Facing Cancer with Confidence: The Importance of Nutrition

Cancer has been a huge eye opener for us—it has been an overwhelming and a learning experience at the same time. I’m sure if you’re a patient or caregiver, you’re feeling the same way.

One thing I’m learning more about is the importance of nutrition: keeping your body well-nourished.

If you are the patient, this can be difficult. (Actually, if you’re the care-giver, this can be difficult too!)
Often, you just don’t feel like eating. In fact, I’m seeing my husband go through this right now.

However, he loooooves a few cups of coffee, and what we’ve found is that the warmth and the liquid can fill him up quickly—without the vitamins, and without the proteins he needs.

Vitamins and protein are key to your health under any circumstances—more so when you’re fighting cancer.
They help you maintain your weight. They help you rebuild tissue. They help your mind and body stay strong through chemo and radiation. (Funny—I’ve thought of Rocky downing that glass of raw eggs as he begins his training!)

You need this kind of energy to get through the workday.

A few products we’ve found that work include powdered whey protein. You can get these in packet form or in large containers at stores such CVS or online through Amazon.

My husband likes the vanilla flavor and the cookies and cream flavor, which he adds to many foods such as oatmeal, yogurt, or smoothies blended with ice cream and berries.

Other easy sources are Ensure or Boost (we use the Boost VHC—very high calorie brand). These can also be blended into shakes, added to coffee, or consumed right from the container. The vanilla Boost actually tastes a bit like Bailey’s Irish Cream, so I’ve gotten into serving it in a cordial glass as an evening drink!

Lastly, there’s Isopure—a whey protein powder that is (somewhat) tasteless. I ordered this via Amazon as well. Try stirring it into various foods prior to cooking—omelets, perhaps?

Do some experimenting!

The most important thing is that, just like Rocky, you give your body a fighting chance!

Cheers to you!!!

 

Copyright 2015 Michelle Kerrigan

All Facing Cancer with Confidence posts are dedicated to everyone battling cancer, and those that fight alongside them: If these posts help you in any way, I am thrilled!

I am also giving a shout-out to my friends at the TJ Martell Foundation, the music industry’s largest research foundation that focuses on finding cures for Aids, leukemia and cancer. Thank you!

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