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Cancer Patients Can Plan Nutritious Meals to Gain More Physical Endurance: A Guest Post by Jillian McKee
June 20, 2012
Jillian McKee has worked as the Complimentary Medicine Advocate with the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance since June 2009. She spends most of her time on outreach efforts and spreading information about the integration of complementary and alternative medicine when used in conjunction with traditional cancer treatment. Here, she discusses the benefits of eating healthily during and after a diagnosis of any kind of cancer.
“People, who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, or other forms of cancer, often have a difficult road ahead of them as they begin rounds of treatment and possible surgeries. The side effects of cancer can make a person feel sick to his or her stomach, create headaches, zap a person of energy and strength, and also often cause rapid mood swings. In addition to dealing with these side effects, the physical pain, and anxiety, cancer patients often have numerous side effects as a result of the actual treatments.
Each of these things play a role in depleting a person of energy and this can be dangerous to an individual who needs extra strength to make it through surgeries, or radiation and chemotherapy treatments. There have been many documented cases that prove that cancer patients can potentially benefit from changing unhealthy diets to healthy diets.
Healthy meals and snacks that are rich in berries, citrus fruits, melons, dairy products, and green vegetables and squashes make a big difference in how a person feels and how much endurance a person has each day. In many cases, healthy foods replace damaged tissues in the body and cause a person’s body to operate and function with more efficiency. In the least, transforming a mediocre daily diet to one that is loaded with foods high in vitamins, calcium, and nutrients will give a person much-needed energy and physical motivation. This also works to restore positive moods, self-esteem, and an overall positive outlook.
The amount of benefits the person receives will be dependent upon how much of a dietary change the person makes and how the person’s body responds to the change in eating habits. Creating and planning nutritious meals will provide a person with the resources needed to be successful each day in meeting a nutritious goal.
Because it can be very easy to veer away from eating whole and organic foods that are healthy, writing down menus and recording what is eaten each day will provide a person with a better ability to track progress. Writing down menus and carefully planning snacks also makes it easier for a person to stick to a weekly nutrition plan until the plan becomes a habit.
When a person records what he or she eats each day, the individual will be able to see which time of the day he or she is most tempted to stray from the meal plan and which foods make them feel the best after eating them. Knowing this information will provide knowledge for creating an effective nutritious plan for the long-term.”