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    What foods/drinks kept you strong during treatment?

    Asked by KarenG_WN on Tuesday, October 25, 2011

    What foods/drinks kept you strong during treatment?

    Cancer treatment can be both physically and emotionally exhausting. But you know it's important to take in good calories to help maintain your strength and weight as best as possible. Please share the foods and drinks that helped you get through it - and if you have any special recipes, share those, too!

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    • mommyNY's Avatar
      mommyNY

      i just started treatment.
      i eat apples, yogurt and like chicken soup (boiled chicken with vegies like brocoli, carrots, potatoes, rice etc.)
      i was reading somewhere about pomegranade or the juice not sure.

      almost 6 years ago
    • car092360's Avatar
      car092360

      Cupcakes with chocolate frosting : )

      almost 6 years ago
    • BrandenC's Avatar
      BrandenC

      During radiation, saltine crackers were my favorite for some reason, well beyond any sweet. Must be the salt content.

      During chemo, hot chocolate is my favorite. A simple non-upsetting comfort drink.

      almost 6 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar
      GregP_WN

      Whatever I could eat that didn't burn like crazy. Lot's of ice cream, soup. And chocolate milk, lot's of chocolate milk!

      almost 6 years ago
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar
      CarolLHRN

      I had a peanut butter sandwich and some m&m's every day. It helped me keep my weight up and it tasted good to me. I'm not really a carb lover but during treatment it's all I wanted but pasta. I would also go to the bakery and get some fresh bread or rolls and butter them for breakfast. I think it's really to eat something even if you aren't hungry. My tastes changed very frequently so I didn't buy a lot of something I was craving because the next day you never knew.

      almost 6 years ago
    • DanUnderwood's Avatar
      DanUnderwood

      Vanilla Ensure. Sometimes I will have it on Vanilla Ice Cream so that it is like a malt.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Annebehymer's Avatar
      Annebehymer

      I am living on ensure it seems to be the only thing I can eat (well drink) after chemo I get the mouth sores and just don't feel like eating.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Carol55's Avatar
      Carol55

      Every week it changes and each day out from chemo it changes. When I feel most nauseated it seems salty things are best. Pretzels with peanut butter or the flavor of the week this week. Sometimes ice cream (Graeters blackberry choc chip...I have no idea why) I agree that you cannot stock up on things you like because the next week your tastes may change entirely! I have a problem with our city water. I bought a water filter pitcher and flavor the water with just a touch of unsweetened pure cranberry juice. For some reason this helps me drink more and its not bad for the bladder either. Sweets are usually not a good taste to me right now. Cold things do not have as strong of a taste. But I found those fruit juice "roll-ups" and fruit snacks are tolerable and have some vit C.

      almost 6 years ago
    • mspinkladybug's Avatar
      mspinkladybug

      water water and more water and dunkin donuts coffee.

      almost 6 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar
      leepenn

      salty stuff....

      almost 6 years ago
    • Chelley44's Avatar
      Chelley44

      I haven't started chemo yet and I've already lost 53 pounds food just don't do anything for me (blah) drinking is no problem so I find energy in the mixed orange juice. Strawberry banana orange and pineapple banana orange are my favs I also try to force down a couple hard boiled eggs for some protein :-)

      almost 6 years ago
    • msdcstak's Avatar
      msdcstak

      For me, bananas, yogurt, bread, applesauce, cereal (but nothing poky, because of mouth sores), lots of water all helped. Soup is also good, not too hot, though. I am fortunate that nausea has not been a huge issue for me so far.

      To Chelley44 (above me), have you tried anything like the Ensure or Boost protein drinks? I'm curious about them, if they are worth the money. Thanks...

      almost 6 years ago
    • gc1952's Avatar
      gc1952

      I'm in a similar situation, having lost weight and muscle tone, so I'm making a chart of the things I can and do eat to try to track my intake of calories and especially protein, shooting for 40-50 grams of protein per day. I don't include low protein items on the chart but I know things like sherbet and apple pie have a little, give me calories, and just make me feel better. I almost have to remind myself to eat small meals 5-6 times a day b/c my stomach is only half its original size. Best sources for protein for me: eggs, cottage cheese, milk, Carnation Instant breakfast (hot or cold), chicken or turkey, white fish (grouper or snapper), macaroni & cheese, cheddar cheese, flan (available in the refrigerated section of the grocery store), and Special K Protein shakes (taste better to me than Ensure or Boost). Good luck!

      almost 6 years ago
    • SunnyCloud's Avatar
      SunnyCloud

      I didnt have trouble eating, but it did make me feel better to drink Ensure for the immune system.

      almost 6 years ago
    • Beverley's Avatar
      Beverley

      Ensure was a must for me. I also drank poweraid and things like that but there is controversy about whether these are good or you.

      almost 6 years ago
    • myb's Avatar
      myb

      I discovered near the end of chemo that oatmeal helped to alleviate the constipation from nausea meds. So much that I stopped taking them altogether.

      almost 5 years ago

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