Welcome to the club ! Believe me, when we first got the word of my husband's diagnosis- I read up on healthy diets that "kick" cancer- and because I was helpless the change the diagnosis and felt helpless in general, food and diet was the only thing (I thought!) that I could control. I was going to help cure my husband through buying and cooking for him great "cancer-kicking" foods!! (or so I thought). Well, the stark reality of the situation was that all the "great" foods I bought and cooked (with the exception of the Almond Milk) totally bombed out- my husband refused to eat any of these things. Instead, with the chemo/steroids he seemed worse than before in his food cravings- and he had to eat whatever he felt he could stomach. It was almost comical- he wanted to eat potato chips, pizza, mac & cheese, white rice, saltines, spam and a whole can of canned hash ! I would come home and be "horrified" that he refused to eat all the wonderful healthy things I had bought. So I have just given up; let him eat what he feels he needs to eat, and I just eat the "healthy" foods myself ! :) Right now I am just happy he has an appetite at all !!
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Following Proper Nutrition
Asked by raysmom on Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Following Proper Nutrition
My son's diet preferences have always been fried or microwaved. He hates all things vegetable and rarely will eat a fruit. I have a sneaking suspicion that this has contributed to his getting cancer in the first place. Despite his diagnosis, I can not get him to change how he eats. Will this harm him in the long run even worse, or will the treatments be enough to beat this thing? I feel the need to mention that I've totally changed my diet and am following several of the suggestions found on the WhatNext blog. I keep offering him bites to try but he won't do it.
4 Answers from the Community
I looked into the macro biotic diet, saw the wisdom and knew I wouldn't follow it anyway. I do it lots of fruit and unprocessed food. I eat to live well and as long as possible.
He will only change if he wants to live. Sounds like he's drowning in a "pity party". You and he know that a poor diet will hurt him. If he doesn't want to live don't ruin your life trying to change his habits. He has a choice to make it's his choice. People make stupid choices all of the time, sad to say. Blame his father's genes.
Im going thru chemo now and my tastebuds are nonexistant...i can taste spicy and sweet. Alas, i know what i should be eating, but have no desire to eat cardboard tasting things. I spoke to my oncologist, he said just eat what you can, i would rather you eat than not. My eating habits now are atrocious to say the least. But I know this will pass after my nightmare is over. Just hang in there and keep the faith everything will work out. Prayer always helps. I crave strange concoctions. I do remember after my first chemo i wanted fruits and ice cream. Then everything began tasting like cardboard. I know this is probably not what you wanted to hear. Just be patient and see if he comes around on his own, if not, its like my doc said better to eat something and keep your strength up than not eating and deteriorating. Whatever happens, know my prayers are with you.
Clyde (Best Answer!)
Sounds to me like a control thing. He has total control over what he eats which is one of the few things he can control. It makes him independent of you, it defies the cancer (I know that sounds weird, but it makes (twisted) sense if you think about it), it is food he likes which makes him feel better.......even if it doesn't.