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Certain foods can help with nausea to help ensure intake when you don’t feel like eating. Following a diet high in insoluble fiber with adequate fluid intake can help manage constipation. Common side effects include nausea and vomiting from chemo. Radiation therapy, another common treatment, can cause diarrhea as the radiation is near the abdomen and effects the surrounding cells. If you have diarrhea certain foods can help thicken the stool and following a diet high insoluble fiber is also helpful. Constipation is another side effects, especially from pain meds.
This is a sample diet plan for about 1610 calories for patients suffering from Ovarian cancer. It provides 6 servings of grains; 5-6 servings of vegetables; 3 servings of fruits; 2 servings of dairy; 12 servings of protein and 3 servings healthy fats/oil. This calorie level is typically adequate for women who are lightly active and looking to lose weight. To reduce your risk of recurrence it is important to maintain a healthy weight a follow a diet plan low in saturated fat. Some studies show consuming soy products and green tea can also play a role in decreasing risk of ovarian cancer.
Two 5 inch Whole Wheat Pancakes
Topped with 1 Tbsp. Natural Peanut Butter and 1 Cup Sliced Strawberries
This meal has about 325 Calories and 11 g Protein.
Nutrition Fact: By topping your pancakes with peanut butter and strawberries instead of butter and syrup you will choosing healthy fats and a serving of fruit instead of saturated fats and empty calories. Making your own pancakes from whole wheat flour can increase fiber intake and beneficial B vitamins while limiting sodium and preservative intake as you typically get from boxed pancake mixes.
1 Cup Dry Roasted Edamame and 8oz Green Tea flavored with Lemon or Honey per preference
This snack has 190 Calories and 17 g Protein.
Nutrition Fact: Soy is an excellent source of plant based protein. It contains phytoestrogens which your body can use to help relieve the symptoms of menopause. Menopausal type symptoms can be a side effect of certain treatment options that occur for ovarian cancer patients. Some studies show drinking tea, especially green tea can reduce the risk of ovarian cancer.
1 Cup Carrot Ginger Soup- made with 3 lbs cooked and pureed Carrots, 5 ½ Cups Low Sodium Vegetable Broth, ½ tsp Ground Ginger, 1 ½ Cup Low Fat Milk and seasoned to taste with Garlic, Coriander, Allspice, and Fresh Mint
½ Cup Low Fat Cottage Cheese, 5 Whole Grain Crackers
Nutrition Fact: The ginger and the mint in the soup can help with nausea, which may be a side effect of chemotherapy. The bright, vibrant color from the carrots provides antioxidants useful in destroying free radicals and killing cancer cells. The low fat cottage cheese is an excellent source of lean protein. Protein helps your body heal, rebuilding tissue especially after surgery, another treatment and diet option for Ovarian Cancer.
1oz Almonds and 1 Light String Cheese
This snack has about 255 calories and 14 g Protein.
Nutrition Fact: Almonds and cheese are an excellent source of calcium. Calcium helps keep your bones strong. Osteoporosis, or thinning of the bones, can be a side of of treatment. Eating adequate amounts of calcium can help counteract this effect.
1 Cup Cashew Cheese Macaroni with Whole Wheat Noodles (see recipe below), 1 Cup Steamed Broccoli
For dessert have ½ Cup Unsweetened Applesauce spiced with Cinnamon or a Banana
This provides 610 Calories and 21 g Protein.
Nutrition Fact: If you are struggling with diarrhea opt for white noodles instead. The dark green color of the broccoli provide antioxidants to protect your body.