Nutrition

 

What you eat can impact how you feel

For people with cancer, eating well is critical. Doctors and researchers have found that patients who eat well during their treatments, especially those who eat diets high in protein and calories, are better able to withstand the side effects of their treatment.

That being said, we shouldn't expect what we eat to stop cancer. Although scientists are working hard to understand the chemical properties that make some foods healthier than others, the best thing to do is to keep your eye on the broader picture.

The following articles are intended to help you better understand the relationship between food and cancer.

Taste Test

Eating can be a major issue when you have cancer. Sometimes food doesn't taste good. Sometimes you’re simply not hungry. And, sometimes food makes you feel even sicker than before you ate. Registered dietitians at the U-M Cancer Center delivered a unique presentation to cancer care providers recently. In addition to offering valuable information on the importance of nutrition during cancer care, our dietitians let them taste for themselves the many different varieties of liquid nutritional supplements available to patients who don't feel much like eating.

Starts and Stops for 2014

It's 2014! Why not start the year with lifestyle changes to improve your health during and after cancer treatment? To keep it simple, we created a list: 5 habits to start and 4 to stop. Taking one change at a time will improve your odds for success. Give yourself a month for each goal to allow it to become a habit before trying the next on the list.

Fads Fade Fast But Healthy Eating Sticks

People look to food for all kinds of answers: to help them lose weight, to brighten their mood, to stop cancer. It's important to remember, though, that food is just that: food. It's not medicine, and although scientists are working hard to understand the chemical properties that make some foods healthier than others, the best thing to do is to keep your eye on the broader picture.

Separating Scams from Supplements

Boost your immune system! Re-Energize! The claims in the aisles of the healthfood store can get pretty lofty. All the bottles look the same, and they carry names that sound like comic book characters. But how do you know what all these pills can do for you? The bottom line is: You just don't know. That's why it's so important to talk to your doctor before taking any supplements.

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