Eating healthy and living well
When living with colorectal cancer, good nutrition is essential. Talk to your doctor about strategies that can help keep you eating healthy. He or she might recommend eating six small meals a day to help you maintain weight and balance your blood sugar. Your doctor might also mention incorporating more high-protein foods, like:
However, maintaining a nutritious diet can be difficult if you’re too tired to eat or having trouble keeping anything down. You may be experiencing side effects from treatment, like nausea or mouth sores, that also may cause you to lose your appetite.
You may be feeling frustrated. It can be hard to retrain your body to eat in this new way. And if you’ve had a colostomy, there may be some foods that you might need to limit—and some that might be helpful—in order to better manage your colostomy bag. Food you might need to limit include raw vegetables, fruit skins and peels, dairy products, high-fiber food, beans, peas, lentils, brown and wild rice, nuts and seeds, sweets, and high-fat and fried foods. Foods that can be helpful include cranberry juice, bananas, apple sauce, well-cooked sticky white rice, buttermilk, tapioca, and white toast. It’s important to listen to your body and communicate any changes in bowel habits (including diarrhea, constipation, bloating, and gas) to your healthcare team.
In addition to eating right, it’s important to keep balance in your life. Reducing stress can help you feel energized, so you can focus on the things that matter most. Stress-reducing activities include:
Yoga or meditation