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What To Eat

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Rebecca Katz

PearlPoint Nutrition Services

Guidelines, tips, and ideas to help you make healthy and safe food choices after a cancer diagnosis.

Benefits of eating healthy

Eating a healthy diet is beneficial if you’re living with breast cancer, especially during and after cancer treatment. Good nutrition keeps your body healthy and strong, and helps you feel better quicker.

A healthy diet can help you:

  • maintain a healthy body weight

  • keep body tissue healthy

  • lessen cancer symptoms and side effects of treatment

  • keep your immune system strong

  • maintain your strength and reduce fatigue

  • improve your quality of life

Tips for eating healthy

  • Breast cancer symptoms and treatment side effects may leave you feeling too unwell to cook, plan meals, or eat as you normally do. Here are some tips to help make eating healthy easier.

  • Shrink the size of your meals

  • Nausea, bloating, and constipation can make it hard to eat three large meals a day. To get the calories you need, graze on smaller portions five or six times daily. Add snacks like granola bars, yogurt, and peanut butter on crackers or apples.

  • Meet with a registered dietitian

  • A dietitian can help you design a healthy meal plan that fits with your food preferences and nutritional needs. They can also teach you ways to manage cancer treatment side effects like nausea so that you can eat a more well-balanced diet.

  • If you can, work with a dietitian who has experience in treating people with breast cancer. Ask your oncologist or nurse to recommend someone.

  • Use different utensils

  • Sometimes chemotherapy can leave a bad taste in your mouth that gives food an unpleasant flavor. Certain foods — like meat — can take on a metallic taste.

  • To improve the taste of your food, avoid metal utensils and cooking implements. Use plastic cutlery instead and cook with glass pots and pans.

  • Plan and prepare meals ahead of time

  • Cancer treatment can take up a lot of your day and leave you feeling exhausted. Meal prep can help make eating easier. Also, if you prepare your meals ahead of time, you’re more likely to stick to a healthy eating plan.

  • Create a meal plan for the entire week. Ask your dietitian to recommend healthy, cancer-friendly recipes, or find suggestions through organizations like the American Cancer Society.

  • Cook an entire week’s meals over the weekend when you have more time. If you’re too tired to cook or you can’t stand the smell of it, ask a friend or relative to prepare meals for you.

Eating a nutritious diet when you have breast cancer has many health benefits. Not only can it make you feel better faster, but it can boost your immune system and keep you strong. If you’re considering trying a new diet or are having trouble sticking to a healthy eating plan, talk to your doctor or a dietitian.