New Cookbook Helps Patients Find Their Appetites

by: cancercompass

When going through a cancer treatment, probably the last thing on your mind is staying nourished. Chemotherapy and radiation treatments can make you feel sick or nauseated, and thus eating a healthy meal is placed on the backburner on the list of things that you need to be doing. That’s why the dieticians and nutritionists at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) have created a handy new cookbook: “Wholesome Temptation: Nutrition Tips and Recipes.”

You may not realize it, but good nutrition is an extremely important part of your cancer treatment process. Eating the right foods can be essential in helping to keep you strong while you are receiving cancer treatment, and can help to ensure your treatment goes uninterrupted.

According to the National Cancer Institute, about one-third of all cancer deaths are related to malnutrition. Therefore, it is important to give your body a constant supply of nutrients to use as fuel during the healing process. Unfortunately, this might be easier said than done. 

To help patients in their quest for healthy nourishment, CTCA released a brand-new cookbook designed for cancer patients and their caregivers. The book forcuses on recipes that are just plain healthy, as well as recipes that will help with problems such as nausea and taste changes. “Wholesome Temptation: Nutrition Tips and Recipes” came directly from the CTCA staff and dietitians, who have had the chance to test these recipes on actual patients to see what works and what doesn’t. Across the board, however, each recipe is filled with the nutrients that cancer patients need to stay as strong and healthy as possible during - and after - the treatment process.

The cookbook’s 159 recipes are divided into eight different sections targeting specific areas for patients who just want to focus on eating healthy, in addition to patients who are suffering from appetite aversion. One section has recipes for nauseated people, while another focuses on foods with antioxidants, to name a few. A recent article from The Chicago Sun Times focuses on the new book, as well as one of its authors, registered dietitian Kristen Trukova of Grayslake, Ill.

To learn more about the Wholesome Temptation Cookbook, or to buy a copy, click here.

If you have found tasty, healthy recipes that have worked during treatment, or tried any of the recipes from this new cookbook, let us know in the comments!