Holiday meals for cancer patients can be very challenging, especially if you are in treatment or are still having side effects from them. Even if I’m not in treatment right now I really have to pay attention because if I over eat I feel more short of breath and very uncomfortable. An article this morning showed up in my in-box on just this topic. What timing! It’s written by Jessica Iannotta. She goes into more detail but essentially her main point is to plan ahead- to make sure that your dietary needs are met. This means that if you go to someone’s home for a party or dinner bring what you need to eat if you have a restricted diet.
If you aren’t feeling well but need to eat then try and eat something that is colorful! It’s most likely tastier than plane looking food. When I was going through chemo I craved spicier food. It didn’t bother my stomach and made it so that I could taste something. But your story might be the opposite. Also if you need to eat before taking your medicine it doesn’t mean eating a full meal. A couple of crackers might just be enough. And take heed if you need a certain type of food to take with your medicines, or avoid with them.
I know that this might seem a bit daunting but if you are well enough to visit than do try and get out to be with family and friends if this is something that you want. If you can’t drive than ask someone to take you and bring you home if need be.
If you stay home then make sure that your pantry is well stocked and perhaps someone can make up some meals that all you have to do is heat up or defrost.
Above all have a safe and protected holiday and may next year be a better one!