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stage IV diet was posted 12/31/2010 08:50 pm by Anonymous
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Honestly? Whatever she wants to eat. Anything. Getting calories and nutrition in is the most important thing. Even though diabetic, no strict diabetic diet - adjust insulin to her eating regimen.

Try to get as many calories a day as possible. Try to eat high protein. Squeeze in milk with every meal, nuts/smoothies/yogurt/cheese as snacks.

Not a huge amount of very very high fat, but fat is great for calories so we don't limit. Fortunately, she can tolerate the fat and no clear digestion problems. And as we have to deal with diabetes too, it is nice to not only get calories from carbs to help her sugar control a little.

Boost+ drinks occasionally for extra nutrition.

Sure - fruits with breakfast and snacks, greens with dinner most often. But sometimes they don't appeal. No avoiding of meat. Actually, for some bizarre reason meat appeals to her now and it is PACKED with protein so as often as she wants. No avoiding spicy foods - sometimes she feels food is bland with chemo and spice can help.

Multivitamin everyday. Calcium/vitamin D since we have bone mets. Iron for ongoing anemia with chemo. Vitamin C to help Iron absorption. Magnesium.

Food is a simple pleasure in life. Few pleasures are sometimes left once this disease takes hold of your life. So on the days when my mom does not have nausea, has an appetite to eat, I make her absolutely anything that she wants to eat.

And then I nudge her constantly to eat more snacks. Mostly high protein/high nutrition.

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