Eating well & eating when you don’t feel like it | Helpful resources, expert advice & tips
When you have been diagnosed with cancer, especially when you are having treatment such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy, eating – and eating well – can become a challenge. Eating well, however, is important for your general health and can help you at every stage of your treatment.
In this post, we look at how having treatment might affect your appetite and share resources, tips and expert advice on how to cope.❤️🥑🥦
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EXPERT TIPS TO NAVIGATE A LOSS OF APPETITE | by Cancer Nutrition Specialist Amber Thomas
Loss of appetite is the second most common side effect when undergoing treatment. It can be caused by a number of factors, including (but not limited to) the cancer itself, cancer treatment, certain medications, constipation, nausea, fatigue and depression and/or anxiety.
- Schedule your meals: Set aside time each day for meals as a part of caring for yourself. Plan meal times around treatment schedules, naps, and other parts of your day.
- Consider high calorie/high protein drinks for meals: When chewing becomes a chore and fatigue really sets in, try drinking your meals! Suggestions include fruit-based smoothies made with nut butters, or milkshakes with full-fat ice cream.
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