Eating during treatment

July 30, 2019

I think it is important to eat healthy food during and after treatment, but not at the expense of your wellbeing.

 

I think there's a common misconception between eating healthy and losing weight. I personally have both lost and gained weight from eating the same 'healthy' foods during treatment, it was just a case of how my appetite was with all of the medications and mouth/stomach pain etc, which of course cannot be controlled and everyone's experiences are different. For example, during treatment, when it comes to those difficult times where you really struggle to eat anything at all, I personally think that any food is good food,  just because it isn't branded as 'healthy' shouldn't mean too much when you're in a position where you are encouraged to eat to give you energy and ultimately make you feel better.

 

I am a huge believer that a positive attitude goes a long long way, so if restricting certain types of food during such a crucial time like this isn't making you feel happy, then you should eat what does make you feel happy.

 

A good balance is key if it can be managed. If you can, swap a chocolate bar or crisps from the snack trolley for an apple or an energy ball, but if you really really fancy a biscuit, then a biscuit it is. It's nearly impossible to predict how much food you are going to eat day to day throughout the course of your treatment, but I would say try to stick to a healthy diet as much as possible, but eat whatever you feel like on the days that you need.

So, for example I ate homemade snacks like energy balls and nut bars, but for a lot of people this isn't an option for many different reasons

 

Thank you for reading,

Laura

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