Foods that worked for me were: found crackers and cheese such as cheddar, smoothies made with yogurt and fruit, canned peaches and cottage cheese sometimes. Rice always seemed to help the trots. Before chemo I thought tunafish salad was fair. During chemo it was one of the few things that had appeal. I usually ate 4 small meals/snacks during the day and one in the middle of the night. To help push fluids it was cranberry juice mixed with club soda. Immediately after chemo, as in "on the way home" I liked an ice cream cone from the golden arches. Hope you find something that works for you.
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Nausaus following chemo
Asked by Kathy on Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Nausaus following chemo
I had my first chemo treatment for my recurrence. I had anti nausaus drugs pumped in and a ton of pill prescriptions to help. I feel just ok. While I'm eating something I'm ok but two seconds later I feel nausaus and hungry. Is there a food that anyone can tecommed that will sustain me longer
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Hi Kathy :)
I experienced that "empty" feeling in the pit of my stomach from the nausea. Make sure that the anti nausea meds you are taking are enough. If you are still having breakthrough nausea then request additional meds from your doctor. I know at one point I was taking 4 to 5 different types of meds. Fortunately this time around I'm only having to take 2 or 3, and only for the first week or so after chemo. Also, try not to go too long without eating. Hunger will usually make nausea rear its ugly head faster. Eating while nauseous was almost impossible for me. Some anti nausea items you might want to keep around are: ginger ale (to sip not to guzzle down), ginger candy, ginger root to make ginger tea ( I didn't usually have this since I'm not much of a "hot" drink person). These help keep the nausea at bay. At times when I couldn't get myself to eat anything I would drink Ensure. This wasn't very often. I would drink using a straw so I didn't have to taste too much of it.
I would also highly recommend that you find if the cancer center you go to offers a nutritionist you can meet with. I did this and was able to get a lot of helpful hints, which included choosing foods that have higher caloric values.....but not just empty calories. Eat stuff that will actually help your body recover from all the chemo in your body. Here is a helpful publication from NCI that helped me: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/eatinghints
The food I ate varied so much as I've gone through treatment. Sometimes I'd be ok with certain foods and other times I couldn't even look,smell or even think of them. So it just depends on what your body can take. I say if you're going to eat, eat something that is high in vitamins, antioxidants, etc. Try a nice grilled salmon with steamed veggies and wild/brown rice. If you can't eat a big meal try eating smaller meals but 4-5 times per day. I know I would sometimes lose my appetite seeing too much food in front of me. For me, the choices in food I ate were based on what my body could take at that time and if I was experiencing any other side effects. I've had to go through a lot of digestive side effects like constipation and diarrhea so the foods I would choose to eat depended on that. If I was constipated I would eat more fiber, etc and the opposite if I had diarrhea. Wishing you all the best. Hope some of this helps.Sending hugs your way.
What worked for me was eating a bit every few hours -- whipped yogurt, Ritz crackers w/ cheese or peanut butter. Skip fried and greasy food. Try to get some protein -- will help you feel less hungry longer. Lots of fluids help flush the system faster, too. I second the suggestion to talk to the nutrionist/dietician at the cancer center where you get treatment; I found it very helpful.