How healthy foods help you fight cancer
What you eat plays an important role in how your body responds to cancer treatment. That’s why a dietitian who specializes in oncology nutrition can make a big difference during your journey through treatment and beyond.
Your food choices give vital support to your immune system. A balanced nutrition plan can help you fuel your immune system, maintain strength and tolerate treatment-related side effects.
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Here are tips to get you started on a lifetime of healthy eating.
Boost your antibodies
Start simple. Small changes to your everyday eating habits add up over time. And that leads to lifelong benefits.
Say yes to vegetables. Start by adding at least one serving of brightly colored vegetables to your recommended 3-5 daily servings. This can make a big difference in how your body functions. Fresh vegetables are best, but canned or frozen products are good alternatives when fresh vegetables are not available or too expensive. Remember to pay attention to lower sodium versions for the best choices.
Blend in fruits. Mix up a smoothie made with fruits. Or top your breakfast oatmeal with a serving of berries, bananas or a medley of fruits. Fruits are also a great option for a healthy, refreshing snack.
Love breads? Try whole grain brands instead of white. It's an easy way to add fiber and minerals that your body needs to function well.
Switch from soda to water. Cut back on calories and help your body stay hydrated with water instead of a sugary drink. Water helps with digestion, regulates your body temperature and keeps blood flowing through your body. It also boosts your brain power!
Maintain a healthy weight. Follow an eating routine that keeps your weight stable during treatment. It's the best way to avoid losing muscle mass and keep your energy level up.
Talk to an oncology dietitian
Whether you are newly diagnosed, in active treatment or in surveillance, a dietitian can help you set realistic goals today that will have an impact on your health for a lifetime.
Find out more about integrative therapies like nutrition counseling that can help you maintain your well-being. Contact Goshen Center for Cancer Care, (888) 492-HOPE.
Maricel Lopez-Colon, RD, LDN, is part of the Integrative Care Team at Goshen Center for Cancer Care. She offers nutritional support for patients before, during and after treatment. As an advocate for patients and their families, Maricel blends education and a common-sense approach to help them face nutrition challenges related to their treatment. She also answers questions about cancer diets, trends and fads.