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    bglass
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    Hi Hatice,

    Of these ideas, the one I personally was helped by was chocolate protein drinks.  When nothing else was appetizing, the chocolate protein shakes in a bottle were appreciated. By contrast,  a kind family member experimented with different fruit or vegetable smoothie recipes and none really tasted good to me at that time.

    Plain or vanilla Greek yogurt was also something I could tolerate.

    My guess is taste buds react differently for each person, so there may be some trial and error before you find a set of foods that are tolerable for you.

    Regards, Mary

     

    #99538
    Haticeaks
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    Thank you Mary for your response. Do you have any other suggestions regarding food? For example, any soups, any vegetables, any snacks, etc that were working for you during your treatment. I know everyone is different but based on the suggestions I can try different things. Since I don’t want to eat, nothing comes to my mind when I enter the kitchen to prepare something. Someone has recommended me raw carrots, I hadn’t thought about it, I tried, and I really like it. Do you remember anything that you were eating and were not uncomfortable with it?

    #99523
    bglass
    Moderator

    Hi Hatice,

    Having your sense of taste altered during treatment is a potential side effect of some chemo therapies.  It is important to maintain good nutrition during treatment, so I hope you will be able to keep eating good foods as best you can.  Here are some tips I am aware of to help with this:

    Try high nutrition beverages (such as protein drinks) and drink them from a closed container using a straw.

    Rinse your mouth before eating.  American Cancer Society’s website suggests a rinse containing one teaspoon salt, one teaspoon baking soda and four cups of water, and you should shake the mixture well before rinsing.

    Eat foods that are cold rather than hot.

    Use different seasoning than you are accustomed to, e.g., try different spices than is your custom, or add lemon juice or sweeteners to your food, or sauces such as catsup, or eat salty foods.

    Avoid metal utensils.

    Between meals, suck on sugar-free hard candies or chew gum.

    I hope some of these tips work for you.  Take care, regards, Mary

    #99521
    Haticeaks
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    Hi everyone, I am currently taking Folfirinox treatment. In addition to adverse side effects such as nausea and pain, I have extreme sensitivity to the smell of any food. Hence, I don’t want to eat. I read that cold and raw foods are better in terms of having less smell. I was just wondering your experience about this issue. Do you have any suggestions about food with high nutrition and less smell? Thanks.

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