Maintain a healthy weight by eating appropriate portion sizes

You may have nutritional challenges caused by certain cancer treatments. Talk to your physician about what would be a healthy weight for you. If you are underweight, you may wish to include a liquid nutritional product in your diet. If you are unable to eat a large meal at one sitting, try having smaller, more frequent meals throughout the day. If you have experienced unintentional weight gain, talk to your doctor. Any attempt to lose extra pounds should not compromise your recovery from treatment.

  • Keep an eye on the portions of food you eat. The Nutrition Facts label on many foods lists the standard serving size. Measure out your typical portion and pour it onto an empty plate. Then measure how many standard servings go into your regular portion size. You may be surprised. Is it enough food to meet your nutritional needs? Is it too much food in relation to your activity level?
  • Try not to skip meals, as it may lead to overeating at the next meal.
  • Snack wisely. There is no need to avoid eating between meals if you choose healthy snacks. They can boost your fruit and vegetable intake, provide essential nutrients and give you extra energy in the late morning or afternoon.
  • Eat only when you are hungry, not in response to boredom or loneliness. Find other enjoyable activities to keep you busy, like calling a friend or taking a walk.
  • If you make naturally lowfat vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans the main part of your diet, you will be less likely to overindulge in fatty meats and sweets.
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