Thursday, January 31, 2008

Extra Calories When Fighting For Cancer

When you have cancer and are going through treatments, your body may need more calories. Carbohydrates and fats can give your body the extra calories it needs. Sources of carbohydrates include fruit, vegetables, breads, pasta, grains and cereal products, dried beans, peas and lentils. Sources of fats include butter, margarine, oils, nuts, seeds, and the fat in meats, fish, poultry and dairy products.

You may be surprised to be told to eat foods that are high in fat when you have probably learned that a diet low in fat is better for your overall health. But when you are fighting cancer, you will need the extra calories and nutrients to keep you going before, during and after treatment. Carbohydrates and fats can also help you maintain your weight or gain weight if needed.
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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Nutrition Needs When You Have Cancer

Cancer and it's treatment can change your eating habits, especially if you have side effects. It may be difficult to eat the way you usually do. You may not be able to tolerate certain foods and your body's ability to use the nutrients in foods may be affected. Your healthcare team may also tell you to avoid eating certain foods if they interfere with your treatment.

Remember that a common sense approach is best. There may be times when you simply don't like eating. But it is important to try to eat small amounts whenever you can.
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Saturday, January 12, 2008

Good Nutrition For People with Cancer

Goog Nutrition means cutting a variety of foods. When you eat a well-balanced diet, your body gets the nutients it needs tp rpovide energy, help healinh and promote overall health. Nutients include protein, carbohydrates (starches and sugars), fat, water, vitamins and minerals.

Good nutrition is especially important for people with cancer. No single food can provide all the nutients your body needs, so it is important to eat many different types of food. Following Canadas Food Guide to Healthy Eating can help you get the good nutrition you need;

Eat a balanced diet can help you;
  • feel better
  • improve and maintain your streght and energy
  • stay at a healthy weight
  • keep good supply of nutients in your body
  • manage the side effects of your treatment
  • decrease your risk of infection
  • heal and recover faster

The nutritional needs of people with cancer are different for each person. Your healthcare team, including a registered dietitian, can tell you what your needs will be

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Sunday, January 6, 2008

Get Active Your Way, Everyday- For Life

Scientist say accumulate 60 minutes of physical activity everday to stay healthy or improve your health. As you progress to moderate activities you can cut down to 30 minutes, 4 days a week. Add-up your activities in periods of at least 10 minutes each day. Start Slowly... and build up.

Time needed depends on effort
Very Light Effort;
  • Strolling
  • Dusting

Light Effort (60 minutes);

  • Light walking
  • Volleyball
  • Easy gardening
  • Stretching

Moderate Effort (30-60 minute);

  • Brisk walking
  • Biking
  • Raking leaves
  • Swimming
  • Dancing
  • Water aerobics

Vigorous Effortt (20-30 minutes);

  • Aerobics
  • Jogging
  • Hockey
  • Basketball
  • Fast Swimming
  • Fast dancing

Maximum Effort;

  • Sprinting
  • Racing

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