• What is your favorite comfort food (post chemo for those of you for whom that applies)?

    Asked by AlizaMLS on Tuesday, March 19, 2013

    What is your favorite comfort food (post chemo for those of you for whom that applies)?

    I'm interested in what food you most enjoy eating that gives you comfort? I'm not talking about what you can tolerate during chemo (so those of you who are having that - please hold off on this [I know sometimes food tastes strange now...;( ]) but what do you most enjoy eating. Recipes are ok to share too!

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    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      By post chemo do you mean people who have finished their chemo treatments? Or do you mean post chemo, meaning after getting chemo. I just had chemo today and usually something that I really enjoy eating is frozen yogurt with lots of fruit. I don't cook as often now that I'm going through treatment so making a drive to my favorite frozen yogurt shop is a treat! :)

      over 4 years ago
    • cris' Avatar

      I really don't have a favorite comfort food at the moment, I went from chemo & 2 weeks later to having a bilateral mastectomy, so right now I have no appetite at all. I am having a craving for fried scallops & I am one not to eat fried foods go figure....hoping my appetite does come back soon, was waiting so long to taste it after chemo.

      over 4 years ago
    • GregP_WN's Avatar

      When I woke from one surgery I had, the guy in the bed next to me was eating some chocolate pudding. When the nurse seen I was awake and came to check on me, the first thing I said when she asked how I was feeling was, "fine, but I want some of that pudding". I still eat it today. That was kind of weird.

      over 4 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      To Lirasgirl33 and everyone,

      By comfort food, I mean anything you like, that you enjoy eating as long as it was something that gave you comfort after you diagnosis pre- and post chemo (and even during if it wasn't because of the metallic taste or "weird" cravings).

      over 4 years ago
    • DorothyV's Avatar

      I finished chemo in August 2012. I love yogurt with frozen berries, carbs, and sweets, (both of which I shouldn't have). I have also started adding cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes to recipes. I never used to eat spicy food. My husband loves the new dishes. Foods I used to like, just don't taste that great anymore :(

      over 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      Peanut Butter, Crackers and a BIG glass of Milk!!!! Boy....gives a whole new meaning to "calgon taken me away"....

      over 4 years ago
    • Clyde's Avatar

      Frozen yogurt cones, chocolate with a touch of sea salt and a cold beer make the world a better place. Either one at a time or in line. It calmed me right down the day of the diagnosis and every time I go in for an appointment, I follow with a trip to the frozen yogurt shop. Its my lollipop for being a good boy and not biting the doctor.

      over 4 years ago
    • Debbie's Avatar

      Before BC, eating habits were healthy. No friend foods or sugar, low fat, low salt, blah, blah, blah. Now the only thing that tastes great is peanut butter chocolate chip cookies. Found the recipe on line, make a huge batch and eat 1/2 dozen at a time. (Oink)

      over 4 years ago
    • CAL's Avatar

      Really? I have to pick just one? There are so many. Yesterday I made Swedish Cardamom bread and Swedish sweet Rye bread. I could have eaten the entire loaf of Rye bread as it was warm right out of the oven, but I didn't. I am 12 weeks out from my last chemo treatment and finishing radiation tomorrow so I am really enjoying the taste of food. Now I have to think about going back to eating low carb/plant based diet so I can loose more weight, but I sure have enjoyed having food taste good again and not being tired all the time. I am fortunate to have access to tasty organic fruits and vegetables because my husband grows them for a living. I freeze and can produce during the season and then have it available all winter. Our spinach sort of hibernated for a couple months but now I am having fresh spinach salad every day again. I am taking a boatload of supplements prescribed by my oncologist so between them and the produce, I feel like I made it through surgery, chemo, and radiation pretty healthy and ready to move on. I won't ever forget I have cancer, but I don't want to dwell on it any longer. Now just anxious to see whether I'll get to have curly hair for the first time in my 62 years. It feels like thick soft fur right now but not long enough to tell if it will be curly. I am impatient waiting for it to grow enough so I can give up the wig and toss my curly hair (hopefully) in the wind and rain of Spring.

      over 4 years ago
    • jad's Avatar

      No difference - same comfort foods I've always craved. During chemo I never had any appetite issues - if anything my appetite was bigger. Yes, I gained weight. (Steroids in the cocktail?) My taste was altered, but not significantly - but I think it's back pretty close to normal now that I'm about 8 weeks post-chemo.

      I've always eaten a healthy diet, but with too many sweets/carbs. And I love ice cream, which I don't eat nearly as much as I used to. Philosophically, I cannot eliminate the goodies now. My life is spartan enough - and on principle I won't give up the few things I really enjoy. So I just try to control the sweets/carbs better.

      Cooking for one now rather than for husband and family is a bit of a problem. But I cook,anyway - and freeze a lot. My favorite is soup. From scratch - always. You can make soup soooo healthy.
      And it requires only one large pot. Excess freezes beautifully in ziplock bags.laid flat on a tray. They stack nicely once frozen. And you do NOT need the stock base (chicken or beef) that most recipes call for. Using plain water is fine. If you saute your aromatics first in a tad of olive oil (onion/celery/mushrooms etc) you get a lovely flavor without all the salt. Even the low salt commercial stocks have a lot of salt. I've not used the crock pot, but that would probably be very good in conserving energy - your own energy as well as the utility company's

      Trader Joes (maybe other places) sell mirepoix (a finely chopped carrot/onion/celery mix) you can easily use as a soup base. And you don't have to stand there peeling, chopping or slicing.
      Sliced fresh mushrooms are easily available now too. And you don't need to peel fresh potatoes you might add. And dried legumes don't need any prep except maybe some overnight soaking for some of them. Lentils and split peas require no soaking. I am making myself hungry (again).
      You can cook some meat/fish/chicken in your soup. Or not. You can just add some cooked later when you heat up your serving, if you eat meat/fish/chicken. I've been known to use some supermarket rotisserie chicken to add to soup when I reheat it sometimes....oh the guilt. But the protein is good for you I think.

      There was something in the news today about a study (there's a study) stating people with breast cancer should avoid high fat dairy foods - that is bad news for the ice-cream lover in me.

      over 4 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      Grilled cheese and cupcakes!

      over 4 years ago
    • janstar47's Avatar

      In this order: Paula Dean's mac and cheese recipe ! Cottage cheese. (seriously) Chocolate Cappuccino cupcakes from a local bakery. (awesome icing on rich chocolate cupcake)
      Sweet potato baked - with butter. Jr. Burger from 5 Guys hamburgers with EVERYTHING on it. Delish items here. I try to eat better than this. But they are comfort foods to me. And, not a food, but MY COFFEE with Half and Half. At least once a day. Enjoy your comfort foods. You earned it. : )

      over 4 years ago
    • BetsyP's Avatar

      Strangely enough, I wanted grilled chicken sandwiches - with mayo, lettuce and tomato. It wasn't that I craved them, they just made me happy and filled me up. They were never really a first choice before I started chemo.

      over 4 years ago
    • AlizaMLS's Avatar

      I have a few (I didn't have chemo) but I needed comfort food all the same before and after my mastectomy, so here goes: homemade shortbread cookies (my Grandma's recipe) - I made them, my family recipe for apple pie (I made this pre-surgery [don't think I could handle a rollling pin post surgery]), my macaroni and cheese recipe, potatoes - mashed, baked, roasted or fried.

      over 4 years ago

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