Shopping for food during radiation therapy treatment
The right grocery shopping list is the first step towards a healthy diet. Going to the store with a list will make your trip more efficient and help you avoid buying unnecessary items.
What to do
- Choose foods high in protein such as dried beans, poultry, eggs, peanut butter, milk, cheese and yogurt
- Choose soft, bland foods that are easy to chew and swallow (such as pasta, cooked cereals, mashed potatoes, yogurt, cottage cheese, scrambled eggs, pudding, or tapioca)
- Chop foods or puree them in the blender
- Serve foods cold or at room temperature, as they may be more soothing to your mouth
- Add ice cubes to drinks or fruit to make an ice Slushee. Try frozen fruits or Popsicles.
- Moisten dry foods with soup, sauces, gravies or margarine. Add cheese sauce or a cream sauce to your meat and vegetables
- Dip foods in whatever you are drinking
- Follow proper mouth care. Keep your mouth and gums clean to prevent infections
What to avoid
- Very hot foods
- Acidic foods (oranges, lemons, grapefruits or tomatoes)
- Fruit juices
- Alcoholic beverages
- Dry or hard foods
- Spicy or very salty foods
Recommended shopping list
Try to incorporate these items into your weekly meals. Bring this list on your next grocery shopping trip: HealthyFoods_ShoppingList
How to read a food label
The food label is a useful tool to help you make smart choices about the food you eat.
Serving size and Servings per Container. Pay attention to the number of servings in the container and how large a portion you are eating.
Calories are listed per serving. For example, if you serve yourself a portion that is twice as much as the serving size, you will be eating twice as many calories as are listed on the label. This section can help manage your weight- whether you want to gain, lose or maintain weight.
Fat, cholesterol and sodium: Limit fat (especially saturated fat and trans fat), cholesterol and sodium as part of an overall healthy diet. Choose foods that are low in these nutrients.
Fiber, Calcium, Vitamin C, Vitamin A and Iron: Get enough of these to help maintain overall health and reduce the risk of certain conditions.
The Footnote discusses the Daily Value (DV), which is based on recommendations for a healthy person consuming either a 2,000 or 2,500 calorie diet. You will see specific fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrate and fiber goals under each calorie level.
The Percent Daily Value (%DV) is based on Daily Value recommendations for a 2,000 calorie diet. You can use this number to help determine whether a food is high or low in a certain nutrient even if you do not follow a 2,000 calorie diet. Use this general guide:
A food that meets 5% DV or less is low for all nutrients. (For example, if a food meets 4% DV for fat, it is low in fat).
A food that meets 20% DV or more is high for all nutrients. (For example, if a food meets 25% DV for fiber, it is high in fiber).