Eating Healthy on the Fly!

Here’s a guest post from Cole on tips for eating healthy when traveling. As summer is fast approaching (and the perfect time for vacation getaway’s, this is a great topic and Cole has some excellent tips on maintaining your diet while traveling!

Tickets have been booked for months, bags are packed and ready to go and your goal weight has been reached!  Finally feeling camera ready after all the hard work and healthy eating, you’re ready to get this vacation started.  But what does the after look like?  There are several ways to integrate healthy eating into your vacation that will ensure that you’ll still turn heads in your fabulous goal outfit long after your dream vacation is over.

In order to set yourself up for success, it is important to put in a little bit of effort before leaving.  Booking a hotel that has a fitness center or has trails nearby encourages activity, which boosts your metabolism.  Additionally, hotels with kitchenettes are not only a money saver, but cooking your own meals will also help you stay on track with healthy eating.  If you cannot find a reasonably priced hotel with a kitchenette, consider bringing a small crockpot to prepare healthy chicken and vegetable based dishes.  Hotel coffee makers can also be used to heat water for oatmeal and soups, which are both healthy and inexpensive meal options. Determining which hotels have the amenities necessary for your healthy lifestyle can be difficult. I have found that reading reviews regarding restaurants and hotel prior to your arrival can be extremely helpful. I recently found a great site that had consumer reviews for the list of Las Vegas hotels I was considering ranging from their amenities offered, to the restaurants in the area, to the things to do in the city.

If your hotel offers a continental breakfast, fill up on fruit first. Fruit is high in fiber and vitamins and is a great morning choice.  Combine fruit with a high protein option such as eggs or meat and you will feel full for much longer.  Avoiding sweet breads and sugary cereals at breakfast will enable to you eat something with a higher calorie content later without feeling guilty for indulging.  Skipping sugary juices in favor of water is also helpful in maintaining a healthy caloric intake.

At a restaurant, eating healthy requires more determination but it can be done.  Many restaurants have their menus online, and it’s helpful to look it up to see what they offer.  Peruse the menu for dishes that include the words baked, boiled, broiled, fat free, fresh, grilled, high fiber, light, marinated, multi grain, reduced, red sauce, roasted, steamed, stir fried, vegetarian, vinaigrette, and whole wheat.  When ordering, don’t allow yourself to feel rushed but ask questions about possible healthier substitutions.  For side dishes, choose vegetables and if they aren’t offered, politely ask if it would be possible to include them in your meal.  If you’re not feeling confident about making healthy choices, just try to pick the most colorful meal option.  Generally speaking, colorful foods are healthier than their bland counterparts.

Applying an 80/20 rule for eating right on vacation can really assist with maintaining your weight while still letting yourself splurge while you’re out and about.  The rule is simple, 80% of your food consumption should be healthy, clean eating foods such as veggies, fruits, lean meats and complex carbohydrates.  The other 20% is yours to do with as you please.  Letting your guard down a bit while on vacation is no crime, but being strategic about when and how often to splurge is the key to coming home happy with yourself and your body.

Low Fiber Foods & Cancer

For today’s post, we have a guest blogger writing a great article about different foods that may or may not be beneficial during cancer treatment. For any individual going through chemotherapy, side effects may vary from person to person and make it difficult to know what to eat. Jillian shares with us some tips on how fiber and other foods interact with the body when undergoing chemotherapy. Jillian can be found at http://www.mesothelioma.com/blog/authors/jillian/bio.htm.

Look for a follow-up post on our favorite cookbooks and nutrient-rich recipes to help manage side effects when undergoing cancer treatment.

Why Low Fiber Foods Are Recommended For Some Cancer Patients

Cancer treatment programs can often require a complete reworking of a person’s lifestyle in order to accommodate for changes in environmental tolerances. Changes in diet are certainly a big part of this. Often, doctors will sit down with their patients before treatment and lay out exactly what they can expect to experience based on past experience.

Dietary requirements are likely to change based on the type of cancer and based on which parts of the body are being affecting at the time. Proper nutrition for mesothelioma patients may vary somewhat from a patient that’s receiving treatment for something like colon cancer.

Because common cancer treatments can affect fast-replicating tissues in the body, it’s typical that cells that make up the lining of the intestines can experience disruptions in their normal life cycle. This can cause bowel irritability and chronic diarrhea for patients that are currently on a chemotherapy regimen. It’s for this reason that many doctors will recommend limiting the amount of fiber in the diet and may recommend that the patient stay entirely away from certain foods.

While individual dietary specifications will largely vary from one patient to the next, most doctors will recommend that their patient avoid things like beans, peas, and corn. These are heavily fibrous and difficult for even a healthy digestive system to process. For protein, it’s recommended that patients stick to eggs and nut-based products like smooth peanut butter. If these aren’t suitable for the patient’s tastes, things like tofu can also be added.

What About Other Foods?

Dairy products certainly aren’t banned from a cancer patient’s diet, but it’s often advised that they be limited to small amounts. It’s common for people that normally enjoy milk or yogurt on a regular basis to feel less tolerant of it while undergoing cancer treatment. Those people should adjust their dairy intake according to what feels most comfortable for them.

While proper dieting can certainly offer a tremendous number of health benefits, it’s important to keep in mind that it probably won’t facilitate the treatment of cancer all by itself, without other forms of treatment. The key idea is to create a diet that gives the body everything it needs to continue functioning normally, but without creating discomforts likely to occur during treatments. After all, the better a patient feels from day to day, the more energy they’re going to be able to devote to getting better in the long run.