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Diet For Mouth Cancer Patients

Dt. Neha Suryawanshi 94% (14748 ratings)
M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Diet For Mouth Cancer Patients

The challenge of a mouth cancer diet is your ability to eat enough of the right nutritional foods even while living with the side effects of treatment. To meet the challenge you may need to change the way you eat your food.
Body reactions to treatment
Once you are under surgery, radiation or chemotherapy, many of your body's healthy cells may be damaged or destroyed. Your body needs a higher amount of nutrition to repair the cells. Without this nutritional boost, you could face malnutrition. Malnutrition occurs when your body is forced to pull nutritional supplies from your fat or muscle tissue, because it is not getting enough in the food you eat and drink.
Often people stop eating or only eat a limited variety of foods when going through cancer treatment. This prevents them from getting the nutrition they need.

You need to maintain a diet rich in nutritional foods including:

Fruits and vegetables
Whole grain breads and cereals
Lean chicken, turkey and fish
Low-fat dairy products

You should cut back on salt, fat, alcohol and sugar. These items not only affect blood pressure, kidney function and your heart - but tests have shown that sugars can actually feed a tumor.Lack of interest in eating

You will probably find that the treatments you are receiving make it difficult to eat the proper foods. You may be experiencing:

Loss of appetite
Nausea
Vomiting
Diarrhea or constipation
Blistered mouth or throat
Dry mouth
Changes in the taste of the food or in your ability to taste the food
Fatigue

The national cancer institute reports that about one-third of all cancer deaths are due to malnutrition. Your survival depends on your ability to maintain proper nutritional levels, even when side effects are debilitating.
Mouth cancer diet tips on specific mouth cancer diet exists. Your doctor or dietician will recommend that you concentrate on developing an eating plan that makes sure you receive vitamins and minerals your body will need to have a balanced diet.

You may find it difficult to eat with oral cancer. Nausea, soreness and loss of appetite may take away your will to eat, but these difficulties can be overcome with a few healthy eating tips:

Eat small meals.
Eat the most when your feel the best, such as in the morning or mid-day.
Rinse your mouth before eating to get rid of any unusual tastes.
Take very small bites and chew the food until it is liquefied in your mouth.
*eating after radiation

As radiation treatments continue, you may find that you are unable to tolerate some foods and that your mouth is too sensitive to enjoy eating. You can combat this by:

Avoiding acidic or strongly spiced foods
Using plastic utensils if you are experiencing metallic tastes
Trying soft or moist foods that are easier to chew and swallow. Poaching fish in liquids or adding creams and gravies to foods will make them easier to chew and swallow.
Avoiding foods that adhere to the roof or sides of the mouth

Eating after chemo

Sip fluids throughout the day, particularly if your mouth is blistered.
Avoid strong aromas that might increase your nausea.
Avoid hot foods, particularly those with steam. Steam carries nausea-producing aromas.
If eating or chewing solid food becomes too painful, sip nutritional supplement drinks such as boost or ensure.
Make blender drinks from fresh fruits combined with soy or whey protein powders.
Extra nutritional insurance with supplements
Your doctor and dietician will want you to get as many nutrients as possible from whole foods; however, they may also recommend that you supplement your eating by adding powdered or liquid nutritional supplements to blender drinks. Be sure and ask them for their ideas on what you should be eating and in what quantities.
Fill your plate
Divide your plate into quarters.
Fill half your plate with vegetables (five or more servings of fruits and veggies daily).
Fill a quarter of your plate with protein foods.
Fill a quarter of your plate with whole grains or starchy vegetables.
Macronutrient tips

Eating the right proportion of carbs, proteins, and fat is beneficial.
Eat protein at every meal.
Aim for 30 to 45 grams of fiber daily.
Focus on healthy fats, such as fatty fish, avocado, olives, nuts, seeds, nut butters, and plant-based oils.
Eat less than 30 percent of your calories from fat (fewer than 67 grams daily for a 2, 000-calorie diet).
Cancer-fighting add-ons
Add foods that are beneficial for fighting cancer because they are rich in phytochemicals and/or antioxidants (with the exception of water, which helps hydrate).

