Mac and cheese? Plain pasta? M & M’s? I’d love to create a list of tips based on what you did and didn’t want to eat during cancer treatment and why. The why part is particularly interesting because it may help other young adult cancer patients (and older patients too!) figure out what to eat while they’re addressing similar food challenges.
I recently read a smart theory from cookbook author Rebecca Katz. When your taste buds are whacked from treatment you can balance the taste of your food by adjusting these ingredients: Fat, Acid, Salty, Sweet (FASS). She recommends if food is tasting like cardboard add a pinch of sea salt or a squeeze of lemon. After all, tortilla chips are just cardboard with a pinch of salt and squeeze of lime, and I can eat a whole bag in one sitting.
Here’s my cancer treatment and food low down:
Treatment: Radioactive Iodine Treatment – low iodine diet
Favorite Food: Low-iodine homemade bread, avocado, no-iodine salt, lime
Why: My energy was low and this took so little effort to make. (Thanks to my friend Sean Feit who baked and delivered iodine free bread to my apartment regularly!) I could also toss bread slices, an avocado, knife, salt and lime in my bag and have food on the go. Sounds like a pain in the ass to lug around but it beats starving. Plus, on the ultra-restrictive low-iodine diet, avocados were one of the few veggies (okay they’re a fruit) that were filling and put some meat on my bones! I also recommend eating it on a pretty blue plate – it looks fantastic against the avocado and you can trick yourself into thinking you are eating a gourmet meal.
Leave a comment with your type of treatment, what foods you liked to eat, and why they worked for you. Let’s get 25 responses so that these comments can serve as a mini-food guide for others going through treatment.
I’m a total cookbook slut and adore Rebecca’s new book ‘The Cancer Fighting Kitchen’. Gorgeous photos, great recipes, super practical info. Nominated for a cookbook award among the ranks of general cookbooks by authors like the food editor of Martha Stewart Living, Vote for it here!