Given what is known about the benefits of nutrition and adequate calories and protein, good nutrition can be a strong ally during cancer treatment. Below is a list of tips you might consider.
- Eat nutrient-dense foods first to avoid getting full too quickly on other things.
- Keep indulgent foods on hand for when absolutely nothing else will do.
- Add powdered milk to liquid milk. Sprinkle grated cheese in soups and on vegetables.
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- Ask for help with food shopping and meal preparation.
- Use disposable plates and plastic utensils to avoid after-meal chores, such as washing dishes.
- Try finger foods. Cheese, bananas with peanut butter and avocado sandwiches are quick and satisfying.
- Take anti-nausea medication as directed.
- Cold foods are often better tolerated.
- Make sure food-preparation areas are properly ventilated. Odors may worsen nausea.
- Choose soft textures, and moisten solid foods with sauces or gravies.
- Stay away from acidic, spicy and salty items, as well as tobacco and alcohol, as they irritate the mouth.
- Take pain medication before meals or as prescribed.