• What to eat

    Asked by ggort on Sunday, June 2, 2013

    What to eat

    No tast buds, can not eat a lot of things, itry to eat some hings and it makes me sick. Right now I am able to eat mini ravioli and grilled cheese w/tomato

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    • FreeBird's Avatar

      I don't know much about colorectal cancer. But I think in general, in our experience, if you can eat mini ravioli and grilled cheese with tomato, then it's good to eat ravioli and grilled cheese with tomato. Whatever goes in.

      We found that when you are having a hard time eating, we mixed up some Carnation Breakfast Essentials, with whole milk, a little extra powdered milk, and a scoop of ice cream or fruit sorbet in the blender to get through the bad times. My dad doesn't like the Ensure or Boost type drinks. Right now, he's not eating much at all. He can just about get one of those drinks down. Twice a week maybe he gets an egg or two in. Whatever goes in, and stays in, and provides a little extra protein if possible. You can even use this liquid with one of those Jello instant pudding mixes, and just substitute it for the liquid called for on the box.

      Frozen fruit in the blender with those drinks is good too. You can change up the flavor. Right now, dad's favorite is the vanilla Carnation mix, with frozen peaches tossed into the blender. You can use bananas, berries, whatever you enjoy.


      over 3 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      Like Freebird mentioned, on the tough days, anything your body can take is good. Just don't completely stop eating or drinking fluids. Your body needs it. I learned what my body could take by trial and error. Fruit was my best friend throughout treatment, as well as Ensure. I liked the strawberry flavor but could only drink it with ice. Keep doing what your doing :) Hugs.

      over 3 years ago
    • BeckyTice's Avatar

      Hey.... mini ravioli and grilled cheese was a regular treat for all three of my kids. It's good. It may get boring but it's really good....

      What I hate is the prune juice! I have to drink it because I tend to get constipated.

      I'm surprised you can handle the tomato.... I'd love to be able to eat tomato! Oh well... we all have our little victories.... ;)

      over 3 years ago
    • RebHar's Avatar

      Eventually, it usually comes down to just eating whatever you can. It's important to get enough calories because you're very likely to lose weight. Nothing wrong with mini rav and gc sammies. Try mashed potatoes. I find those go down very easily. Also oatmeal.

      If you're concerned about not getting enough calories, try Benecalorie (you can get it on amazon.com). It flavorless so you can mix it in with just about anything and it adds a wopping 330 calories (and some protein) to whatever you're eating. Of course, also be sure you're getting enough vitamins by taking a supplement.

      over 3 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Right now it's important to get enough calories, so continue eating your mini ravioli and grilled cheese w/tomato. have you tried other pasta with tomato sauce? Other have given you some great ideas of foods to try -if by "makes me sick" you mean you are nauseous and/or throwing up, speak with your oncology team, there are medications that can control that, as well as other digestive track issues.

      Good luck, taste buds will come back, hopefully sooner rather then later.

      over 3 years ago
    • fastdog's Avatar

      I had 2 surgeries that completely killed my appetite. Food not only didn't taste good, it made me gag. I found I could eat a tiny bowl of macaroni salad, so that became my staple. Three meals a day, macaroni salad. Sheesh. Eventually, I could get down a larger bowl of the stuff, and then after a while, on to "real" food. I picked at dry Cheerios during chemo, when I also wasn't eating. At least, the mini ravs and grilled cheese will keep you going till you can go on to something else.

      over 3 years ago
    • ggort's Avatar

      Thank you every one for the great comments. I have been on Chemo for a year and 5 months. The past month now I have been able to eat a lit more things except meat still bothers me and I believe any way it is best for me not to eat meat. My taste buds have changed again, the best thing that goes down good is angel hair pasta with olive oil and broccoli. I am able to finally eat eggs. Breakfast I have an eggo waffle with an egg over easy or with blueberries. Able to eat
      Mac & Cheese, Lasagna, home made potato salad, fruit, Milano minis dark chocolate, Trial & error, :-)
      I started craving sweets but I try to stay away from that since they say sugar is not good for cancer. I at the beginning drank the Ensure but after a little while I could no longer handle it and milk products make me sick. As long as I am able to get food down now I'm ok with not having the ensure. It sure feels better being able to eat more things but I try to watch the things I do it even though it is small portions. Take care All and God Bless

      almost 3 years ago

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