• What kind of foods are good to stock up on prior to beginning chemo?

    Asked by BuckeyeShelby on Wednesday, August 29, 2012

    What kind of foods are good to stock up on prior to beginning chemo?

    I'll be starting chemo in about 3 weeks. Are they certain kinds of foods that made you feel better? Weird cravings? I understand, it'll be individual, just like some pregnant women crave ice cream while others want salty stuff.

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    • Cindy's Avatar

      I stocked up on high fiber foods (nuts, seeds, oatmeal, bean soup, high fiber cereal, granola bars, etc.) because I had problems with constipation during my chemo treatments. I focused on foods that required little to no preparation (e.g., soup).

      over 8 years ago
    • kkettelll1's Avatar

      not sure how often your treatments are but you should shop from one treatment to another. log your feelings and shop accordingly before the next treatment period. high protien low prep meals. many small meals thru the day as opposed to 3 larger meals. accept any help offered. you ARE worth it.

      over 8 years ago
    • Ivy's Avatar

      Everyone is right--your tastes will change. I couldn't stand the metallic taste of coffee until about 10 days after each chemotherapy. Also, I made a vat of thick vegetable soup (about 10 different vegetables, plus chopped ham and a can of tomatoes). It has lots of flavor, enough vegetables to help fight constipation, very nutritious. Freeze in containers small enough that you won't be eating it for too many days in a row. I couldn't handle very dry foods such as crackers until about a week after chemotherapy. Also, raw salads of any type were too hard on a fragile digestive system. Many of the comfort foods mentioned below worked well, but I tried not to OD on them as they usually are extremely fattening. That said, if that's all you can handle eating, then do so. Eating lots of protein helps to rebuild blood levels, so do try to eat high protein foods. I found that eating a honey flax cereal with lots of raisins helped with constipation, too. You'll probably have to experiment a bit before you figure out what works best for you.

      over 8 years ago

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