• What to eat?

    Asked by cllinda on Monday, December 17, 2012

    What to eat?

    I just had my first chemo on Wednesday and I can barely eat or drink anything. Everything tastes lousy or hurts my stomach. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

    9 Answers from the Community

    9 answers
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      It whatever you can tolerate. For me it was cheese and tomatoes. Those were the only things that tasted normal to me. It will pass in a few days and then recur each cycle. I lost and regained the same 5 pounds every cycle while I was in chemo.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Debbie's Avatar

      The only advice I can offer is to try different types of foods/fluids, things you normally wouldn't drink/eat pre-chemo. I survived on V8, vanilla shakes and veggie soup. Weird combo but worked for me. Hope you feel better soon.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Nancebeth's Avatar

      Everyone is different but you should definitely try to eat even if it tastes weird. I found I craved stuff I wouldn't normally eat. I also found that overly spicy and overly sweet foods got past the lack of taste buds so I ate a lot of tacos and cupcakes. I gained about 15 pounds but at least I was eating. There was a period for about a week where all I wanted was grilled cheese. I also found that when I just couldn't eat, I could usually anage a protein shake so at least I was getting some nutrition.

      almost 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      nancjac gave a great answer. Ask your oncologist if you can use Gavascon I found it is really helpful with my stomach issues - and I take the day of my infusion and 2-3 after. Try not to eat too much processed, sugary and salty food. I find hot grain cereal, I like oatmeal and most of Bob's Red Mill whole grain line, whole grain bread and nut butter to be helpful.

      The tasting "awful" got better with each infusion, but now most things just taste bland for a few days.

      almost 4 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      You have to find something you CAN eat. It's important to eat a little something each day but my Oncologist didn't expect me to eat much. He stressed how important it was to drink plenty of fluids though. I was able to eat frosted flakes. That was pretty much it. In ended up losing about 50 pounds over the course of 12 weeks. I would try things like crackers, oatmeal...really bland foods. Give frosted flakes a try but after chemo, you probably won't be able to look at the box without getting sick...

      almost 4 years ago
    • gwendolyn's Avatar

      Ask you doctor about taking omeprazole (Prilosec) for stomach pain which I assume is indigestion. I found that really sweet, really spicy, and really salty foods tasted best. Do make sure you are drinking a lot of fluids. Getting dehydrated will just complicate everything.

      almost 4 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar

      Drink water and more water and more water. I struggled with drinking water the day of and a day or two after chemo, so my onc had me come in for IV hydration. I ate whatever tasted good to me....strawberry smoothies, apples, watermelon, chicken and potatoes...I couldn't eat anything with strong smells....I lost at least 15# from time of Dx through Tx...my onc wanted me to drink Ensure and I refused as I couldn't stand the thought of putting it in my mouth!!! I had horrid heartburn and was taking Pepcid AC and my onc eventually put me on NExium.

      almost 4 years ago
    • Modern's Avatar

      After the first treatment I lived on mashed potatoes tator tots and orange juice most the time when I was hungry/naushios mashed potatoes light salt helped

      almost 4 years ago
    • Nomadicme's Avatar

      I had a lot of issues despite having some great anti-emetics. Turns out I also needed anti acid meds (onc told me to take 2 Prilosec, helped lots).

      The best food for me was apple sauce. When a bit better, bananas, rice...and when my taste was gone....ice cream!! (I couldn't tolerate the smell of meat, coffee, think that's common)

      almost 4 years ago

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