With the holiday season in full swing, the anticipation of the coming festivities can be both heartwarming and challenging, especially for breast cancer patients. Navigating breast cancer and nutrition during the holidays is an important aspect of maintaining your overall well-being–particularly while in active treatment or survivorship. While it’s important to speak with your own doctor and care team about your own meal planning during this period, we want to share some general guidance around how you can prioritize your nutrition this season, while also enjoying “the most wonderful time of the year.”
Incorporate nutrient-rich foods
Holiday feasts are an ideal opportunity to incorporate a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables into your meal. Consider preparing dishes that include cruciferous vegetables such as brussel sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, and radishes, as these foods are packed with essential nutrients and fiber that support your digestive and overall health.
Choose lean protein sources
Opting for lean protein sources can help support your body’s health and recovery during cancer treatment. Turkey is a holiday staple for many, and simply choosing white meat over dark meat from the turkey can be a leaner option. Fish and tofu are other protein options that can bring essential nutrients and variety to your meals.
Be mindful of portions
Maintaining a balanced diet is crucial for breast cancer patient nutrition. Be mindful of portion sizes and aim for a balanced plate that includes a mix of lean proteins, whole grains, and colorful vegetables. This approach can help you enjoy the flavors of the season without compromising your nutritional needs.
Proper hydration is vital for overall health, especially during cancer treatment. While enjoying the holiday festivities, remember to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Limiting alcohol and sugary beverages can also contribute to better hydration and overall well-being. For more tips for mindful alcohol consumption, read our previous blog post.
This holiday season, focus on creating meals that support your breast cancer health, well-being, and nutrition. By making thoughtful choices and incorporating nutrient-rich foods, breast cancer patients can navigate the holiday season with grace and nourishment. Remember to consult with your care team for personalized advice and diet adjustments based on your individual health needs. Also feel free to reach out to our team of oncology nurse practitioners via Ask Outcomes4Me with any questions.