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vegetables was posted 02/27/2009 11:56 pm by ClaudiaR
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My mom was told to be careful with vegetables as they were harder to digest. And she was told not to eat tomatoes. In the end, my mom found it very, very difficult to work up an appetite and so the real truth was that my mom and I were constantly trying to figure out what didn't make her feel nauseated even to think about eating. For my mom, that meant breakfast-type foods (in very small amounts), and bland pasta type foods. My mom found that she preferred things with a citrus tang: For example, ice cream repulsed her but she liked sherbet. Pasta was OK if it had a lemon sauce. She ate very, very small portions. One day she asked me to go buy this canned spaghetti she remembered my little sister liked in grade school called Franco-American=Spaghetti. This made me laugh as my mom was not the sort of person I could picture eating canned spaghetti, but her taste buds totally changed when she had cancer. She also felt utterly depressed if she had too much food on her plate. I would put tiny amounts on and this cheered her. Presentation of food became important, and not overwhelming her with food became important.

If a patient can actually be thinking about various foods and what to eat and wanting to eat things to gain weight, etc., I think that's a great sign. For my mom, it really didn't apply as she mainly had a full, slightly nauseous feeling and I was absolutely thrilled when she had half a waffle, say. Claudia

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