There are four keys to a healthier diet:
Remove White Food from Your Diet
White food tends to be processed food, low in nutrients and high in sugar. White rice and bread are white food. White bread is probably the easiest item to immediately identify and eliminate. But don’t take all bread from your diet – grains can be an important source of fiber, selenium and vitamins B and E. Try different wheat breads to see which you like best.
Select Vegetables and Fruits with Vivid Colors
The more intense the color of a fruit or vegetable, the higher the nutritional content is. Choose dark leafy greens, peas, edamame or spinach for vitamins B and C, iron, protein and fiber. Don’t shy away from canned vegetables, especially if they make your life easier right now. Frozen fruits and vegetables are also a healthy alternative. Try the “3-colors-a-day” trick as an easy way of ensuring fruits and vegetables make it to your menu. For example, blueberries (1) with breakfast, dark leafy lettuce (2) on your sandwich at lunch, red peppers (3) with chicken at dinner. How many colors did you eat today?
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Nutritionists aren’t kidding when they tell us our bodies need at least 8 glasses of fluid a day. During chemotherapy, additional fluids are needed to replace fluid lost through treatment side effects. The weight gain and puffiness caused by steroids might tempt you to skimp on your water. Don’t – avoiding water now will only worsen the side effects.
Eat Healthy Fat
Healthy fat, like Omega-3, may increase the activity of the immune system’s natural killer cells. Flaxseed is the richest plant source of these healthy Omega 3 fats. Oily fish, such as lake trout, herring and sardines, as well as canola and walnut oil are all excellent sources of Omega-3 fats.