I would change my blog to teal this month… but most my posts are teal already.
Why change this month?
Cancer sucks, it sucks the life out of you in so many ways. I hate typing that word.
really really hate it.
I suppose if this is a post about awareness I should now tell you things, things to watch for.
I am not going to.
Perhaps then you will google it and then learn more. (you should, you should be aware)
Instead I am going to hit upon more tips/thoughts on how to help. The Support part.
What I see all the time is how hard it is to eat. To keep up strength. To fight fatigue so you can do battle with this terrible thing during treatment. During your fight.
The body needs food to fight, it is that simple, but the treatments make the thought of food a terrible thing, eating is not a chore, not a battle, it is just forgotten. I will eat tomorrow perhaps… if I can.
How can you be blamed when you feel so terrible?
When you do manage to eat though, choosing foods is soooo important, your calorie intake is so low, body reserves are quickly drained. Fatigue becomes stronger. Strength wanes.
I know, this is like nagging, but when you sit on the side, holding hands you want to do more. You want to share strength, to take the load, to hug and make it go away.
But being firm instead. Strong, nagging even…. sharing strength and love.
Eat more fiber, eat less fiber, drink more, drink less. The internet is full of tips, conflicting tips.
So what to do?
There are other troubles, tastes change. Even water can taste horrible. Favorite foods, become blech.
Use sauces to spice food up, add some soy, ketchup, bbq sauce.. things to add more flavour. Try foods that you normally don’t like, your tastes have changed, maybe these foods will be ok now.
So for each person the advice varies. Eat what you can, this is true, but try to pick, of the foods that you feel you can eat, the foods with the highest protein levels. But not just protein is missing from your diet.
Add protein supplements to your foods or chew on the tasteless tablets. Perhaps you can keep these down.
Eat fruit, yes there is not much protein there, but there is good source sugar, fiber, vitamins and minerals, yes you need these too. Fruit gives you bursts of energy, almost right away, they can help you to feel better. Avoid acidic fruits.
Salt. what? with a very low intake of food, the body may need more sodium, potassium too. Bananas. Vitamin tablets.
some more tips
Foods that are cold are easier to eat. They have less aroma, smells can cause you to.. well cold food won’t as much. Try to sit up after eating, nausea strikes more when lying down.
Immediately after a treatment, when nausea is strongest, crackers may be the easiest… so get someone to make some for you, or make some before a treatment.. yes from scratch, crackers with more in them. They are very easy to make, you can sneak in some extra calories. Some protein supplements.
Suck on candies. this keeps saliva flowing, helping with dry mouth and stimulates appetite. It also helps keep that bad taste away, mints to freshen things up. licorice… 😉 does it come in purple?
Watch TV whilst eating, so you can eat slowly, perhaps a bit more as you are distracted, sitting at the table watching food just sit there, it is harder to do.
One that is often overlooked, that taste change you go through, metallic things taste worse, a fork or spoon in your mouth is often more offensive than the food, use plastic. 🙂 it is a good trick.