Following a breast cancer diagnosis one of the first things we think about is what should and shouldn’t I be eating? Should I go organic? What about when I don’t feel like eating anything? Should I focus on super foods?
There are so many questions....but even more answers! Our lives are overrun with information on the latest diets and nutrition information - it can be overwhelming.
So recently I spoke with Accredited Practicing Dietician and oncology nutrition expert Emma Slee who provided us with the answers to these questions, in simple and easy to understand terms. And here they are.
First and foremost…..just keep eating. Your body needs food for fuel. Go for what you feel like, and what you can get down! Then focus on a good well-balanced diet.
With regards to diet.....don't follow a diet! The BEST thing you can do is to focus on the Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. That includes:
Pretty easy right? And to break it down even further, here's what a typical day might look like following these guidelines:
2/3 cup cereal or 1/4 cup muesli or 2 Weetabix with a cup of milk or 200ml yoghurt and a slice of toast
3 x crispbreads with some avocado, cucumber and tomato
Meat and salad sandwich (65grams meat, slice of cheese, plenty of salad on two slices of bread)
Handful of dried fruit and nuts
1/2 chicken breast or piece of fish with 1/2 cup rice or pasta, a small potato, and a cup of vegetables
1/2 cup tinned fruit and some yoghurt
But wait.....where's the chocolate?! Emma provides a few more tips that can help us along the way:
It's ok to avoid some foods, as long as you’re adequately replacing them with something high in nutrients, and from that food group.
Fats and oils can be added or left out depending on how your weight is progressing. To put on weight, add some fats and oils, to lose weight, be conscious of the amounts of fats and oils you are consuming.
If you're going to have those ‘extras’ (like chocolate!) keep them as a treat food and make them good quality.
So that's it. Nice and simple. There are no miracle foods or diets that will cure cancer, however good nutrition will help support your body during cancer treatment and recovery.
LISTEN: Want to learn more? Check out The Pink Movement Podcast Episode 15 with Emma Slee, where she shares more on the nutrition side of things following a breast cancer diagnosis.