• "Unhealthy" Diet

    Asked by cwhite9745 on Tuesday, February 26, 2013

    "Unhealthy" Diet

    My dad was diagnosed Sept., 2012. Through this process I have come to understand the importance in making good food choices. The doctor has told him not to drop weight. He interprets this as being able to eat whatever he wants, healthy or not. He is a sugar-hoilic and eats lots of ice cream & sweets. Of course I am assuming eating all the ice cream you want is not the doctor's intention. What can I say to help my dad make good choices. I've heard yes and no on the theory that sugar "feeds the cancer". Any input is greatly appreciated.

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    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      Nor having gone through chemo (I'm a BC patient), and having no appetite problems, I myself am not the person to gibe avice about personally, but I was a caregiver for my Dad with CLL. He was always one of those very lucky people who was very thin and could eat as much of anything they wanted without gaining weight. He didn't react very badly to his chemo, but it did affect his appetite so in order to stimulate it, his oncologist prescribed Marinol ([synthetic marijuana] we're in NY State). This was not for pain-just to stimulate appetite and it worked really well!! My father loved eating nearly everything in sight after that and yes, he did have the munchies...;)

      over 6 years ago
    • CAS1's Avatar

      Well I'll tell you I have a big challenge with the idea of an unhealthy diet being related to cancer. I think it can be related to other disease and health issues but I don't buy the cancer relationship..I am first generation Greek American. My grandparents in Greece on my Fathers side ate the most healthy diet you can imagine. Absolutly NO red meat..Clean natural foods, vegies, cheese, whole grains and they both died at a yong age from cancer.

      We all ate a beautiful diet growing up..Fish,vegtibles, only olive oil etc. Both my p[arents died of cancer and I lost my 58 year old sister ( was very very healthy) to cancer and now me. I have met so many many people who were health nuts and they have cancer..My daughter dislikes McDonalds because we never eat it..I agree he should not loose weight..And I eat very healthy but not because i think there is a relation to cancer..Go sit in the cafeteria at the hospital and watch what the Doctors eat. Then you can see what i mean.

      Make sure he takes a multivitamin approved by your Onc. make sure he gets a low sugar ensure or instant breakfast, if not everyday a few times per week, and the rest is up to him. Try and get him frozen yogurt, try and have home made good foods that he likes available with added vegtibles, You can scramle eggs and put fridge, pancakes with flax, and other healthy foods can be made and put in frige or freezer so its easy for him to re heat. Heating up the food can increase appetite. Engage all the senses for eating to help increase desire for the food.Home made pizza, whole wheat crust, with lots of veggies freezes well.

      But let him eat what he wants.

      over 6 years ago
    • Queen_Tatiana's Avatar

      Food. Food. Food. With my husband I have tried to do the healthier diet. All natural. Organic. While I still prefer to shop this way I have learned I cannot dictate what he eats or doesn't eat. Chemo changes your eating. My husband eats what he feels like eating and if that means a chicken sandwich from McDonald's then so be it, at least he's getting something in his stomach. I've come to terms with it and learned to let it be. As long as your husband doesn't have any other disease that effects what he eats such as diabetes, then I would suggest simply making sure he eats something.

      over 6 years ago

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