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What can I mix in my NutriBullet to help with chemotherapy for bladder cancer?

Chemo drains the body. What can I make to help with the side affects?

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3 years ago

Dietitian's Answer

We strongly urge you to discuss specifics with your oncologist and a personal RD who can dig deep into your health history so that he/she can provide tailored recommendations for you. These are general guidelines for those post chemo therapy.

• Use room temperature or cold ingredients if feeling nauseous since warm foods are more volatile.
• Try to eat smaller portions more frequently and plan on a larger meal when your appetite is at its peak.
• Aim for added healthy fats and a protein in your Blasts and meals to help speed up recovery and reduce unwanted weight loss.
o *Some of the best protein powder brand options include: NutriBullet’s Superfood Protein Boost, Plant Fusion, Perfect Fit, and Vibrant Health.

NutriBlast Recipe #1 (high calorie and protein to help prevent weight loss)
*Note: this will be a thick NutriBlast
1 cup baby or dinosaur kale
½ cup frozen pitted cherries
2 Tbsp almond butter
¼ cup cooked quinoa (or may sub ¼ cup uncooked rolled oats)
1 serving protein powder*
½ cup organic vanilla Greek yogurt (may sub coconut milk yogurt)
Dash of cinnamon
1 ½ cup coconut milk beverage

NutriBlast Recipe #2 (immune system boost)
*Note: this will be a thick NutriBlast
1 cup baby or dinosaur kale
½ cup strawberries
½ cup mango
½ banana
¼ avocado
2 Tbsp hemp seeds (or one serving protein* powder)
Optional: ¼ - ½ tsp reishi mushroom powder
Optional: ¼” fresh ginger
1 ½ cups coconut water

NutriBlast Recipe #3 (fatigue fighting)
1 ½ cups baby spinach
¾ cups blueberries
½ banana
2 Tbsp walnuts
1 Tbsp cacao powder
1 tsp maca powder (may substitute ½ tsp spirulina)
1 tsp sesame seeds
1 ½ cups almond milk

NutriBlast Recipe #4 (Antioxidant carotenoid and selenium-rich)
*Note: this will be a thick NutriBlast
1 cup spinach
½ cup cooked sweet potato (may also use cooked pureed pumpkin)
1 carrot
2 Brazil nuts (or 1 Tbsp shelled sunflower seeds)
Dash of cinnamon
Optional: touch of raw honey or pure maple syrup to sweeten
1 ½ cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk

NutriBlast Recipe #5 (anti-inflammatory, anti-nausea)
1 cup Swiss chard
½” fresh turmeric root (sub ginger for symptoms of nausea)
1 cup pineapple chunks
¼ avocado
1 Tbsp chia seeds
4 round cucumber slices
1 ½ cups coconut water (may sub brewed and chilled green tea)

Antioxidant Foods vs. Supplements and Nutrient/Drug Interactions During Chemo and Radiation Therapy:
There is no evidence to support that antioxidant-rich, whole food or drinks should be avoided during cancer therapy. It is believed that the level of any one particular antioxidant in a whole food is unlikely to interfere with treatment, however the same cannot be said about high-dose antioxidant supplements.

The cancer/antioxidant recommendation has been debated in the medical world and we don't quite know the exact answer yet.
The scientific evidence on this does not sway for or against taking antioxidant supplements during cancer treatment. Taking these supplements during cancer treatment may be beneficial for some people, yet harmful for others. No two people, or cancers, are the same.

See this link for more detail on antioxidant supplements:
https://www.oncologynutrition.org/erfc/eating-well-when-unwell/is-it-safe-to-take-antioxidant-supplements-during-chemotherapy-and-radiation-therapy/

It is important to stick to any dietary recommendations given by your oncologist and pay special attention to any nutrient/drug or herb interactions.

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