Breast cancer treatments can come along with many side effects and symptoms. It’s hard to know how exactly your body will react to these treatments. Some patients are able to stick to their routine diet, while others cannot. I am no way an expert on breast cancer treatment or nutrition, but through my research I have found some helpful solution to eating habit changes during treatments that I would love to share with you. If you are one of those who appetite changes and are only able to eat small amounts, try to eat five to six small meal or snack each day to keep your nutrition levels up. If eating solid food is hard for you, try to drink smoothies, shakes, or eat soup. If you are one where your appetite just goes out the roof, try to choose low-fat foods and eat plenty of fresh fruit and veggies each day. If you experience nausea or vomiting due to treatment, make sure to get plenty of water and fluid back into your body to compensate for the loss of fluids. Also, eating little but often is an effective way to fight nausea. Sometimes chemotherapy can result in having a dry or sore mouth. This can make eating uncomfortable so you might want to try to sooth your mouth with ice cubes and sugar-free popsicles before and after meals.
Through my research I found this amazing website and resource page for breast cancer patients. This website is called Pink Ribbon Cooking, and has an abundance of helpful information and recipes that are great to use during breast cancer treatments. Here you can find helpful tips to follow when cooking while you endeavor your treatments, such as avoiding raw and undercooked foods to decrease food-borne pathogens that can be dangerous or life-threatening to neutropenic individuals. Pink Ribbon Cooking also offers a FREE eBook with a ton of healthy recipes. One of my favorite recipes on the site is the Baby Kale Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette and Sunflower seeds. This recipe uses all-natural ingredients and is super low calorie. With every recipe that is on the website there is an explanation of the health benefits that are attributed to that recipe and the ingredients in it. The recipe is also accompanied by its nutrition facts, which I love because it gives me an easy way to track my macros. If you have a few extra minutes in your day, I advise you to take a look at this awesome website and see if it might benefit you while you go through breast cancer treatments!