Nutrition and Well Being
This is another great resource from Living Beyond Breast Cancer. Although the title of the interview with Katrina Claghorn suggests that the information is directed at women with metastatic disease, it is clearly good information for all of us. There is so little helpful and sound advice about diet. All of the claims abot "eat this" or "don't eat that" have no hard data to support them, and we are left with the general advice (although it may be good) about a basic healthy diet. Here is an excerpt from this piece and then a link to read more:
Metastatic Breast Cancer: Eating Well for Feeling Good
Katrina Claghorn, MS, RD, CSO, LDN
The first [side effect we'll discuss is] fatigue. [It] is one I hear so much with people who are going through [multiple] treatments, [one after another]. The recommendations are to eat small, frequent meals and snacks. Try to eat about every three to four hours. Plenty of fluids: a lot of times you feel tired because you're under-hydrated. I'm going to be telling you, and helping you to calculate, how much fluid you need.
Focus on protein. When you're tired, what are the foods that you generally gravitate toward? Carbs, snacks, junk. We need some protein in there to keep your energy up. Stock your pantry with easy-to-prepare and easy-to-eat foods. It may be some frozen meals. It may be going to the deli and getting some roasted chicken. There are also a number of [web]sites online that help you develop a meal-delivery plan. ... [look for a good one] because one of the common complaints I get from [women in treatment] is that they get lasagna six nights a week. Lasagna isn't particularly good when you have mouth sores, [which is also a common side effect of treatment]. If you have food preferences, the [food delivery service will] also take [those] into consideration.