Consume 1 to 2 tablespoons of flax or chia seeds daily.
Drink 1 to 4 cups of green tea daily.
Drink plenty of water.
Season foods with herbs and spices.
Take a multivitamin supplement as recommended by your doctor.
Cancer-fighting food group lists

Fill half your plate with a variety of fruits and veggies. John hopkins medicine says fruits and veggies containing cancer-fighting phytochemicals (which help inhibit cancer cell growth) include:

Colorful produce source
Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, kale, cabbage, cauliflower, turnips, kohlrabi, watercress, bok choy, collards, rutabaga, mustard greens, and brussels sprouts
Carotenoids, which are found in green, orange, and dark yellow fruits and veggies
Cucurbitaceous (plants from the gourd family) fruits and veggies, such as muskmelon, watermelon, pumpkin, cucumber, and squash
Umbelliferous (aromatic flowering plants) vegetables, such as carrots, celery, parsnip, and parsley
Solanaceous (nightshade) vegetables, such as tomatoes and eggplant
Other cancer-fighting fruits and veggies including citrus fruits, berries, apples, broccoli sprouts, legumes, garlic, shallots, leeks, and onions
Add the following phytochemical-rich herbs and spices to your diet to flavor food, as recommended by john hopkins medicine and ucsf medical center:

Fennel
Caraway seeds
Sage
Dill
Camphor
Mint
Basil
Licorice root

Choose protein-rich foods at each meal (especially plant proteins), including:

Grilled chicken
Turkey
Fish
Eggs
Nonfat greek yogurt
Soy products (tofu, tempeh) - note: soy appears to be beneficial for breast cancer patients, but specific amount recommendation aren't established
Peas
Legumes
Nuts and seeds
Nut butters
Eat up to 30 percent of your total calories from fat (67 grams or less daily for a 2, 000-calorie diet).

Choose healthy fats, such as:

Avocado
Plant-based oils
Nuts and seeds (walnuts, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, etc.)
Nut butters
Fish oil
Olives

Fill 1/4 your plate with whole grains and starchy vegetables, such as:

Corn
Peas
Legumes (lentils, black beans, kidney beans, etc.)
Whole grain cereals
Quinoa
Brown rice
Wild rice
Oatmeal
Barley

Hydrate your body with:

Water
Antioxidant-rich green tea
Vegetable juices. 
 

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Indian Low Carb Diet

Dt. Neha Suryawanshi 94% (14748 ratings)
M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai

Foods to include in indian low carb diet:-

Almonds

  • Soaked almonds (5-8 pieces. This is the best way to start your day)
  • Roasted almonds for mid time snacking.
     

Nuts and seeds –

  • Roasted soybean, roasted bengal gram dal, roasted flax seeds, roasted sunflower seeds for mid time snacking.
  • Rajma / kidney beans – there are a lot of dishes you can make using kidney beans
  • Mexican salsa with chopped veggies
  • Rajma tikki (griddle cake) with coriander or curd and mint leaves dip/ chutney
  • Boiled kidney bean salad
  • Baked kidney beans with little cheese.

Mung dal:

  • Mung dal chilla / savory pan cakes using yellow or green split mung dal. (you can add chopped veggies, coriander or even stuff it with paneer to add to taste and fiber)
  • Mung dal with veggies (recipe of mung dal with veggies)
  • Mung dal soup
  • Mogar (a famous rajasthani preparation made with palak and mung dal)

Panner / cottage cheese:

  • Paneer bhurji with veggies (cook in very little oil)
  • Paneer tikka (marinate with only curd and needed spices, and grill without any oil)
  • Cubed panner salad
  • Palak panner veggie (home made with little or no oil)
  • Sauteed paneer chilly in minimum olive oil

Curd:

  • Smoothies – use any ow carb fruit (avoid – banana, mango, chikku, custard apple)
  • Salted lassi
  • Buttermilk
  • Flavor yogurt
  • As dressings on salads

Red channa

  • Boiled red channa salad with cucumber, tomatoes and onion.
  • Pressure cooked red channa with tomato gravy (cooked in little or no oil).
     

Sprouts:

  • Mix sprouts salads
  • Mix sprouts dosa / pan cake
  • Mix sprout usal cooked in little or no oil
  • Mix sprouts bhel with little puffer rice.
     

Milk:
Plain or flavored, and hot or cold as you like it
 

Soy bean:

  • Soy milk and tofu
  • Roasted soybean
  • Soy bean chunks or granules with homemade gravies in less oil
     

Egg white:

  • Boiled, scrambled or poached
  • Omelets with veggies
     

Chicken:

  • Steamed, broiled, baked or grilled form
  • In salads and brown bread sandwiches
     

Fish:
Steamed, broiled, baked or grilled


Now that you now what foods to eat in an indian low carb diet, here are some tips on how you can adapt an indian low carb diet for weight loss.
 

