Friday, 18 November 2011

Guest Post: Healthy Eating Without Heartache During Cancer Treatment

I had an email the other day from a fellow blogger asking if they could do a guest blog post on eating healthy whilst having cancer treatment. I didn't think twice about saying yes, I think you will all agree cancer is a disease that affects us all in some way. Jackie Clark writes over at Jackies Arc
Go and check out her blog there is some interesting stuff to learn over there! But first sit back and enjoy her guest post............

Healthy Eating Without Heartache During Cancer Treatment

By: Jackie Clark

Whether you are trying to lose weight or undergoing mesothelioma treatment, healthy eating is more important than ever, but giving up your favorite fast foods and desserts may seem like a heart-breaking sacrifice.

At a time when you desperately need comfort foods, your doctor may be telling you to abandon refined sugar and fried foods in favor of fresh fruits and whole grains. On top of that, cancer therapy can turn eating into a painful chore by making you nauseated, dulling your appetite and leaving you with a sore throat. If you’re tired and depressed, that high-protein meal replacement drink that your doctor recommended may not look nearly as good as a bowl of ice cream.

With careful meal planning, you can boost your chances of a successful recovery and shedding those pounds without giving up the foods you love completely. When you’re struggling to avoid temptation, remind yourself of the benefits of healthy eating. It is even more important for cancer patients to eat healthy because according to the
National Cancer Institute, eating nutritious foods can keep you strong during cancer treatment and help you ward off dangerous infections. Eating balanced, nutrient-rich meals lets you keep up with the activities you love and may improve your mesothelioma prognosis.

High-Quality Proteins

Maintaining lean tissue mass is a top priority for mesothelioma patients. Eating high-protein foods helps your body heal from the effects of treatment and prevents tissue loss, so you can keep up your muscle tone and stay strong. Although it’s hard to give up juicy fast-food burgers, eating lean proteins like chicken, fish, tofu and dried beans will keep your cholesterol levels under control and help you avoid unwanted weight gain.

If you’re having trouble chewing or swallowing solid foods, try refreshing shakes made with frozen fruit, yogurt and a scoop of powdered milk or protein powder. If you can eat solid foods, focus on lean meats or soy products that will help you build new tissue and bolster your immune system. If you’re trying to prevent weight loss, choose high-calorie foods that are rich in nutrients, like peanut butter, nuts, avocados, eggs and whole dairy products.

Healthy Snacks and Desserts

When you’re trying to banish unhealthy foods from your diet, temptation is suddenly everywhere. Donuts, fried chicken and pizza beckon you on every street. The shelves at your local grocery store overflow with potato chips and cookies. When you’re feeling worn out from cancer treatment, you just want to reward yourself with a treat.

For every snack food or dessert you crave, look for a reduced-calorie version or a healthy substitute. Low-calorie chips or crackers can settle your stomach if you’re feeling sick or simply need a crunchy snack. Frozen yogurt or a fruit sorbet can soothe a sore throat and satisfy your longing for something cool and creamy. Choosing foods that are high in nutrients and low in empty calories may speed your progress to a healthy recovery.

Try this delicious healthy snack that also happens to be perfect for the Holidays:

Pumpkin Dip

Makes: About 1 and 1/2 cups

Ingredients: 4 oz cream cheese, softened

6 oz greek yogurt

1/4 cup pumpkin puree

1 Tbsp brown sugar, 1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp vanilla, 1/4 tsp salt


1. In a medium bowl, beat the softened cream cheese and yogurt together until smooth.

2. Add in the pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt, and mix until everything is combined and the dip is creamy and smooth.

3. Serve with graham crackers, sliced apples, or gingersnaps.


I hope you enjoyed Jackies post as much as me : )

Have a fab Saturday evening x x x

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