feeling special at Shemrock Galaxy.I was Chief Guest (Nutritionist) in Shemrock Galaxy School,Noida to provide knowledge on Child care and about kid's food i.e. which food is better in terms of nutrition for kids.
Nutrition Tips for Cancer Patients 03 May 2017
Eating well can be a challenging during cancer treatment. Here's help making dietary choices to help you feel strong and healthy during this time.
If you're undergoing or recovering from cancer therapy, you may be faced with gastrointestinal symptoms that lead to a loss of appetite and weight, including bloating, diarrhea, nausea and constipation. Luckily, you can do things to alleviate these symptoms and get back to feeling your best.
Food is essential for survival', goes the cliche. For cancer patients in particular this line holds special significance, and yet many patients complain of a loss of appetite. Several studies have established the importance of a proper diet during cancer treatment as during cancer treatment along with the cancerous cells, healthy cells get killed too. That needs to be replaced through the intake of adequate nutrition. Diet maintenance combats weight loss and accelerates organ healing during cancer treatment, thus improving the effectiveness of the patients' treatment and successful recovery.
Nutrients can be broken down into two major portions: nutrients essential for growth, like proteins and vitamins, and those providing calories, like carbohydrates and lipids.
Ideally protein requirement for patients under cancer treatment is somewhere around 1gm/kg to 2gm/kg depending upon the stage of disease and strength of treatment whereas calorific requirement is determined to be around 2000 kCal/day. These nutrients are required not just for creating healthy tissues; they also repair the damage caused due to the medication.
For combating weight loss associated with the treatment, patients are recommended to add oil, butter and milk to their food to increase its calorific value.
Lean meat and fish are also recommended over red meat and processed meats for better nutritional values.
However, if you have a tender stomach, keep away from foods with grease and strong odours. In such cases it is advisable to opt for bland items like bananas, rice and apples.
Nutrient rich, high calorie food like avocados, whole grain breads, pudding, cooked cereals, beans and nuts are especially helpful in recuperating from the effect of treatment, whereas including vegetable and fruits in the diet augments the vitamin and fibre intake, leading to better digestion of food and a more complete absorption of the nutrients. Instead of three large meals during the day, plan five or six small meals at specific times over the course of the day even if you are not feeling hungry enough to ensure the intake of necessary nutrition.
Often during the course of treatment, patients feel nauseous and frequently vomit. Water and fluid intake is required to replace the loss of fluids and prevent constipation, and it is advisable for the patients to take 8 to 12 glasses of fluids every day to prevent dehydration.
Fruit and vegetable shakes and juices help in maintaining body fluid levels and provide the necessary nutrients, and soft foods like milk, yogurt shakes and soups are also helpful in case the patient has problems ingesting solid food.
In addition to dietary intake, food safety is important as well, as sometimes the treatment can weaken the immune system leaving you susceptible to germs. Make sure any meat that you eat is well cooked, and a separate cutting board is used for raw fish, meat or poultry which should be washed thoroughly after every use.
Fruits and vegetables must be rinsed thoroughly, even if the outsides are non-edible. Perishable food items are to be refrigerated until use, and the expiration date must be checked on all items to avoid food spoilage. All these measures ensure that not only do you get the required nutritional value essential for your treatment, but do so without any risk of contamination
To summarise, a major factor for effective cancer treatment is the successful implementation of the diet plan. Healthy eating habits are the key towards successful recovery -- at hygienic food, take lots of fluid, and maintain the nutrition levels. In your bid for a quicker, more complete recovery, food is definitely the way to go!
NAVRATRI TIPS 13 October 2018 The festivities of Navratri began from 10th October onwards. Along with the fun and frolic of garba, it also brings along the nine-day fasting routine. In order to maintain good health, it is imperative that you should follow a healthy diet and fast in a safe manner. Dietitian KAMINI shells out some tips and a diet plan for healthy fasting this Navratri.
Is fasting healthy?
Many may wonder if going on a nine-day fast is indeed healthy for our body. According to Dt. KAMINI it is an extremely healthy practice as long as you don’t starve yourself. Fasting helps you cleanse and detoxify your body and mind. All you need to do is fast in the correct manner by eating small meals frequently and then eating your main meal at night.
Healthy Navratri diet plan
Start your day with a cup of green tea and two dates
For breakfast, eat fruits, nuts and raisins
Have milkshake/ kheer/ coconut water around noon
For lunch, opt for sabudana khichdi/ Kuttu roti with lauki/ sabzi and a glass of chhaas with rock salt
Mid afternoon, have fruit yoghurt
In the evening, eat roasted makhana chat or aloo palak cucumber salad
For dinner, start with vegetable soup, a bowl of salad with kuttu ka atta and sabzi followed by low-fat lauki halwa or carrot halwa with less amount sugar .
Before sleeping, have a glass of skimmed milk
Recently, there was a controversy that one should avoid eating fruits during fasts. In my belief, fruits are the most sacred food on earth! They are rich in vitamins, minerals, fibre and natural sugar which make them ideal to consume during a fast.
Ill-effects of not fasting properly
Many people who fast also go to play garba or dandiya in the evenings. Since this requires stamina and energy, it is vital that you fast in a proper manner in order to enjoy the festivities and not strain your body’s health. Some of the ill-effects of not fasting properly are:
Weakness and fatigue
Fainting due to drop in blood sugar level
Unable to sleep properly
Lack of stamina
Who should avoid fasting?
I suggest diabetics and pregnant woman should avoid this fast as it can cause a drop in the blood sugar levels which is not conducive in both the cases.
Dietmantra wishes everyone a happy and healthy Navratri!
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