Tips for following an indian low carb diet:

  • Choose complex carbs: indian low carb diet calls for giving up on consumption of simple carbs and include more of complex carbs through whole grains like brown rice, oats, whole wheat, barley, whole wheat pasta and whole wheat breads. These whole grains are complex carbs containing plenty of fiber. Intake of these foods will facilitate the weight loss process.
  • Increase protein intake: proteins help to get the feeling of satiety. They stabilize the blood sugar level and control your cravings. You can include more of low fat dairy products, lean meats, beans, legumes and a total of around 50 gram protein per day.
     
  • Go high on high fiber food: having raw salads with your meals and with a good amount of fruits will ensure an increased fibre intake in the diet. Green leafy vegetables are rich in minerals and they help in certain health conditions like blood pressure and diabetes. Being high in fibre, they also aid in weight loss. Besides fruits and veggies, you can add flax seeds, fenugreek (methi) seeds, sprouts and whole grains to your meals.
     
  • Watch your fat: you need to avoid all trans fats. This means that you have to stay away from fast foods and deep fried foods like fries, cutlets, cheese sticks and pakodas. Try to consume the monounsaturated fats (present in olive oil, peanut oil and mustard seed oil) as they help in limiting your carb intake and in bringing the feeling of satiety. Avoid saturated fats (present in butter, ghee and margarine).
     
  • Become a wise eater: low carbs and desserts is a rare combination. Most people have a misconception that excluding desserts completely from the diet will allow them to lead a healthy life. In actuality, it’s not about omission, but about choosing your food correctly without depriving yourself! all you need to do is to eat in limitation. Every food, when eaten in limitation, can only benefit your health while undesirable consequences begin to appear once you stop watching your portion intakes. Staying within the limits helps in controlling and maintaining weight apart from helping in avoiding sugar hikes and in maintaining stabilized blood sugar levels. So eat wisely and be healthy.
     
  • Do regular exercises: after years and years of researches, experts have claimed that any person who is regular in his exercise has an overall better health in comparison to a person who doesn’t exercise. Exercise helps in maintaining a good body weight, it keeps blood sugar levels under control and aids in the better functioning of the heart and other organs. You can increase your carb allowance window by exercising. Note – in my experience of 10 years now I have noticed that an indian low carb diet works to give good weight loss results only if the person includes exercises in his schedule while following the diet.
  • Avoid binging: most of the snacks that we binge on are carbs, whether it is a chocolate, a candy, pastries, chips or fries! if we learn to avoid binging, we will be successful in cutting down on a lot of unwanted carbs. Try to eat your meals in time and most importantly, eat in regular intervals. A gap of more than 4 hours between your meals will make your hunger take a hike and you will jump to take all the unhealthy foods!
  • Balance it out: if you happen to go heavy on your meal either due to a social gathering or a festival or any such occasion where you don’t have much control over your food, then you must balance it out well to avoid sugar splurges in blood. There is nothing wrong in going light once in a while! a complete fruit diet for a meal or just milk and cereals are not bad options!

Now that you have read the tips on adapting an indian low carb diet, you must understand that cutting on the simple carbs is a good idea. But cutting down carbs completely from your meal plan is not really advisable. Here are 2 reasons why you should never completely omit carbs from your meal while following an indian low carb diet.

 

Why you should not completely omit carbs from your diet:

1] Carbs (glucose) is the only source of energy that your brain and the central nervous system can utilize. So absence of glucose can turn out to have serious ill effects on health.

2] Carbs and fat metabolism – Fats cannot be completely broken down in the absence of carbs. Hence if you are looking for losing fat weight, it is important to have the minimum amount required of carbs to facilitate the complete breakdown of fat or the process of lipolysis. In the absence of carbs, the amount of ketone bodies in the blood stream will accumulate and lead to metabolic disorders like ketosis or acidosis.

The above mentioned reasons will justify the presence of carbs day in strict diets like the general motor’s diet (gm diet). Read – indian version of gm diet.

3] Carbs and exercises – Do you know that without proper carbohydrate intake, you cannot do exercises? carbohydrates are the best fuels for your muscles since they become accessible easily in comparison to proteins and fats.

The process – at the time of digestion, carbs are broken down into glucose, which then enters the bloodstream. The glucose is then picked up by the other cells of the body to produce energy. Glucose, that remains unutilized, is converted and stored as muscle glycogen in the short run and finally gets converted into body fat in the long run. So carbs are needed to supply energy to you while doing physical activities.

