Being diagnosed with cancer and the subsequent treatments can have a major impact on your appetite and sense of taste.

But you shouldn't have to compromise on flavour by settling for bland, boring foods. Instead, be a little more mindful about what you're consuming and play around with different types of food and beverage combinations to find what suits your mood and palate.

We asked our Brave Beauties to share with us the healthy habits they adopted to help them have a more pleasant and nutritious experience with food both during and after their cancer treatment. Here are their Top Five Tips For Healthy Eating During Chemotherapy.

1. Add natural flavours to water

It's not uncommon for water to become distasteful during treatment so try adding a natural flavour boost to your H2O with refreshing and fragrant ingredients such as mint, herbal tea and berries.

 
2. Eliminate junk

Ditch the junk food - no one needs empty calories, especially while fighting off impurities and disease. Our Brave Beauties also recommend steering clear of hot, spicy foods (think curries, cajun spices mixes and hot peppers), fatty fried foods and rich desserts. You'll only end up feeling lethargic, bloated and super grumpy afterwards!

 
3. Eat soft foods and try drinking protein shakes

Mouth sores and trouble swallowing are common side-effects of cancer treatment. Aim for soft foods and protein shakes to get maximum nutrients into your body. Some of our Brave Beauties favourites are pumpkin soup, yoghurt with stewed fruits and green smoothie with a scoop of protein powder.

 
4. Be mindful of citrus and acidic foods

Citrus and acidic foods such as tomato-based ingredients can cause discomfort if you develop mouth sores or an upset stomach during treatment. If you are not experiencing any of these symptoms then by all means you can try these foods, but in moderation and in conjunction with other ingredients.

 
5. Avoid alcohol

Avoiding alcohol is important as consuming it can interfere with the effectiveness of chemotherapy, not to mention how it can contribute to nausea and cause dehydration.
To stay hydrated, stick to fluids such as broths, naturally flavoured water and herbal tea.

Of course it is important to discuss which healthy eating tactics are right for you and therefore we strongly encourage you to talk with your health care professional about your specific medical condition and treatments. The information contained in this website is meant to be helpful and educational, but is not a substitute for medical advice.

Take care of you. xx

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