Nutrition for Side Effects

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We know that food plays a big part of how we feel every day. Fighting cancer plays an even bigger part! Sometimes the side effects of cancer take over and can really effect how we feel.  Some of these side effects include fatigue, nausea, constipation, and dry mouth. Did you know that certain foods can naturaly help with some of these side effects? Our friends at My Pearlpoint have put together a list of how to manage side effects and what foods will help to subside them.

Visit their site at Click on the side effect you are having and watch videos with tips on managing your side effects.

Here is a sample of foods to choose or avoid if you have diarrhea.

Food Group Avoid Choose
Grains High fiber, whole grain foods (bran, whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasts, whole grain cereals, whole grain crackers, and brown rice) Enriched grains that contain less than 2 grams of fiber per serving (white rice, cream of wheat, puffed rice cereal or corn flakes, white bread or toast, white pastas, and white crackers)
Fruits Raw fruits with skinsDried fruitJuices with pulp, prune juice, apple juiceCanned fruit in heavy syrup Soft fruits without skins (ripe bananas, melons, applesauce)Pulp-free 100% fruit juiceSoft canned fruit it its own juice
Vegetables Raw vegetablesVegetables with skins and seedsGas-forming vegetables (corn, dark leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, beans, and peas) Well-cooked, soft vegetables without seeds or skinsMashed potatoes without skinStrained vegetable juiceLettuce
Dairy Full-fat dairy products (whole milk, cream, sour cream, ice cream, and cheese) Low fat and/or lactose-free dairy products (buttermilk, skim and low- fat milk, lactose-free milk, soy milk, yogurt with live active cultures, and low fat (2%) aged cheese)
Proteins Spicy and high fat meats (fried meats or fried fish, bologna, salami, bacon, and hot dogs)Nuts, seeds, and chunky nut butters Low fat meatsCooked tender meatsFishEggsSoy foodsSmooth peanut butter
Beverages Caffeinated or sugary drinks (coffee, tea, soda, energy drinks, alcohol, and drinks that contain sugar alcohols like xylitol or sorbitol) Caffeine-free drinks (water, decaf coffee, decaf tea, sports drinks, and electrolyte replacement drinks)
Other Fried, greasy foodsSweets and dessertsSpicy foods (pepper, strong spices, hot sauce)Foods and drinks made with sugar alcohols (Sugar alcohols include xylitol and sorbitol and are found in many sugar-free products like candies, gums, and snack bars. Read ingredient lists to look for sugar alcohols.)


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