Carbohydrates are not bad provided you select the right ones. For example having mango is better than munching potato chips. The nutritional value of carbohydrates depends on the presence of nutrients and on the degree of processing that the food has gone through.

What are the healthy carbs that you should love?

If you have made up your mind to follow an indian low carb diet, you must also know about the healthy carbs that you should include in your regime.

  • Fruits and vegetables: While following an indian low-carb diet, people generally ignore the fruits and vegetables! but these are the healthiest foods of all. According to a study report published by the american institute for cancer research and the world cancer research fund, you can prevent art least 20 percent of all cancers by including 5 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables in your daily diet. Another study has proved that the risk of coronary heart disease falls by four percent for every one serving increase of fruits and vegetables each day. Adequate consumption of fruits and vegetables also yields positive effects on bone density.
  • Whole grains: the breads are back – Think of the fiber-packed brown ones and forget about the ones made with refined flour. Whole grains are packed with nutrients and fiber. They contain all the three parts of the kernel. The bran or the outer shell contains b vitamins, fiber and at least 50 percent of the minerals contained in the entire grain. The germ part contains b vitamins, vitamin e, minerals, healthy fats and phytochemicals. The endosperm part contains protein, carbs and smaller amounts of b vitamins. Refined grains only contain the endosperm part and hence the vital nutrients present in the germ and bran are left out. Research suggests that three servings of whole grains per day can cut down your risk of diabetes and coronary heart disease by almost 30 percent. Other health benefits include lowering of serum triglyceride levels and blood pressure and a fall in the risk of gum diseases. Some popular whole grain choices include brown rice, oatmeal, corn and pop corns, wild rice, buckwheat, barley, bulgar wheat and quinoa.
  • Low fat/non-fat yogurt and milk: These carbs add health to your bones and cause a lowering of your blood pressure. These dairy products are good sources of vitamin d, protein, riboflavin and calcium. Yogurt lacks vitamin d. So get your vitamin d from milk and vitamin d-fortified cereals. You should check the fat content of the dairy products. High amounts of saturated fat are not heart-healthy.
     
  • Beans: Beans are healthy carbohydrates which can prevent cancer. It is known for preventing the reappearance of colon cancer. Research suggests that beans can prevent constipation, lower cholesterol and brings down the risks of coronary heart disease. The nutrients present in beans include protein, folate, potassium, magnesium, fiber and other minerals.
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Hyperthyroidism - 3 Type of Foods You Must Avoid!

Dr. Hema Parashar 87% (56 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Delhi
Hyperthyroidism - 3 Type of Foods You Must Avoid!

Hyperthyroidism causes the thyroid gland to produce excess hormones, which accelerates the metabolism, in turn affecting the heart, bone health, and mood. The symptoms of hyperthyroidism include increased heartbeat, insomnia, anxiety, heightened hunger, and weight loss, all of which can be controlled via medicines and a healthy diet plan.

However, there are certain foods that can worsen the condition and lead to the severity of the symptoms. These should be avoided at all costs by anyone suffering from hyperthyroidism.

- Caffeinated drinks

Caffeinated drinks can worsen hyperthyroidism symptoms by aggravating palpitations, anxiety and insomnia. These include energy drinks, coffee, black tea, alcohol, soda. It is advisable to replace these drinks with healthy herbal tea or lemon water, which are apt refreshments with multiple health benefits.

- Foods with high glycemic content

Processed refined grains lose their nutrients like vitamin B and become not only useless but harmful to the body. The high glycemic content in refined grains can cause fluctuations in your blood sugar level, which can trigger terrible mood swings. It is advised to swap these with whole grains, quinoa, oatmeal and wild rice.

- Trans fat and hydrogenated oil

Trans- fat and partially hydrogenated oil are the culprits of heart diseases. To ensure the health of your heart and reduce the chances of hyperthyroidism, it is important to minimize the consumption of all the foods that list hydrogenated oil in their ingredient list. These are cookies, margarine, cakes, donuts, French fries, crackers and many others. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an ayurveda.

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3 Foods to Avoid If You Have Hyperthyroidism

BAMS, MD Ayurveda
Sexologist, Navi Mumbai
3 Foods to Avoid If You Have Hyperthyroidism

Hyperthyroidism causes the thyroid gland to produce excess hormones, which accelerates the metabolism, in turn affecting the heart, bone health, and mood. The symptoms of hyperthyroidism include increased heartbeat, insomnia, anxiety, heightened hunger, and weight loss, all of which can be controlled via medicines and a healthy diet plan.

