• food

    Asked by Janine44 on Tuesday, May 28, 2013


    My Husband was doing well till yesterday when something he ate caused him to bloat and get gas till he got sick I've looked into all the food list what to cut back on its seems like if I stick to the foods he can have he will get weak and lose weight that its last thing we need he is trying to heal from surgery and in 3 more weeks he has to go through another round of chemo any one have idea what is easy to eat and still give nutrition I have him on boost drinks but he needs food to build back up the 25 pounds he has lost this year Thanks for any feedback

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    • CrazyHarry's Avatar

      For me pastas and turkey sandwiches. Yogurt is also working nicely. My wife just made some amazing BBQ ribs that were yummy and easily digestable. I'm 4+ weeks post surgery amd starting FOLFOX next Monday. Also had a very yummy milkshake over the weekend.

      over 3 years ago
    • Peroll's Avatar

      You may want to keep track of what and how much he eats so you can determine what he reacts poorly to or what he seems to like and eat more of. This may be more important as he starts chemo and will likely have to deal with diarrhea and nausea and avoid foods that increase them. Once you have found some things he likes and don't disagree with him then you can expand out with similar foods. You will also find that his Drs will likely condone eating of some things that DRs normally advise against like fast food if it helps keep him eating enough. Also please watch closely for signs of dehydration as it can happen quickly during treatment and when not eating enough, and will make diarrhea and nausea worse which can land him in the hospital quickly if not countered. Good Luck and happy eating!!!!

      over 3 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      I agree with Peroll as we have had similar experiences. Keep a journal to not only document the foods and how he tolerates them, but how and when during his treatment cycle. I fell into a routine of not being able to eat during my first few days during and after chemo, so I focused on staying hydrated, nourished with protein shakes and prune juice to move my bowels. After those few tough days, I was able to start eating slowly and then focused on carbs and proteins to gain my strength back before the next round. I couldn't tolerate certain foods, either they tasted awful (can you imagine...I didn't eat chocolate for 6 months!) or they upset my stomach. But whatever did go down and tasted good, I would eat.

      And don't think what he is experiencing now is going to be how he will be for the rest of his life. It was a good year or so until my colon settled down and I have gotten accustomed to my new diet/restrictions. He may not be able to handle high fiber foods. Keep track of them. I used to love Mexican food, but now have to eat it sparingly. But I can now eat more vegetables and fruits than I could after treatment. And you mention another treatment...it may not be the food per se, it could be the treatment that is irritating his innards.

      I wouldn't be concerned about his gaining weight (unless the doctor feels he is malnourished), but moreso that he is getting the proteins and carbs he needs for his strength and nutrition. Unfortunately, the cancer diet comes to an end and the weight comes back on!

      over 3 years ago
    • glam's Avatar

      I had a similar situation after surgery and had to be hospitalized in emergency because the pain was so huge that only iv morphina could stop it. My surgeon mentioned me that probable was some food, probably meat that I had not chewed very well so it came to my stomach to big to be processed to a recently operated body......so he gave me a liquid diet for a week and than said to me to exercise my teeth the most and chew very well each slice of food. During liquid diet, I used to have everything that I could handle and like processed so it gave me the necessary energy that I needed but not in a solid way......of course taste is not as good as keeping food solid but it give you the same calories....also i used to drink milkshakes which is also pretty much caloric....hope that helps.....God bless you and your husband and give you both a good fight

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Speak with his oncology team and see if they can recommend medications (like GasX, etc) that can help mitigate the issue. I also agree with others, keep track of what he eating, you may be able to find out specifically which foods give him the most issues, and then you can eliminate them and concentrate on the ones that don't cause issues.

      Good luck.

      over 3 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Hi Janine44,

      I'm Aliza, a Breast Cancer patient and the site's unofficial resident Medical Librarian. I don't usually answer Medical questions, (Med librarians avoid them as doing so constitutes practicing medicine sans license which is a bit illegal...;)), but I'm allowed to speak from personal experience and from the experiences of friends and family who've had Cancer as well (we number too many).

      My late grandfather had Colon Cancer and my late Dad had CLL, so I'm well acquainted with the concept of cancer patients needing to gain weight (though it's not my situation). Yogurt is a good idea, but you may want to look into soy yogurt, especially if you or your hubby think that milk might be a food to which he has a sensitivity. Stonyfield Farms has just come out with a soy yogurt (just bought it as my food coop was out of my usual brand), but be sure that it lists which cultures are on the containers.

      You may want to try soy ice cream, chocolate soy milk, soy cheese, etc. You also may want to try pasta as someone else suggested, but not regular pasta (I've read that it's better to avoid gluten [it's considered a more "inflammatory" food], but rice or corn pasta [they're whole grain]).

      You may want to try reading "Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips" by Kris Carr and Sherryl Crow. She also recently wrote a recipe book called "Crazy Sexy Cancer Kitchen" which she co authored with a vegan chef. If you Google "Crazy Sexy Cancer", you'll also find that Kris Carr has a website with recipes by gourmet chefs and all kinds of other tips. I think there was a link to her site if you do that Google search.

      My late Dad who was somewhat lactose sensitive drank Ensure to keep weight on or add to it. At other times, I, who have somewhat severe IBS, have used Ensure carefully (drink it very cold and don't drink too much in one day) to gain weight as well. I don't know if they still do, but I believe Ensure used to make pudding too. You may want to get in touch with the company.

      If there are any other aspects regarding this I can help with, feel free to message me here or email me offsite as well.

      Bon Appetit!


      over 3 years ago
    • Janine44's Avatar

      Thank you all for your feedback I have started a food diary for him and hope to rule out the foods he cant take well I did tell him to take extra time to chew his food well and if he can handle it will make him milk shakes he has one boost perday he has 3 more weeks till he Gets his last round of chemo and he looks so thin I just want to build him back up thanks for all great advice just have to take it slow

      over 3 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      I started eating oatmeal with blueberries or any other fruit I had around towards the end of my chemo treatments every day and was able to stop taking anti constipation meds. Lunch was plain non fat greek yogurt and some fruit which I used to have to nuke sometimes to make warmer even after sitting out for awhile to warm up. I ate fish and veggies for dinner most nights.

      over 3 years ago

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