Nutrition for Strength When You're Not Well (cont.)
Juicing Your Fruit Bowl
"Fruits have more calories than vegetables so if you can't eat fresh fruit, eat canned fruit," Pataki says. "Juicing is not a bad thing either because it is easier to drink then chew when you don't feel well," she says.
"Generally I am opposed to juicing because it takes away fiber," adds Vagnini. "I'd prefer a person eat an apple or orange, but when you are debilitated it's a very good way to get in nutrient density, is easy to do, and more palpable."
Crunching Something Cruciferous
"I recommend one serving a day of cruciferous vegetables for optimal immune function," Beller says. Whether brussel sprouts, cabbage, bok choy, broccoli, cauliflower, collard greens, radishes broccoli sprouts, or others, cruciferous vegetables are probably one of the strongest powerhouses of phytochemicals or plant-based substances that are rich in disease fighting antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals.
"They should be a key player in one's weekly -- if not daily -- nutrients," she says. Sneak them into a salad or a sandwich.
Other helpful appetite boosters include:
Published Aug. 6. 2004.
SOURCES: Sally Pataky, MS, RID clinical dietician at City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte, Calif., Rachel Beller, MS, RD, director of the Brander Nutritional Oncology Counseling and Research Program at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica, Calif. and surgeon-turned-anti-aging/clinical nutrition specialist Frederic Vagnini. MD, FACS, medical director of Pulse Anti-aging Center in Scarsdale, NY.
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