We cancer patients are blessed with a whole team to help care for us, including a lovely dietician who provided me with a list of “super foods”, and even a bunch of delicious seaweed recipes when I told her the only time I’ve ever cooked with seaweed was to occasionally make sushi! It’s been a fun adventure searching for and trying new things! We’re enjoying new shapes and flavours of mushrooms, and taking the “rainbow” of food colours concept to whole new levels!
I’ve read a bit from cancer dieticians, and the potential health benefits of a variety of foods seem amazing! I am grateful for this information, and the opportunity to eat healthier!
Basically, I eat LOADS of veggies and fruit every day (sometimes in juice / smoothy form), along with three to four times as much protein as I used to eat (since I’m on chemo).
Here (in case you’re interested) is a list of “super foods” I posted on the side of the fridge to help keep me on track …
Cabbage Family (Crucifers): cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, curly kale, brussels sprouts, collard greens, watercress, turnip
Allium family: garlic, onions, leeks, shallots, chives
Tomatoes (especially cooked) – seems beneficial against prostate cancer, not so applicable to me personally!
Mushrooms: shitake, enokitake, boletes, cremini, maitake, Portobello
Seaweed: kombu, wakame, nori
Berries: wild blueberries, cranberries, blackberries, raspberries, strawberries, pomegranate, grapes
Citrus fruits & juices
Probiotics: yogurt (especially with lactobacilli & bifidobacteria), kefir (eat with prebiotics such as: onion, garlic, asparagus, banana, wheat.)
Meat & Alternatives:
Fatty fish: salmon, sardines, herring, rainbow trout, Atlantic mackerel, arctic char
Soy, beans, lentils
Nuts / Seeds: Ground flax seed, wheat germ, ground walnuts, almonds, brazil nuts
Oils: Olive, Canola, Flaxseed
Spices & herbs: turmeric, black pepper, ginger, mint, thyme, parsley, coriander, celery …
Tea: Japanese green
Red wine (I’m not drinking while on chemo, plus red wine gives me migraines)
Dark chocolate (70% +)