First Steps Towards a Healthy Diet
Eating the right foods in the correct proportions is essential for good health, and you may wish to consider ways in which you could improve your eating habits.
Some suggestions are set out below.
If your appetite and digestion are affected, aim to incorporate 3 of the below into your daily eating routine and add more as you are able.
• Drink at least 2 litres of good quality water spread throughout the day using a jug filter. (This should be one of your priority)
• Try to be relaxed and take your time when you eat. Try Mindful eating. This is concentrating totally on what you are putting into your mouth and taking note of the smell, tastes and textures.
• Chew your food properly to help the digestion process.
• Increase the amount of fruit and especially vegetables in your meals (up to ten portions per day) including greens such as cabbage, broccoli, spinach and watercress. Steam your vegetables where possible.
• Try some vegetable juices or smoothies – you can add apple for sweetness, or lemon and ginger to pep them up a bit! Try adding a spoon of virgin coconut oil.
• If you are feeling nauseous and don’t want to eat, then try peppermint or ginger tea.
• Smaller portions more regularly will help to keep your blood sugars stable and can sometimes help nausea.
• Keep a supply of nutritious snacks available for the moments when you do want to eat, such as nuts and seeds; and try making your own flapjacks or healthy cereal bars.
• Include beans, peas, quinoa and lentils in your meals. Whole grains contain important vitamins and minerals and can help as a good source of fibre.
• Try some sprouted seeds – its is very easy to do.
• Add organic extra virgin olive oil to raw and cooked foods. If olive oil is used in cooking heat to a minimum and choose a ‘mild and light’ variety. Alternatively, cook with organic virgin coconut oil.
• Increase the amount of whole grains in your diet and look for alternatives to wheat to reduce gluten in your diet. Gluten can increase digestion problems.
• Once you have finished chemotherapy, try to include some fermented foods to help to restore the good bacteria in your gut, such as live yoghurts and sauerkraut.