Food is critical to your treatment and recovery. And it’s a vast subject. This section provides you with tips on what and how to eat when you often may not feel like it. For more information regarding nutrition and diet, check out our RESOURCES.
- Your focus is fueling your body; however, your willingness and ability to eat may change dramatically during treatment.
- Staying hydrated is one of the most important things you can do for yourself. Drink lots and lots of water. Try infusing water with herbs and fruit to make it more appealing. Keep a pitcher in your fridge, and use a fun cup with straw to encourage you to drink more.
- Your sense of taste may change. This is a great time to try new things. Foods that you love might not be appealing, and foods that were not appealing before may taste good to you now.
- The changes in your salivary glands may make everything taste metallic. To manage this, try using plastic utensils
- Nutritional shakes may be a good option if it is just too difficult to eat and you’re concerned with your nutrient intake. While there are many different brands available, including Ensure, Boost, and NutraPrime, check with your doctors for recommendations
- Consult with your doctors regarding supplements and organic foods. They may have strong opinions on what to try and what to avoid. You might also get a recommendation for a dietician or nutritionist who can help you develop a diet specific to your cancer and treatment.