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Women who have had breast cancer should choose a diet that is low in fat to lower the risk of other cancers. Good nutrition is associated with a better chance of recovery from cancer. After breast cancer surgery your body needs more than its usual supply of protein to repair cells, fight infection and heal incisions. And so, eating a well-balanced diet before, during, and after cancer treatment can help you feel better, maintain your strength, and speed your recovery.
Fresh fruits and vegetables: Eating fruits and vegetables provide carbohydrates for energy which can help prevent fatigue during recovery. Incorporate fruits and vegetables of all different colors to your daily diet. This ensures that you are getting a variety of cancer fighting phytonutrients with vitamins and minerals necessary to promote healing, like Vitamin C.
Lean proteins: Lean proteins like beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, fish, poultry, eggs and low-fat dairy, can help cells repair and heal without adding unhealthy saturated fat. Lean protein includes low fat dairy, poultry, eggs, cheese, fish and beans. Nuts are also a good choice and can provide additional vitamins or minerals needed for wound healing.
Include whole grain foods. Whole grain foods provide a good source of carbohydrate and fiber, which help keep your energy levels up. Good sources of whole grain foods include: Oatmeal, Whole wheat breads, Brown rice, Whole grain pastas. Whole grains such as brown rice and oatmeal provide zinc an important mineral for healing.
Use non-fat dairy products: Estrogen in the fat of dairy products may fuel cancers that are hormone related, including cancers of the breast. High-fat dairy includes whole milk, cream and anything made with them, such as cheese and ice cream.
Eat Soy: Soy contains isoflavones, a type of plant estrogen, and may reduce the risk of breast cancer or the risk of recurrence in cancer survivors.
Avoid fatty, fried, spicy and sweet foods: Digestion and intestinal function may be severely compromised, avoid foods that are difficult to digest even under normal circumstances.
Antioxidants: They protect your cells and lower your risk of cancers. They are found in most foods like apples, avocado, blueberries, broccoli, cinnamon, kidney beans, lentils, mustard, oranges.
Keep yourself hydrated: Take fluids like mineral water, fresh juices, herbal tea regularly. Drinking enough fluids during cancer treatment is important for preventing dehydration. Aim to drink 64 ounces of fluid daily. Avoid drinking large amounts of caffeinated beverages. Too much caffeine can lead to dehydration.
Regain control over your body and mind with exercise. Post breast surgery, the body is weak and lethargic and the morale down. Perk up your mood and body with exercise which is seen to keep away side-effects, anxiety and depression away.
Eat well, Don’t give up and Stay Positive!