1) The Importance of Eating the Right Food
Adopting a cancer diet is just as important as the cancer treatment. This is particularly true in the context of alternative treatments. Eating right helps in the effectiveness of treatment. Inversely, eating the wrong foods can negatively impact the effects of treatment. If your diet is not helping in fighting cancer, it is likely contributing to its aggravation or is counteracting with the medication or treatment you are undergoing.
It’s not necessary to make drastic changes in a cancer diet unless what you have been accustomed to eating are patently unhealthy. The foods recommended can be classified into two: before treatment and during treatment diets.
Before undergoing treatment, you just have to focus on supporting your immune system and eating healthy foods that can help your body build resistance. Just strive for a balanced diet. Avoid or minimize your consumption of oil and get healthy foods like fruits, vegetables, yogurt, and whole grains. Go for foods that don’t require cooking or only take a short time to cook.
Cancer Diet Study by Dr. Silvia Franceschi
John Hopkins Breast Center’s website mentioned about research done by Italian research team led by Dr. Silvia Franceschi of the Centro di Riferimento Oncologico in Aviano. Researchers compared the diets of 4,522 patients with breast, colon or rectal cancer with 5,155 healthy control participants. They found that those who consumed the highest amount of raw vegetables—about 12 servings per week—had a 15 percent reduction in breast cancer risk, a 26 percent risk reduction for colon cancer, and a 16 percent risk reduction for rectal cancer when compared with those who consumed only 4 servings of raw vegetables per week. Their study was published in the journal Epidemiology. Those numbers are impressive cancer risk reduction. Let’s find a good flavorful olive oil and make a simple but tasty dressing!
3) Try and Avoid These Foods
Before and during treatment, you have to avoid consuming undercooked or raw meat. You also have to shun away from processed food products, greasy food, spicy foods, high-fat dishes, crackers, and the usual unhealthy store-bought snacks. If you already start experiencing loss of appetite, try your best to eat or use meal replacement beverages. If eating is already becoming a struggle, force yourself to eat small servings of healthy food five or six times a day. Never let your stomach be empty.
4) Customize Your Own Diet Plan
You may have encountered so-called special cancer diet plans that tout a multitude of benefits. You should know, though, that there’s no specific diet plan that guarantees the best results for every cancer case. It’s still all about how your body reacts to what you eat and the treatment you go through. Just aim for a balanced diet, consider the points mentioned above, and do tweaks with your diet plan that allow you to get adequate nourishment and keep you happy and satisfied.