Sometimes eating is just a pain. I’m not sure exactly when I lost my appetite. It wasn’t to avoid nausea. It might’ve been because of a lack of exercise or the chemo drugs’ effects or my disinterest in making any kind of effort in the kitchen.
Whatever the case, I found it easier to toss cereal and milk into a bowl for a meal! At least the milk’s nutritious, right? My (very basic) strength and energy levels started to wane so I made a change. Since it’s detrimental to my progress to do enough exercise to grow muscle tissue, I decided I’d better try maintain what I have. My logic: Chemo kills tissue. Protein rebuilds healthy tissue.
Here’s a list* of 10 foods highest in protein:
- Turkey (and chicken) breast – 30g of protein per 100g
- Fish (tuna, salmon, halibut) – 26g of protein per 100g
- Cheese (low-fat mozzarella, cottage cheese) – 32g of protein per 100g
- Pork Loin (chops) – 25g of protein per 100g
- Lean beef and veal – 36g of protein per 100g
- Tofu – 7g of protein per 100g
- Beans (mature soy beans) – 17g of protein per 100g
- Eggs (especially the whites) – 13g of protein per 100g
- Yoghurt, Milk, Soy milk – 6g of protein per 100g
- Nuts and seeds (pumpkin, squash, almonds) – 33g of protein per 100g
*Always consult your doctor first before making changes to your diet because every patient’s needs are different from the next.