Have you been told to avoid any foods?
Hi Alexandra! I have foods to avoid so that is kind of what is making me have a harder time to figure it out. I get mixed info from the different doctors as to what to cut out/avoid but it's for sure I have to cut out the fiber, nuts, seeds, raw vegetables and things that we usually are told we need and to eat lots of.
My kids asked what was on the lists so I sent them a copy of one thing but I have another paper that contradicts what that one says. I think it's because the things are different for each treatment.
The radiation doctor has things not to eat but they said that is to keep your bowel quiet so it doesn't move while they are doing treatments. I was always told potatoes were a good thing but their list has it on the "maybe" list.
This is the list to avoid from the radiation nutritionist:
Vegetables: Onions, celery, carrots, Brussels sprouts, cucumber, cabbage, cauliflower, radishes
Fruit: Raisins, bananas, apricots, prunes, dried fruits
Carbohydrates: Bagels, wheat germ, pretzels
Bran cereal / foods high in bran
You can see why that's confusing. I'd heard bananas were a good thing to have with chemo but they say not to with this radiation. Also heard that carrots were good if they were cooked well, but they are on the no list, too.
The allowed list is:
Meat: fowl, fish
Vegetables: lettuce, peppers, avocado, tomato, asparagus, zucchini, okra, olives
Fruits: cantaloupe, grapes, berries
Carbohydrates: white rice, chips, popcorn
, graham crackers
Eggs, jello, fruit ice
Now, saying that, most of the "allowed" things on this list from the radiologist is on the "avoid" list from my low residue diet they told me to do. I have to sit down and compare the lists. I understand the above list is just to eliminate gas which would make a problem with things moving during radiation.
On top of that, the same doctor gave me another handout that says:
Avoid nuts, seeds and popcorn during treatment. No other preventative dietary changes are necessary.
So two handouts in the same packet, one says popcorn or nuts is allowed, the other said not to eat them.
I was told sweet potatoes were good at one appointment but have a handout that says instead of a sweet potato, have a baked potato. Just a lot of conflicting information but I also read every little thing and think too much so I make it harder on myself!
I think I need to stick to the low residue diet for the most part and add to it the things to avoid from the other list.