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Planning is an important step in managing the challenges of cancer. Whether preparing for how you’ll handle side effects, deciding how you’ll break the news to others or figuring out how you’ll get to and from doctor visits, planning can dramatically reduce stress during this difficult time.
When you are going through cancer treatment, your appetite, taste in foods and ability to eat enough food may be significantly impacted. Cancer and cancer treatment can also affect the way your body tolerates certain foods and uses nutrients. Your body can easily become malnourished.
Planning your meals can help ensure that you get adequate nutrition, which will help you get through treatment and recover more quickly from it. A healthy diet can help you feel better, fight infections and keep your body strong.
Taking time to plan your meals can also remove the unnecessary anxiety of figuring out what to eat when you feel tired and overwhelmed, and allow you to focus on your recovery.
Follow these five meal planning steps so you keep eating well once cancer treatment begins:
Beyond planning your meals, eating the right things, knowing what foods to avoid and practicing proper food safety are important factors in staying nourished during cancer treatment.
Cancer treatment weakens your immune system and your body’s ability to fight infections and other diseases, which includes foodborne illnesses. Make sure you take the time to prepare your food properly and avoid foods that have a high risk of becoming tainted with bacteria.
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