Some more summery and light bites for those struggling with food smells and big meals etc.

I have a saying when I meet potential new clients and that is that there's no 'one-size-fits-all' with weight loss; with recommended exercise or with general nutrition. It definitely follows that there is no 'one-size-fits-all' diet strategy for battling cancer, mainly because cancers behave differently and because people respond uniquely to cancer and cancer treatments.

I had been active and at my slimmest for probably 10 years when I had my year of treatment and gained weight during that time. However, for many, eating enough is more of a problem. This may be due to side effects of the treatment, such as nausea, mouth ulcers, fatigue or as a result of the cancer itself.

I remember my Mum's mouth being so sore that it was simply too much effort. Then she would crave chicken Korma for a fortnight then not even bear the smell of it the next week!

So the advice I can give is to eat little and often - most digestive systems work better this way. It avoids the peaks and troughs that come with having a big meal after a long break. Most of us suffer with tiredness and fatigue as it is during our cancer treatment, without bouts of hypoglycemia!

My second tip is to cook/prepare a batch of small items (or even better if you're not feeling up to it - give some kind person the job of making it at their house and bringing it round - no cooking smells!). Then you can keep these tasty bites in the fridge or larder for whenever you are peckish.

My third piece of advice is to 'up' the plant based food items and cut right back on refined and processed foods and sugar....even if you are trying to gain weight.

If you drink plenty of water, eat little portions of the following type of foods (plant based protein), plus fruit, nuts and seeds  - it won't matter if you can't face a 'proper' meal.

Here are a couple of ideas....

You can't beat spinach for its nutritional value

Eggs are a fab source of protein

If you have a sweet tooth but want to avoid sugar, medjool dates are amazing!

Almonds are one of the most beneficial nuts you can eat

And chia seeds are packed with protein

Mini Frittatas with Spinach and Red Pepper

Ingredients:  makes 12

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

  • 1/2 red pepper, diced small

  • 1/2 small onion, diced small

  • about 3 cups loosely packed spinach, roughly chopped

  • 6 large or 7 medium free range eggs

  • small handful shredded cheddar cheese /cubed feta

  • sea salt and black pepper to taste

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 deg C. Grease or spray tin for 12 muffins.

  2. In a frying pan, heat the olive oil and saute the peppers and onions.

  3. When softened, throw in the spinach, literally for less than 1 minute to wilt it. Remove from the heat!

  4. Meanwhile in a large bowl mix the eggs, cheese, salt and pepper

  5. Pour egg mixture into prepared muffin tin so that each one is about 1/2 to 2/3 full. Add sauteed vegetables evenly to each of the 12 'muffins'.

  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until puffed up and golden brown. Leave in muffin tin for about 5 minutes before removing and serving.

Protein Balls with very beneficial almonds, coconut and chia seeds - freeze nicely!

Ingredients

  • 12 Medjool dates

  •  1 cup almond meal

  •  1/2 cup shredded coconut, plus 1/3 cup extra for rolling

  •  1/3 cup coconut oil

  •  1/3 cup cacao powder

  •  1 tablespoon chia seed

Method:

  1. Place dates in a medium bowl and cover with water. Stand for 1 hour. Drain and discard seeds.

  2. Process dates, almond meal, shredded coconut, coconut oil, cacao powder and chia seeds until mixture comes together. Transfer to a bowl and stand for 20 minutes for chia seeds to soften.

  3. Place remaining coconut in a shallow dish.

  4. Roll level tablespoons of mixture into balls. Roll in coconut to coat.

  5. Keep a few in the fridge and pop the rest in a container in the freezer!

Enjoy!

Nic x

 

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