February 19, 2023

Grocery Shopping and Cancer

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Are you seeing double from treatment, immobile from surgery, or too fatigued to drive to the store for groceries but tired of asking your friends for favors? Learn how to make your food last longer so that you can make fewer trips to the grocery store. M. O’Connor, a commenter on a New York Times foodie blog offers the following tips, which I have adapted slightly.

1. Buy meat in quantity and pop into the freezer upon unpacking

2. Lettuce: Buy heads not bags, store with bottom end in a bit of water

3. Keep bags of frozen vegetables on hand (healthier than canned)

4. Rice, most dried beans, and pastas keep for ages on the shelf

5. Dried fruits have long shelf-lives, as do most nuts

6. Potatoes, onions, and apples last a while, store in a cool, dry place

7. Wrap hard cheeses in waxed paper followed by aluminum foil

8. Eggs last far longer than the date on the box,purchase many cartons
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9. Use canned or powdered milk for baking; eat oatmeal for breakfast

10. Keep butter and bread in the freezer, defrosting as needed

This list contains some pitfalls for young adult cancer patients: you have to be able to afford to buy in quantity, have a large enough freezer, and if you are trying to eat organic or preservative free, your food will perish much faster than conventional food.

Have you needed others to do your groceries while you were sick? What made it go smoothly or not? What is the nastiest thing someone bought you when they did your shopping? (Mine was cozy shack pudding, which I ended up liking!) Have you ever gone without food because you couldn’t make it to the store?

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  1. HollyAnna Pinkham Says:
    February 20th, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    I have discovered freezing fresh fruit and sub’ing it for popsicles is healthier and tastier!! I literally survive currently on frozen blueberries, huckleberries, pomagranate (sp?), blackcaps and chokecherries oh and black grapes… it gives your energy and in small enough qty that its edible. I have noooo appetite right now so, basically force feeding myself to keep energy.

  2. Aftercancer Says:
    February 20th, 2009 at 9:19 PM

    That’s not a problem I ran into much. Before I had my first child though I did a lot of pre-cooking and packed things in plastic bags so that my husband could cook or so that when I was exhausted I had a reference. I love the idea of freezing the fruit for popsicles, thanks Holly

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