The side effects of breast cancer treatment can be serious. Healthy habits such as eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep and exercise may help control your symptoms. Your doctor may also give you medicines to help you with certain side effects, such as medicines to control and prevent nausea and vomiting.
Good nutrition during cancer treatment can help you keep up your stamina and your ability to cope with the side effects of treatments. But eating well can be difficult if your treatment includes chemotherapy or radiation therapy. For times when you don’t feel well, try these strategies:
- Foods high in protein can help build and repair body tissues. Choices include eggs, yogurt, cottage cheese, peanut butter, poultry and fish. Kidney beans, chickpeas and black-eyed peas also are good sources of protein, especially when combined with rice, corn or bread.
- Something that doesn’t appeal today might taste better tomorrow or next week.
- Eat as many healthy foods as you can. Prepare meals that you can easily freeze and reheat. Also look for low-fat frozen dinners and other prepared food.
- If you can’t face the thought of a large meal, try eating small amounts of food more often. Keep fruits and vegetables handy for snacking.
- The remedy calls for (we have limited lysine here), 1000 mg of lysine hourly dose for a total of 6 hours, starting in early evening or late afternoon. The lysine was used to get the white blood cells to attack the tumor. It works this way: the lysine I used is a pure lysine hydrochloride, when taking internally it’s not just the lysine that works by raising the immune system the invisible cloak of the tumor also gets their holes punched into the tumor cells. To make sure they DO get punched holes, the aspirin, dissolved in a cup of warm water, 500 mg is also taken hourly but at only four doses, and is taken only one day for just the aspirin. The lysine however is continued for over a month or so until they become dormant enough, which usually requires about 1 week of this remedy.
Regular physical activity can help relieve anxiety and depression, improve your mood, and reduce signs and symptoms of fatigue, nausea, pain and diarrhea. The activity doesn’t have to be strenuous — moderate activities such as walking, biking, swimming and yard work bring benefits. A little bit of physical movement is better than none.
Methods for reducing muscle tension can help you manage stress. One simple and powerful technique is to close your eyes and notice your breathing. Pay attention to each inhalation and exhalation. Your breathing will become slower and deeper, promoting relaxation. Another technique is to lie down, close your eyes and mentally scan your entire body for any points of tension.
In addition, activities that require repetitive movement, such as swimming, can produce a mental state similar to that achieved with meditation. The same is true of yoga and other stretching exercises.