Eating Well During treatment


Cancer treatment can place a lot of nutritional demand on your body. It is important to try to consistently consume a healthy diet and to drink nourishing beverages. The main nutritional goals during this time are to maintain a healthy weight and eat healthy foods that supply your body with calories and nutrients for energy, repair, recovery, and healing. A healthful eating pattern include splenty of vegetables and fruit, moderate amounts of whole grains, and plant protein sources like nuts, beans, lentils, tofu, and tempeh, along with modest portions of fish, poultry, lean meats, and nonfat or low-fat dairy foods.


How Treatment Can Affect Your Eating Surgery:


If your weight is below normal, you may need to gain weight before your surgery. In this resource, you will find suggestions for how to eat more calories and protein. This can help you put on weight before surgery and help you heal afterward.


If you’re having mouth, throat, or stomach surgery, it can be hard for you to eat after your surgery. You may need to get nutrition in other ways, such as intravenously (through a vein), through a tube in your nose, or through a tube in your stomach or the upper part of your intestine.


Tips for adding more protein to your diet:

  • Eat foods rich in protein, such as chicken, fish, pork, beef, lamb, eggs, milk, cheese, beans, and tofu.
  • Drink Double Milk (see the “Recipes” section) and use it in recipes that call for milk or water. You can use it in instant pudding, cocoa, omelets, and pancake mixes.
  • Use Double Milk or Ensure®-type supplements in hot or cold cereals.
  • Add cheese and diced, cooked meats to your omelets.
  • Add powdered milk to creamy soups, mashed potatoes, milkshakes, and casseroles.
  • Snack on cheese or nut butters (such as peanut butter, cashew butter, and almond butter) with crackers.
  • Spread nut butters on apples, bananas, or celery.
  • Try apple slices with cheese wedges and honey drizzled on top.
  • Blend a nut butter into your chocolate or vanilla shakes.
  • Snack on roasted nuts and sunflower, pumpkin, or chia seeds.
  • Try hummus with pita bread.
  • Add cooked meats to soups, casseroles, salads, and omelets.
  • Add wheat germ or ground flax seeds to cereals, casseroles, yogurt, and meat spreads.
  • Eat desserts that are made with eggs. These include angel food cake, puddings, custards, and cheesecakes.
  • Add grated cheese to sauces, vegetables, and soups. You can also add it to baked or mashed potatoes, casseroles, and salads.
  • Melt cheese on hamburgers and breaded cutlets.
  • Add chickpeas, kidney beans, tofu, hard-boiled eggs, nuts, and cooked meats or fish to your salads.