Contribution- Jillian Makee “The Importance of eating healthy”

Readers!!! I have something new for you. I received an email from a reader asking to contribute to nutrition education. May I introduce miss Jillian Mckee. She is a BTK follower, who specializes in cancer outreach and education. She is dedicated to getting rich information out to anyone who wants to read. So, in an effort to lend a hand, here is some great information on how to eat healthy. Jillian wrote this particularly for those looking to change their lives (and diet) after a cancer diagnosis. However, this is also great advice on how to eat right for anyone.

Also, Jillian has her own blog (Here) Get to know her better!

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The Importance of Eating Healthy After a Cancer Diagnosis

A nutritious, well-balanced diet is essential for every individual, but wholesome eating is particularly important for anyone diagnosed with cancer. If you are struggling with this illness, you may benefit from changing your eating habits to maintain proper nutrition during cancer care. Regardless of whether you have just been diagnosed or you are in remission, you can take advantage of the positive effects healthy eating provides for cancer patients.

Eating foods low in saturated fats is especially important before, during and after cancer treatments. Additionally, if you are facing surgery, your physician may recommend a more heart-friendly diet. Enhance the health of your heart and improve the overall quality of your life by avoiding high-fat snacks and meals. Instead, opt for foods rich in various vitamins and minerals.

Food like: Vegetables, Fish, Lean meats, Fruits, Grains- Just be looking for “whole foods” rather than processed foods.
Some cancer medications and treatments can disrupt the digestive system. To combat this, you may want to increase your fiber intake. Fruits and vegetables high in fiber can regulate the digestive process and improve its function. Many high-fiber foods also have antioxidants that support the body’s cells. Adding more fiber to your diet may promote cell health and fight against disease.

Food like: Kale! and other greens, oranges, bananas, beets. High in fiber 
Not only does healthy eating improve heart health and promote proper digestion, it can boost the immune system. By following a safe and healthful diet plan, you may be able to fight infections more effectively. Your infection-fighting tissues and cells weaken from chemotherapy and the cancer itself. Eating right will encourage the rejuvenation of tissues. A nutritious diet will also help you stay strong as your cells break down.

Maintaining a balanced diet can fuel your body when you simply cannot eat. Many cancer patients lose their appetites because of chemotherapy and medications. Eating properly when possible will ensure that you are giving your body the sustenance it needs. You may lose weight during your treatment as well, so following a nutrient-rich diet will provide the necessary calories and proteins to maintain a healthy weight.

Regardless of the type of cancer you have, your body may weaken during treatment. Leukemia, sarcoma and mesothelioma side effects include loss of energy and chronic fatigue. While undergoing chemotherapy, you may feel stressed, tired and drained of physical and emotional energy. Eating whole grains can stabilize your blood sugar levels and improve your overall mood.

More on grains!
Whether you are in remission or going through cancer treatment, maintaining a healthy, nutrient-rich diet can improve your overall well-being. Your nutrition needs may be different than what you are used to, so you may need to make various adjustments to your diet. If you are unsure about what to eat, ask your physician for a food plan. By eating healthy, nourishing foods, you can keep your body strong during your battle with cancer.

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