Depending on the area of your body being targeted by radiation therapy, it may cause you to have an upset stomach, diarrhea, or vomiting. If you are getting radiation on your stomach, bowels, chest, or throat, you may experience all of these side effects which can make you lose a lot of weight. To ensure that your body is getting enough nutrients and vitamins during your radiation therapy, it’s important that you are eating enough calories. Use these tips to ensure that your body is getting the fuel it needs during radiation. Read on to learn more.
Avoid Low Fat or Fat-Free
Before radiation, you may have avoided fat dense foods at all costs. However, now more than ever, your body needs that fat so that you don’t lose too much weight. Rather than buying low fat or fat-free cheeses, milk, meats, and other products, make sure to buy foods that contain a normal amount of healthy fat.
Try Cream Cheese
If you’re looking for a yummy way to add a little bit more calories to your food without adding greasy fat, try cream cheese. Cream cheese is a lean fat that you can add to things such as toast, bagels, or even vegetables to help add more calories into your diet. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it’s delicious!
If you have a hard time waking up in the morning and eating a big meal, try getting your calories worth out of an instant breakfast shake. Packed with vitamins, minerals, and even some extra calories, instant breakfast shakes are easy to digest but will give you the boost you need to get your day going.
Radiation can be hard on your stomach if you are having it done on certain parts of your body. To ensure that you aren’t losing too much weight while undergoing radiation, try using the above tips to add more calories to your diet. To learn more about radiation therapy or to schedule an appointment, contact UTMB Radiology today!