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I've always eaten reasonably healthy but I've never intentionally gone out and made sure I had a specific diet or ate from certain food groups.
Initially I made all these really healthy smoothies with kale and carrots and such like. I did that for about two weeks, and it just kind of fell by the wayside. But my new Vitamix blender has been put to good use making some awesome margaritas.
I bought a couple of books on healthy cooking for cancer patients, but I haven't even opened them.
So honestly, nothing really has changed in terms of my diet. I can't say that it probably wouldn't be a good thing but again, I haven't eaten unhealthy - I just haven't changed. I still like my carbs, and a glass of wine with friends, and a beer on softball days.
I haven't changed my habits much. My husband and I both eat healthy foods. We know that that's important, so we just continued to do it.
There's all kinds of stuff out there that they tout as being good for you, but I think it's just a matter of reasonably watching what you do.
In the support groups someone will come up with suggestions. I pretty much stick with basic, healthy stuff.
As much as I can control, I try to control. I eat organically whenever possible at home, but when we go out and the meal is out of my control, I just enjoy myself.
I'm much more conscious of fiber because of the lower GI effects of some of the medications.
Taste is an issue. So if there's any change it's that I've been eating food that's a little more spicy. Whether it's good for me or not, I don't know! But it tastes good and I've haven't had big side effects or problems from that.
The doctor said - especially through the chemo - whatever he can keep down, whatever sounds good to him he eats. We need to get calories. So don't feel guilty about whatever you feel like eating through those periods. Just eat it and it'll be OK.
A really great book I bought early on was "The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen." It focused on whole foods that were pretty simple to prepare.
It has a great section at the beginning of the book that says, "If you are having this side effect from cancer treatment, try that recipe."
After weight gain from a year of steroids, I'm trying to watch my diet and get my weight in a reasonable range without reducing calories. I keep a lot of protein in my diet because of some cancer treatments tend to lower my blood protein level.
I'm a good cook but I'm not a good nutritionist!
After I got diagnosed I started watching what I ate. Then I couldn't eat at all so the doctor said "you'd just better eat - period." So I did.
I try to eat better. I get recipes off websites and Facebook. They give us pamphlets at the doctor's office from the American Cancer Society and it's basically the same thing that diabetics eat.
We've cut out many things and try to eat much healthier. More vegetables, more fruits, no bread - and if we do it's whole grain. I do love juicing with greens, with kale, chard and spinach; and try to get the antioxidants up.
It's made a difference. I'm not getting all those fatty things that used to clog up my arteries.
One book that we've used is "Cancer - Step Outside the Box" by Ty Bollinger. He's pretty well known in the cancer world.
Probably cutting out a lot of the sugar and the fat would be the two biggest things I've changed. I won't say that I've cut it out 100%, every now and then you have to enjoy your life while you are still living, too.
I always let all my doctors know what supplements I'm taking. I don't ask them if I can take it, I just hand them the list and say, "What on this list do you not want me to take that might interfere with the treatment I'm getting?"
I believe in everything in moderation. But I could still cut down on sugar. It's in my head, but there are times when I just can't pass on a packet of peanut M&M's!
It is important to eat right. It's better for my body to eat less sugar and it's better to eat more fruit and vegetables.
I eat well, I feel pretty good. Your body doesn't always want to eat as much food as your typical person, so rather than three big meals a day I'm much better off having four meals a day, or even a fifth - a snack - in the evening. When you have pulmonary issues, the more bloated your stomach is, the more it's going to press against your diaphragm.
A lot of times people call me and tell me to try this and that, it's going to cure you or make you better. My doctor's always said: "You can do anything you want, just ask me first".
I used to be a McDonald's girl, get a little Happy Meal or I used to just grab a box of something and cook it.
Now I try to just do fresh. I even try to stay away from farm-raised fish, I try to get wild-caught.
I don't do red meat anymore. I haven't made the total change to organic - I'm not sure about that.
A lot of people say to not eat sugar. I haven't mastered that yet either. My doctor said that my cancer is not driven by sugar, so enjoy yourself. And that's what I do. I do try to avoid processed meat.
I eat whatever I want to eat. I don't have any restrictions. I try to still do my juicing because I really believe that's healthy for you. I try to do green.
I've given up sugar. I just don't think that that's necessary. What I read about sugar, cancer likes it, so I thought, "Well if cancer likes it, I don't like it." So I've given up and it's easy to do. I'm fine with it, I'm fine with not having dessert. You know you have enough sugar in your life without adding a donut.