Cancer itself and the treatment causes fatigue, but you can help reduce this by eating the right foods. Not all foods give us the long-lasting energy we need. In fact, some of them can actually set us up to crash later, making this side effect even worse. Your body runs off what you feed it. The best way to get the most energy from your food is to make sure you’re giving yourself the best food possible.
Some foods can worsen your symptoms, so you should avoid them where possible. Check out our fatigue diary to help you know what food could be causing you more fatigue.
Besides what you eat, when you eat can also impact your energy. Have you ever notice how you feel sluggish after a big lunch or dinner? That’s because your body is using its energy to digest that meal instead of powering the rest of your body. The easiest way to avoid the post-meal coma is to eat several smaller-portioned meals throughout the day. This will keep your body fuelled regularly whilst reducing nausea.
This might wake you up but you can come crashing down when the effects are over.
If you love the flavour of coffee, stick to decaf or limit your daily intake.
Just like coffee sugar will spike your energy levels for a limited amount of time.
Sugar promotes inflammation and uses up a lot of nutrients since the body has to process it.
Swap sugar for honey and fruit.
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Refined foods like white rice and pasta can spike your blood sugar levels quickly.
Stabilize your blood sugar levels by eating high fibre foods like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. (Brown rice & pasta)
Digesting saturated fats requires diversion of blood and oxygen to your digestive system and away from your organs and muscles, which can produce fatigue.