Here's a list of things you can do to maintain a healthy lifestyle
Keep your weight healthy.
Losing even 5-10 pounds may have a negative effect on your health during treatment. Read our tips for maintaining a healthy weight, and ask your healthcare team for help or for a referral to a Registered Dietitian.
Aim for small, frequent meals throughout the day rather than three large meals.
Choose food, not a supplement.
The body works best when it gets nutrients from the food and drink we consume, not from vitamins and supplements.
Include fruits and vegetables.
These foods are full of antioxidants that help fight cancer and keep you healthy. Set a goal of 5 to 6 servings of whole fruits and vegetables each day.
Pick lean protein.
During and after treatment, you need extra protein to repair cells and tissues. Protein also aids in recovery and protection of the immune system. Plan to eat a lean protein at each meal and snack when possible.
Quench your thirst.
Drinking enough fluids helps prevent dehydration and digestive problems. Your body needs fluids to work at its peak. Reach for water, juices, milk, and nonalcoholic beverages. Choose decaffeinated drinks if dehydration or sleeping problems occur. Most adults need a minimum of 64 ounces of fluids daily, which can include soups, gelatin, ice cream, and smoothies. You may need to spread your fluid intake throughout the day if you are having urinary issues.
Help yourself to healthy fats.
Choose plant-based fats like olive oil, avocados, nuts, seeds, and unsaturated margarines and spreads.