid skipping this meal.
- If possible, engage in physical activity. Physical activity contributes to a wide variety of total-body benefits, including helping with bowel movements and increasing appetite. Always consult with your doctor before beginning an exercise program to determine what’s best for your body.
- Keep liquid nutritional supplements, such as Ensure® or Boost®, on hand for days when you don’t feel like eating.
- Constipation can lead to a poor appetite. Check with your doctor about following a daily bowel care program if constipation is a concern.