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    Has anyone changed their diet since being diagnosed ? What do you know about drinking green tea?

    Asked by LMM on Friday, February 1, 2013

    Has anyone changed their diet since being diagnosed ? What do you know about drinking green tea?

    Recipes to share to eat right during treatments?

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    • SueRae1's Avatar

      I love green tea and have been drinking it for years. I have not radically changed my diet, I was on Weight Watchers and continue to follow the plan. The one thing I did do is limit the amount of processed foods I eat, and watching my sodium and salt intake. I use to snack on 100 cal packs of cookies, muffins etc once a day, I don't do that any more. At home we only eat whole grain pastas these days , but that's about it.

      over 7 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I've modified my diet since treatment to lose the 35 pounds I gained during treatment. During treatment is not the best time to start drinking green tea. One of it benefits are anti-oxidants which can interfere with the efficacy of your treatment. As far as eating right during treatment, you eat what your system can tolerate, particularly with most chemo drugs. For me that was 4 months of cream of tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches. Not exactly a healthy diet, but most everything else tasted terrible, gave me heartburn, or made me throw up. Eating right was the least of my concerns during treatment.

      over 7 years ago
    • Mel's Avatar

      I'm trying to modify my diet now also since treatment bought a juicer and messing with that some and trying to do less processed foods dinner time is worse I live with a farm boy so the meat and pot seem to be a must :) I do also drink green tea have always liked it. But I agree during treatment didn't matter what I tried to eat healthy wise didn't seem to work alot of stuff tasted bad or made me sick so for me once could keep food down was Ramen noodles, grilled cheese. I probably gained 15 during treatment felt so puffy and bloated I still haven't lost anything but at least I don't feel that way right now. :)

      over 7 years ago
    • myb's Avatar

      I tried to increase my vegetables for dinner which used to always slide after meat/fish and potatoes. I definitely got tired of asparagus and brussel sprouts so went onto raw string beans and cooked mushrooms. Now I try for some variety. My husband started milling our own flours because better for us. I have a food allergy to gluten to he made brown and white rice flours and corn meal for me. He used to make corn bread for me during chemo days as pretty much no appetite. The smell was incredible and would always get me to eat a piece. I drank variety of tea pending on my need. I went through a lot of chamomile and tension tamer teas by Celestial Seasons. ;-)

      over 7 years ago
    • Zappy's Avatar

      My Oncologist advised to stay away from green tea during treatment, so I drink black tea when I feel like having tea. When I first got diagnosed, I went through a phase where I did not want to eat. I thank God for family that helped me with changing my diet! I cut meats; sugars; and fried foods (difficult to do, especially while driving near an In&Out and other burger places; and want to cry). I got a juicer and try to eat more greens and fruits. When family and friends come over, we juice together so that helps! I also have fish atleast once a week. I eat more whole grain foods and whenever possible buy organics and less processed foods; which can get very costly by the way! Changing my diet has been very difficult; in particular staying away from sweets and breads; so here and there I will have a piece of raw dark chocolate or have a low fat chocolate soy drink. I make more veggie or have miso soups with Udon noodles. I also grill veggies with a little organic extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of curry and/or sea salt. Sometimes when I am not hungry and have a loss of appetite, I drink almond milk, have a banana and/or a slice of ezequiel bread with a little organic peanut butter.

      over 7 years ago
    • Giraffe's Avatar

      Green Tea is my comfort food. I have not had the opportunity to modify my diet yet as noting tastes good. I fact due to reactions to my first treatment lost 5 pounds.

      over 7 years ago
    • geekling's Avatar

      In all my adult life I've eaten differently than the mainstream so I did not change up my diet as much as I strengthened it. One cup of tea isn't going to do much of anything. If I were going to drink tea during treatment, I'd drink roibos or red clover which have vitamins and are known blood purifiers but I would also ask a doctor about making drastic changes. I might consider alfalfa leaf tea (chlorophyll) and oatstraw (mood enhancer) or horsetail (silica) but, please do talk to your doctor as hebal teas can be very strong.

      If you are getting chemotherapy, everything tastes awful and there is temptation to eat 'filler food' which gives bulk but little else. If you own a juicer try a mix of a whole cucumber, 3 ribs of celery, and a handful of parsley. You can squeeze in some lime or add a bit of lemon balm or mint or add a few slices of fresh ginger to make it more attractive to your palate. The drink has a lot of nutrition, is bland enough to keep down and will actually give you some much needed nutrition. If you do not own a juicer (get one) but only a blender, blend everything up, strain it and then drink it down.

      Once you have a drink like this in your belly it will be a lot easier to tolerate more food through the day. If you are able to chew, stick with more whole veggies that are bland. Watch out if you cook them because the smell can drive you up a wall and turn your tummy inside out. Juice or blend raw greens, accent with a sweet fruit and call it a meal. You might even fool yourself and wind up getting hungry and actually know what you might want.

      Depending on what is in season, try fresh canteloupe or a kiwi (which is super anti cancer) and/or raspberries on top of whatever it is that you can keep down (hot oatmeal, sunflower seeds, quinoa, rice, doesn't much matter). If you can tolerate greens, so much the better. Whole fresh fruit ought to help with sugar cravings. Have you ever eaten a mango? Made it into pudding?

      If chewing is hard, make more juices. Carrot juice is super sweet. Juicing watercress (cress is also anti cancer) will temper a sweet drink,

      It is hard to say what each individual might want but raw blended food is easier on a cancer patient. Juiced food is easier yet. Juiced nutrition can immediately be used by the body and you don't need to spend energy you don't really have in digesting.

      Just do the best you are able. That is all any of us can do.

      If anyone has interest, I wrote a book (on CD) about food called "Raw Deal: A Journey through Raw & Living Food" and you can check it out at http://www.etsy.com/shop/rawmaven . I'd be willing to give What Next folks a discount. I did a bunch of recipes for the good folks at the Living Nuts Company and I've a FB group you can dig through for information. http://www.facebook.com/?ref=tn_tnmn#!/groups/359670140790634/ .

      I've been a veggiesaurous for quite some time. Just because others are eating dead flesh doesn't mean you have to. On the same token, don't give up meat or any other food until you have something better with which to replace it. We all got a raw deal with cancer and we need to strive to simply do as best as we know how.


      over 7 years ago

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