October is breast cancer awareness month!
This article from the American Institute of Cancer Research has some nutritional guidance on how to help appetite loss, nausea and vomiting, bowel changes, weight gain, and fatigue while going through chemotherapy, hormone therapy, or other treatments.
For appetite loss try eating your most nutritious meal during times of the day when you are most hungry, and possibly taking a short walk before meals to help stimulate appetite. For nausea and vomiting you can tone down the smelly foods by cooking outside on the grill or opening a window. Small, frequent meals can also help with this. With bowel changes, hydration is extremely important and you should be drinking 8 (8oz) glasses of water per day. Focusing on getting dietary fiber from vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and beans will also help.
Weight gain is often a concern with hormone therapy. Stay focused on eating plant-based foods and less fast food. Keeping healthy snacks on hand and drinking plenty of water is a great way to not have to stop by a fast food restaurant to grab something quick. Exercising is also key in maintaining a healthy weight. When feeling tired, exercising can help boost energy.
Here are a few healthy snacks you can keep on hand wherever you go!
-Fruit (melon, apple, grapes, berries, cuties), whole grain crackers, string cheese, nut butter, veggies (carrots, celery, peppers, cucumbers, broccoli).