You may think that you should be resting during treatment and not exerting a ton of energy on your body however, recent research actually shows the importance of exercising during treatment. Exercising during treatment can boost your physical functioning and your quality of life. For example, it improves balance which in turn reduces your risk of falling, improves blood flow to your legs which reduces your risk of blood clots, and it increases your self-esteem.
Okay we get it, exercise is good during treatment but HOW should I be exercising? Your ability to exercise and how you should be exercising depends on certain factors such as the type of cancer you have, the treatment you are receiving and your endurance level. Your doctor will be able to know what the best moves are for you but a helpful rule of thumb is to take it slow. Maybe one week you try to walk around the house a few times a day and the next week you try to walk down the street. Whatever the activity is it is important to consult with your doctor beforehand and listen to your body.
When diagnosed with Cancer it may feel as if your life has been flipped upside down. You feel several emotions and it is hard to know what to do next. During treatment among the various side effects, your body is going through so much physically and mentally. Simple tasks such as eating can be difficult. Whether you are experiencing nausea, dry mouth, loss of appetite, or any other factors that come with treatment we are here to give you some strategies to help you combat the problems that make eating difficult.
Eating during treatment can feel more like a chore than something you look forward to. From intense smells to your taste changing, and several other factors it is important to figure out what strategies will promote a diet that works for you. For example, instead of eating the normal 3 meal diet, try to snack more often throughout the day with 6 to 8 small meals. This will feel less overwhelming and will get you the daily nutrients you need to have a successful treatment.
Now you may be asking, what do I eat? High protein and starchy foods such as chickpeas, tofu, cheese, turkey, nuts, peanut butter, etc. are all good sources of nutrients. Avoiding intense spices such as garlic and serving food at room temperature or cold can help with the overpowering smell of food. However, while it is important to be eating foods that boost your immune system and give you strength, it is more important that you are eating than what you are eating. Therefore, if you want a chocolate bar for breakfast then eat a chocolate bar for breakfast and always have your favorite snacks on hand.