What to Eat (and Not Eat) During the Holidays

Don’t let your cancer treatment stop you from enjoying the upcoming holiday season and all the tasty foods that come along with it. Food is a big part of our culture and the last thing you want to be worrying about is missing out on quality time with your friends and family during this special time of the year. 449459 True, eating may not be a priority if you’re feeling particularly nauseous, but you do need to stay nourished to fight your cancer. Prepare for the holiday with the following recommendations:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Avoid uncooked, unpeeled foods.
  • Eat small portions to see how you handle the food first. Don’t overdo it.
  • Keep out of the kitchen while food is being prepared. The cooking smell can make you nauseous.
  • Let friends and family know what foods you can tolerate in advance.
  • Keep some plastic forks in your purse to eat with at guests’ houses in case you find yourself with a metallic taste in your mouth.
  • Have a little snack before you leave the house, especially if you’re not sure if there may be appropriate options for you where you are going.
  • Don’t skip meals and instead go for 5-6 smaller meals to avoid making poor eating choices.
  • Go for baked or steamed items
  • Make sure all fruits are washed properly and peeled before eating them.
  • At a buffet lunch or dinner, choose foods from the inside of the table that little hands (and their germs) are less likely to have reached.
  • Place leftover foods immediately in the fridge and discard all leftover foods that have been out for more than two hours at room temperature.
  • Check with your doctor if it is ok to have some alcohol.
  • Swap out sugar in tea for honey instead.

Good Stuff to Munch On: salmon dishes

  • Fatty Fish, like salmon, pollock and yellowtail.
  • Protein-Rich, like lentils, beans and legumes.
  • Cruciferous & Dark Leaf Veggies, like broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, spinach and kale.
  • Orange Fruits & Veggies, like carrots, sweet potatoes and cantaloupe.
  • Citrus Fruits, like oranges and lemons.
  • Strawberries and dark chocolate.
  • Brown Rice.
  • Turkey.
  • Quinoa.
  • Berries.
  • Yogurt.
  • Almonds.
  • Ginger.

Ginger-Root Don’t Add to Your Plate:

  • Red Meat, like steak and burgers.
  • Processed or Cured Meats, like bacon, ham, hot dogs and deli meats.
  • Sauces, like cream, gravy or mayonnaise base.
  • Fried or fatty foods.
  • Sweets and sugar.
  • Carbonated beverages.
  • Raw eggs.
  • Spicy foods.
  • Caffeine.

With a little extra care and attention to what goes in your plate, you should be absolutely fine and enjoy your meals during this festive season. If ever in doubt, please check with your doctor. Happy holidays from One Wig Stand! References:

Would you add any other tips to this list? Please share with us in the comments section to include here! 

Little BIG Things You Can Do This October

As of October 1st, we’ve introduced a new daily post series of awareness tips that we’ll be sharing via our facebook page for the entire month. They’re all small things that won’t require much time or effort but will help you learn in small doses more about breast health, early detection signs and other activities you can do to show your support for the cause.

Try to put them to practice whenever possible this month:

Thanks to the help of our team of wonderful volunteers, we’ll also be sharing the daily posts in Arabic so more women from the region can benefit from them too:

Arabic Translation: Samira El-Ghoul

Arabic Translation: Nesrine Chami

Arabic Translation: Soha Menassa

Be sure to check our page daily this month and share the ones you find particularly valuable with others to spread the awareness. If you have any recommendations for other “Little Big Things” someone can do during October, let us know by email to info@onewigstand.org.