If you’re still working during cancer treatment or just heading back to work after cancer treatment, you may very well know the struggles of keeping up with a healthy and well balanced diet due to the limited time, energy, or resources you have available. These include not having typical breaks at work, having a standard office job, or having proper storage and equipment to reheat your meals. Recently I came across an article in Cure Magazine called How to Eat Well at Work During and After Cancer that provided the following helpful tips.
Here’s what you can do:
- Find healthy fast food options. For example, a salad, grilled instead of fried foods, whole grain breads in place of white, or fruit options as a side when available.
- Bring easy and speedy options like pre-cut and washed or frozen produce items, rotisserie chicken, or hot bar/cold bar food options.
- Use the Crock Pot or Instapot at home to prepare meals to bring to work.
- Try batch cooking. You can store food in the freezer or fridge and heat up as needed. Some people cook days to weeks worth of food in one sitting.
- Buy some healthy frozen meals for later grab and go use.
- Ask your family for help with cooking or meal prep.
- Prepare for how to plan for stressful work situations or occasions that may contribute to a habit of unhealthy choices. For example, limit to one serving instead of two or even using mindfulness techniques.
- Avoid foods that made/make you sick while receiving your treatment.
- Have healthy snacks on hand like nuts, seeds, protein bars, nut butters with whole grain crackers, and dried or fresh fruit. This is especially helpful if there isn’t a microwave, fridge, or set break times available for you.
For more on the topic, read the article here.
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I am a big fan of your work. I just wanted to say I feel honored that you wrote a new post based on the recent article in Cure magazine of which I was featured in along with two other oncology dietitians.
Hi Katy! Thanks so much! I’m glad that you find my blog helpful : ) Appreciate your contribution to the article!