ARTICLES / General /
Tackling Cancer & Weight Loss/
By Hilary Wright, Staff Writer
Add extra ice cream to milkshakes.
Add small pieces of meat, fish or
poultry to soups and to vegetable, noodle
and rice casseroles.
Add grated cheese to cream sauces,
casseroles, or vegetables.
Melt sliced cheese over hot apple pie.
Combine cottage cheese and cream cheese
Use cream cheese and margarine on hot
bread or rolls.
Blend finely chopped hard-boiled eggs
into sauces, gravies, chopped meats, or
salad dressings or sprinkle over salads.
Loss of Appetite
Sometimes medical treatments and therapies can
cause a decrease in appetite. Here are some ways
that caregivers can help make favorite dishes
Try seasonings such as lemon juice, mint,
basil and other herbs and spices to perk up the
taste and smell of food.
Add sugar and salt to foods, if intake is
Serve food attractively and in a pleasing
Vary the colors of foods on the plate and
use garnishes such as lemon or lime wedges.
Colorful place settings and soft background
music can help make mealtimes more enjoyable,
Use a therapeutic nutritional beverage such
to help reverse the metabolic changes that can
Walk the dog or take an early-evening stroll
Light exercise may help stimulate the
Plan the biggest meal of the day when a
person with cancer is most hungry, even if
thatís early in the day.
Serve foods a loved one enjoys whenever they
feel like eating, even if itís not a usual meal
Overcoming Vomiting and Nausea
If a person with cancer is vomiting, has nausea,
or feels too full to eat, try these tips:
Drink liquids an hour before or after
eating to keep from filling up quickly during
Eat high-carbohydrate foods such as crackers and
toast if troubled by nausea. They move through
the stomach quickly and may be particularly
helpful if eaten first thing in the morning.
- Eat slowly and chew food thoroughly.