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Healthy Food Tips

 

 

 

Many people living with cancer

experience weight loss. A few

key strategies to help promote

healthy weight include:

 

 

 

 

 

  • Consume small, frequent meals in order to achieve your optimal nutrition each day — ideally at least three meals and two snacks per day.
  • Focus on consuming adequate calories and protein; choose higher-calorie meals by including more oil, butter, cheese, nuts, gravies, and sauces as tolerated.
  • Focus on good sources of protein for healing from lean poultry, meat, eggs, fish, nuts and beans.
  • Include nutrient-rich shakes, smoothies and nutritional beverages to supplement additional calories, protein and nutrients as needed.
  • Discuss with your healthcare team the inclusion of resistance exercise to help rebuild muscle tissue that may have been lost.
  • Don’t get too focused on the “numbers” – the important thing to focus on is healing by eating healthfully and regaining your strength. Don’t be discouraged if it takes a little bit longer for the weight to follow!

 

 

 

Recent evidence has shown 

that a diet rich in plant foods

from colorful fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes has many

health benefits, including the

ability to strengthen the

immune system and fight

cancer. More helpful tips

concerning plant foods:

 

 

 

 

  • Aim to include a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables every day such as:  ◦ Yellow pepper (yellow), zucchini (green), cherries (red), carrot (orange), blueberry (blue), and eggplant (purple). 
  • Include healthy plant-based foods like nuts, seeds, beans and legumes. 
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