Cookies for friends in chemo
August 25, 2011 12:01am CST
When I started my chemo I was told what to eat and what not to eat, because chemo attacks also good cells, specially the ones that reproduce quickly (such as the skin and intestine lining). A subproduct of all this change in eating habits id that you have trouble in the toilet and need more fiber. I started to check nice ways to eat fiber. I drink now a mug of broth midmorning and add to it a spoofull of instant oatmeal and take a lot more water than before. And thinking of oatmeal, I decided to have oatmeal cookies at hand. The second batch I made was with an addition to the recipe and they turned out wonderful. I added those cereal looking packages of pure fiber. I crushed the fiber and beat it in the dough. THe cookies are crunchier and they tasted awesome. I thought I´d share as I have seen that many mylotter have or have had cancer and others want a diet to slim down (and these inventions will be good snacks). Anyone care to try them? They are yummy!
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28 Aug 11
I was advised a high fiber diet, but couldn't adapt to it - here's why: Post my surgery, I was put on a high fiber diet - this was fed directly to my stomach through tubes, but then complications crept in within a couple of days and there was sepsis and then for the next 4 weeks or so, I was on 6 drips - 2 each on my wrists forearms and sides of my neck - I was not allowed even a drop of water, let alone solid foods during that period. 4 weeks, with great fear, I swallowed my first sip of fresh apple juice, and it was almost another 10 days before the doctors could convince me to try a solid diet. It was more than a couple of months after that, that I started eating 4-5 small meals everyday. Since I was too weak, the doctors decided not to prescribe chemo or radiotherapy for me. I am a vegetarian and the doctor wanted me to start eating eggs and meat so that I could put on weight and gain strength-I refused and somehow or the other managed to gain weight and strength with a vegetarian diet. I was always into sports - I was a medium distance runner as a young man - 5000 meters was my favorite and I was a mountaineer - I have climbed a few peaks in the Himalayas, I have done a bit of boxing at university level, besides which I have a very high threshold of pain - I think these factors contributed to a strong constitution and my survival. Today 9 years later, I find that I am stronger than many people ten or more years younger than I am. I have continued a mild exercise regime - I try and walk briskly at least 3-4 kilometers a day as opposed to the 20 kilometers that I used to run when at a stretch I practiced for the 5000 meters and the 1500 meters races that I took part in. But Slim down? I can't-now I am back to the 87 kilos that I was a year before I was diagnosed with cancer (93 kilos at that time). I have tried Oatmeal with milk, cereals too, but somehow or the other I end up with a feeling of fullness initially even with the smallest of helpings, sometimes just a couple of tablespoons only and then when the hunger hits after sometime, the feeling is terrible - the scar tissue of the surgery feels like an ever tightening belt around my stomach region and then my back starts hurting a lot too - so I try simple stuff like a couple of slices of bread with a dab of butter with a lot of vegetable slices - tomato (a fruit actually), cucumber, onion,potato (high carb) beet (again high carb and high sugar), etc.
29 Aug 11
My case is different as I´m on chemo. I am not a vegetarian, but my diet has now little meat as with chemo, cholesterol levels rise. I am using no butter in my bread as butter is animal fat. I changed that for olive oil, sometimes with a bit of dry crushed oregano. I´m using oatmeal in small quantities in broths and like it a lot (instead of rice or pasta to thicken it). But I don´t like the traditional oatmeal with milk and prefer something that feels easier to swallow.
1 Sep 11
The butter in India is from milk fat - I didn't say that I am a vegan - we do eat animal produce, but not animals or their eggs, some people consider fish and sea food as vegetarian, we don't, no flesh of other motile creatures and creatures from the animal kingdom for us, no eggs, that's our concept of vegetarianism.
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28 Aug 11
I read the other discussion that you started about these cookies and I will admit that they sound good and it might be something that I will try and feed to Tom because he always has a lot of problems with going to the bathroom for a few days after his treatments. He only has four more treatments to go through, so we really don't have a lot longer to go, but I'm willing to let him try anything that might make things easier for him through the next two months.
29 Aug 11
Chemo has that problem too. So as I love to cook, I started experimenting with food that would help and be natural too. I also make broths (with cheap poçieces of chicken, turkey or fish) with leek and carrot (the carrot may be used for a salad later). I add instant oats to a mug of the broth and take it to my computer instead of coffee. The doctor told me to drink lots of water and broth can be part of that liquid as you start hatihçng everything after some time.
3 Oct 11
These cookies are very easy to do, Deb. I use my small electric oven to make them. In fact, I haven´t used the big oven for years. I imagine your digestive system is better now with no chemo. But these cookies (plus other foods and drinks ) have helped me some with the post chemo difficulties.
11 Oct 11
Hi Deb, This week I will have another bone marrow test. Last wek I had a scan, but I will get the results tomorrow when I go to the hospital for blood tests. I did not want to have a bad weekend, just in case. On Wednesday I have the appointment with the doctor and it´s chemo and bone marrow test on Thursday and Friday. I´ll try to get the doctor to give an order for a night at the hospital as noone can be with me on Thursday night and that bone marrow thing is not what I most like. A lot of what will happen to me later willdepend on those tests. Let´s hope for the best. I just discovered that my doctor friend specialises in ovarian cancers. So, if you want to know anything, I can ask him. He´s the best in my country, by the way. He´s my closest friend and I feel that his wife is as close as a sister. Take care!
25 Aug 11
hello, you are right, oatmeal is one of the best source of fibers, I think you just have to add more, try simple boiled oats in the morning with a little bit of cream or honey. Yes fiber in dough would be good for the pallet but it may contain too much oil, since it is a pathogenic condition that we are dealing with right now and more (fibers) could mean better, try also fiber dietary supplements in capsules and available in health stores because it's concentrated and you get fiber it its purest form, just a suggestion friend and all of us here continue to pray that you get well soon
25 Aug 11
They sound delicious and ever so good for you! I wonder if there are many recipe books out there especially for folks going through treatments such as chemotherapy. It would be a great idea to have something to help produce delicious foods that contain what the body has been deprived of through chemo. The cookies you describe would be very good for you.
25 Aug 11
THere are a lot of people who have problems and need more fiber. Many of them recurr to laxatives and get addicted to them. That is not healthy at all. But learning how to eat more natural fiber can be a good idea. My gransddaughter found my cookies awesome and wants a batch made for her to take to the university as snack.