There is no doubt in the world that undergoing cancer treatment is difficult. Chemotherapy and radiation can have many side effects, including weight loss, nausea, vomiting, taste changes, and loss of appetite, all of which can make it difficult to maintain your weight during cancer treatment. Preventing weight loss (or regaining any weight that has been lost) can be very important for keeping your strength up during treatment. Here are my three big tips for helping keep your weight up while you are undergoing cancer treatment:
Protein is so important for helping keep your muscles strong, and will help keep your blood sugar stable. Protein may not seem very appetizing at times, so keeping a few options around might make it more likely that you will eat it! Don’t be afraid to use protein drinks if it is easier to drink food that chew and swallow it. The amount of protein you need per day will vary per person, and your dietitian will be able to help you calculate your needs more specifically. Some good sources of protein are
Snacks are a great way to sneak in extra calories and protein if you need help maintaining or gaining weight. Some snacks to try include:
Another way to add extra calories and protein to meals is to fortify the foods that you are already eating. To increase the caloric value, and add more protein, here are some ways to fortify your foods
To learn more specifically how a dietitian can help you before, during and after cancer treatment, make an appointment with Klara by calling 301-474-2499 or clicking here.