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I am on my Chemotherapy, what foods rich in protein should i take?


Posted by leticia

I am on my Chemotherapy, what foods rich in protein should i take?
 
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Hi leticia! It's great that you are thinking about your diet during chemo.  What you eat can be as important to your "feeling good during treatment" as your meds.

Food in general should be very gentle on your system right now.  Try to avoid raw foods and foods hard to digest (red meat, raw veggies). You body needs all its energy to keep you immune system at the highest level.  Spending enegery on digestion and breakdown will mean less to keep you feeling well.  Cooked veggies, soups and stews are great right now.  You have to help the chemo kill the bad stuff while preserving your immunity.

Good sources of protein at this time are beans and bean soups (black, kidney etc) nut butters (peanut is OK, but almond is better as it offers more nutients) if you eat meat, try to avoid red meat as it is the hardest for you to digest.   Mild white fish like tilapia is a good choice if it's baked not fried. 

A great start to your morning could be a smoothie:

4 or 5 frozen strawberries or 1/2 cup frozen blueberries

1 c almond milk (more to get the desired consistency)

2 tbs nut butter

handfull of nuts (about 1/8-1/4 cup) almonds, pine nuts, walnuts

1 tbs honey

1/2 banana

Blend well.  This shake offers 15 - 18g of protein!

Tumors love sugar, so try to limit that as well.

Good luck! Let us know how you do with chemo!

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