How do I prepare my body for chemotherapy?
When diagnosed with a dreadful disease, most people find it difficult to accept and don't know how to cope. It is not uncommon for people to switch to vegetarian or raw food diets after a diagnosis, but is it beneficial? Before beginning treatment, it is crucial to improve your nutritional status. Unless you have been adopting a vegetarian or raw food regimen for many years, ensuring a balanced dietary intake, a diet lacking eggs, dairy, fish, and meat can lead to inadequate protein intake, weight loss, reduced treatment efficacy, and impact on quality of life. Let's understand the general dietary guidelines before treatment.
Dietary Guidelines Before Treatment:
1. Whole grains and cereals: Choose white rice, brown rice, whole wheat bread, sweet potatoes, steamed pumpkin, noodles, etc., to obtain nutrients (such as B vitamins, vitamin E, minerals, and dietary fiber).
2. Beans, fish, eggs, and meat are our primary protein sources in daily life. For patients of all ages, it is recommended to prioritize protein intake in the following order: beans → fish and seafood → eggs → meat. Why are beans our top choice? Legume products, particularly soybeans, are rich in protein and contain less fat than meat. Animal fat mainly consists of saturated fatty acids; excess consumption can increase cardiovascular disease risk.
3. Vegetables: There is a wide variety of vegetables, rich in vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber, which help increase satiety, maintain gastrointestinal health, and aid in bowel movements. Vegetables can be categorized into leafy vegetables, cauliflower, bamboo shoots, mushrooms, melons, seaweed, etc. Seaweed, in particular, holds abundant nutritional value and is highly regarded by the Japanese as a top choice for maintaining good health.
4. Fruits: During cancer treatment, patients should consume fruits in a balanced manner, adjusting according to the individual's condition. For example, cancer patients with diabetes should choose fruits with a lower glycemic index and higher fiber content, such as apples and kiwis.
5. Dairy products: Cancer patients often have poor appetites. However, the healing of damaged cells and the functioning of the immune system are closely related to protein intake. The current dietary guidelines recommend consuming 2-3 cups of dairy products daily to ensure sufficient calcium and protein absorption. If you are not fond of milk, yogurt, cheese, and other dairy products are also excellent sources of nutrition for cancer patients.
6. Nuts and seeds: We recommend selecting nuts that undergo low-temperature roasting, minimal processing or are free from added flavors, such as walnuts, almonds, peanuts, and apricot kernels. Consuming them promptly and minimizing the intake of fried or stale nuts is recommended.