|Dinner and Lunch Salads|
As one of the comments on yesterday's Grocery budget post noted, good nutrition will definitely be important, especially when I'm undergoing chemotherapy. The person commenting was concerned my grocery budget might not be enough to make sure my nutrition needs would be met. As I stated in my response to the comment, my primary care physician and the oncology nurse both recommended high protein meal replacement drinks when I am on chemo, partly because I will probably not have much of an appetite, and I have stocked up on some of them, already, and I will get more as I go along.
I also mentioned that daughter (who is studying nutrition as part of her epidemiology studies and works part-time at a nutrition policy research center) has suggested I keep a food diary, so that's something I will be doing, as part of making sure I have adequate nutrition.
I have never been very good about menu planning, but I can keep track of what I ate each day. It might not be very precise, as I don't really measure my food.
Yesterday, I had a cup of coffee (with milk) and a banana for breakfast; the last piece of pizza for lunch; and a scrambled egg with a slice of toast for dinner, followed by a slice of toast with butter and my homemade strawberry jam for dessert. Sadly lacking in vegetables!
Today, I had a cup of coffee (with milk) and a bowl of cereal (without milk) for breakfast; a glass (6 oz.) of orange juice at mid-morning; and for lunch, I had rice and Thai chicken with vegetables, with a piece of cornbread for dessert. I had 2 ginger cookies at tea time (but didn't drink any tea). And for dinner, I had salad.
Pictured above is tonight's dinner and tomorrow's lunch: salad, made with approx. 1/3 of the head of lettuce, cut up; 1/3 cucumber, sliced and cut up; 2 carrots, grated; 1 apple, peeled and cut up; and a handful of cashew nuts; with French dressing.
Tomorrow, I might have a peanut butter sandwich for breakfast (or reheat the 2 pieces of French toast I have in the fridge), the salad for lunch, some grapes for a snack, and I'll decide on dinner after I come home from work. There's rice, chicken curry and broccoli in the fridge that I could have for dinner, or, if I want something else, I could cook one of the frozen fish fillets and have that, instead.
Today, I woke up with the intention of going to the office, but felt very tired. So, called in and stayed home, instead. I am thinking that the increased antibiotic dosage is to blame for the tiredness. I had a relaxed day at home and took a nap in the afternoon.
I didn't spend any money today.
Today, I am grateful for:
- Being able to call in and take a day off, if needed
- An afternoon nap
- Aunt and friend calling to check on me
- Sunshine and a warmer day than yesterday
- Video chatting with daughter
Have you kept a food diary? How do you ensure you have good nutrition?