4 Foods to Get You Through Radiation Therapy

4 Foods to Get You Through Radiation Therapy

By Breast Cancer Connect Staff Published at January 8 Views 4,749

Radiation therapy is an important way to kill any breast cancer cells that remain after surgery. But according to the Susan G. Komen organization, radiation treatments can take a toll on your body, leaving you weak or fatigued both during and after your treatment. Eating a nutritious diet is a good way to help fight this unwelcome side effect. These four foods may be especially well suited to help you preserve and restore your energy.

1. Chicken wraps
The American Cancer Association explains that breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy may have a poor appetite. Eating smaller meals more often throughout the day is a good way to get enough food. Eating plenty of protein is crucial for rebuilding body tissue, resisting infection, and regaining energy levels.

Chicken wraps provide an easy way to help meet these needs. First, grill or bake several chicken tenders on Sunday to last you for a few days. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, cooked chicken will safely keep about three to four days in the refrigerator. If you want to make more, they’re easy to freeze. Whenever you're ready for a protein-packed snack, just put a warmed or cold chicken tender in a tortilla; choose whole wheat to get that extra fiber. Add red pepper, lettuce, or other veggies, and enjoy!

2. Fruit salad
A healthy fruit salad is a great addition to your radiation therapy diet. As Reader's Digest explains, foods like strawberries, blueberries, and pineapple are perfect for fighting fatigue. The secret lies in their natural sugars that perk you up, and fiber that helps keep your blood sugar levels steady. Looking for a way to keep your brightly colored salad from turning brown? Simply squeeze a lemon over the top of the fresh-cut fruit. The citrus acid in lemon juice helps fruit keep looking fresh.

3. Sweet potato fries
If you crave something both sweet and salty, look no further than sweet potato fries. As Woman's Day explains, sweet potatoes' carbohydrates, vitamin A, and vitamin C make them an excellent source of energy. To make this snack, cut the potato into strips and lay them on a baking sheet. Coat them with olive oil and salt, and cook them in the oven until they're golden brown.

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Make some sweet potato fries for a warm, satisfying snack.

4. Treats
While good nutrition is crucial for staying energized and healthy during radiation therapy, you also have to care for your mental well-being. The challenges you're facing are tough and can bring down your spirits. So if you really want a brownie, then indulge yourself and have a brownie. Of course, eat treat foods in moderation, and be sure you mostly eat healthy dishes. Since radiation therapy can decrease your appetite, don’t let sweets and “junk” foods fill you up. Just know that there’s no need to completely deprive yourself of these small joys as you eat a balanced diet.

Always speak with your doctor before adjusting your diet. A healthcare professional can provide more ideas and insights about which foods are best for you during and after radiation therapy.

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