Chemotherapy, as anyone who has gone through will tell you, can come with its very own, serious side effects. The radiation from the treatment can make your mealtime especially difficult as chemotherapy can alter your appetite and your sense or taste and smell. It can make you nauseous, making it difficult to keep food down. You may experience diarrhea or constipation, severe weight loss or gain, and/or pains from dry mouth or mouth sores. All these potential symptoms can make maintaining a healthy diet extremely hard and this is at a time where being well fed with healthy foods is imperative to maintain strength to fight off any illnesses that may arise during your weakened state.
The infographic below, 20 Healthy Diet Tips for Chemotherapy, is important reading for anyone who is undergoing or soon to undergo chemotherapy. The tips are easy to follow and simple enough to keep in mind. We’d recommend even taping it to your fridge as a reminder! Whatever you can do that makes eating more enjoyable and nutritional is going to be worthwhile because you’ll feel so much healthier even during the tough times.
This guide won’t replace the expertise of your doctor so consult your physician or a dietician if you have questions or concerns about your diet plan going forward. Continue reading the guide for some dietary inspiration!