You probably know that following a balanced diet is an important part of a healthy life. Healthy eating is even more important as you go through treatment. Your body needs food to rebuild tissues and help you stay strong.
What does healthier eating mean?
Healthy eating means selecting a variety of foods to give your body the nutrients it needs. Your body needs many nutrients, including protein, fat, carbohydrates, water, vitamins, and minerals. Talk with your care team about how you can improve your diet.
Protein is needed for growth, to heal tissue, and to keep your immune system healthy. Good sources include fish, chicken, eggs, lean red meat, nuts, low-fat dairy products, dried beans, and soy foods.
Fat provides a rich source of energy and helps carry certain vitamins through the blood. Monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats are better choices.
Carbohydrates give the body the fuel it needs. Good sources include fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Other sources include bread, potatoes, rice, pasta, corn, peas, and beans.
Water is the main substance in our bodies. Cells need plenty of water to stay healthy. You should drink about eight 8-oz glasses of liquid each day, which can include foods like soup and milk. If you are experiencing side effects such as diarrhea or vomiting, you may require more liquids to prevent dehydration.
Vitamins and minerals
Vitamins and minerals help the body work properly. Most are found naturally in food. Your doctor will give you vitamin B12 shots during treatment. Talk with your doctor before taking any supplements.