However, there are certain foods that can worsen the condition and lead to the severity of the symptoms. These should be avoided at all costs by anyone suffering from hyperthyroidism.

  • Caffeinated drinks - Caffeinated drinks can worsen hyperthyroidism symptoms by aggravating palpitations, anxiety and insomnia. These include energy drinks, coffee, black tea, alcohol, soda. It is advisable to replace these drinks with healthy herbal tea or lemon water, which are apt refreshments with multiple health benefits.
  • Foods with high glycemic content - Processed refined grains lose their nutrients like vitamin B and become not only useless but harmful to the body. The high glycemic content in refined grains can cause fluctuations in your blood sugar level, which can trigger terrible mood swings. It is advised to swap these with whole grains, quinoa, oatmeal and wild rice.
  • Trans fat and hydrogenated oil - Trans- fat and partially hydrogenated oil are the culprits of heart diseases. To ensure the health of your heart and reduce the chances of hyperthyroidism, it is important to minimize the consumption of all the foods that list hydrogenated oil in their ingredient list. These are cookies, margarine, cakes, donuts, French fries, crackers and many others.

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7 Vegetarian Ways to Get Omega-3

Dt. Neha Suryawanshi 94% (14748 ratings)
M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
7 Vegetarian Ways to Get Omega-3

Omega-3 fatty acids are extremely beneficial in preventing inflammation in your body and provide significant health benefits. It is important to get a proper source of omega-3 because our bodies do not produce them naturally. Hence, we are dependent on supplements and pills to help provide the necessary amount of omega-3 required.

Unfortunately, fish is considered to be the best source for omega-3 fatty acids making it difficult for vegetarians and people who don’t have a preference for fish to obtain omega-3. There are other ways to include omega-3 in your daily diet, apart from fish, to help your body get the right amount. 


1. Soybeans

Soybeans provide consistent means of getting omega 3 vitamins, as compared to marine life. Since the supply of fish is highly unreliable, it is essential to obtain omega 3 vitamins through a consistent land based means. Soybeans is easier to obtain and grow and has a higher shelf life than fish. 

2. Spinach 

Spinach is one of the most healthiest vegetables to consume, containing high source of protein and fiber. Spinach also has omega 3 vitamins which provide a good alternative for vegetarians. One cup of cooked spinach contains 371mg of omega 3 fatty acids. No wonder spinach is ranked at the top of the world’s healthiest edible items.

3. Walnuts

We have already written about the benefits of walnuts when it comes to dieting and leading a healthy lifestyle. But did you know walnuts also have high omega 3 content? not only do they provide energy because of their high caloric content and keep you feeling full, walnuts provide an alternative means to get omega 3 vitamins if you are feeling a little lazy to cook. 


4. Flax seeds

Flax seeds are a convenient way to get omega 3 and could be consumed in different ways. Although flax seeds contain only one member of the omega 3 fatty acids, alpha-linolenic acid, it has the highest amount of omega 3 found in all edible items apart from fish. Flax seeds can be included in pretty much any dish and make it a high source of omega 3 vitamins. 

5. Wild rice

Wild rice is a good substitute for white or brown rice because it contains more antioxidents and is also gluten-free. It has high omega 3 content and is also a much healthier substitute to white rice. Although wild rice is not as readily available as white or brown rice, because of its high nutritional value, it is recommended to include it as part of a healthy lifestyle. 

6. Basil

Surprisingly, basil is one of the many herbs found to have high source of omega-3. It also has several significant health benefits because of the anti-oxidants present in them. The anti-oxidants helps in preventing aging by helping your body fight against oxidative stress

7. Kidney beans

Kidney beans are a great addition to any dish providing it with unique flavour and texture. Although it doesn’t compare to fish in omega-3 content, it provides adequate amount to help your health significantly. It also is a great source of fiber, which helps prevent any digestive problems. Include kidney beans in your diet. 

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Diabetes Health Tip

Dt. Neha Suryawanshi 94% (14748 ratings)
M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Diabetes Health Tip
Chinese foods are worst for diabetics:


High-calorie, high fat, high-sodium, and high-carb chinese food dishes can spike blood sugar dramatically and keep it high for a while. The biggest offenders include fried entrees such as orange chicken and sweet and sour dishes, which contain breading and are served swimming in a sugary sauce.

Have this instead: if you enjoy chinese food, prepare a modified recipe at home using steamed veggies and low-sodium, low-fat condiments and flavorings. Reducing sodium can help lower blood pressure and decrease the risk of heart attacks. Skip the white rice and noodles; have brown rice or wild rice instead.
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