Foods to reduce side effects of cancer treatments

The following foods are useful to reduce the side effects of cancer treatments:
basil
for when your taste buds are off or you have a sore throat or irritated mouth
bay leaf
helps provide relief from abdominal cramps and gas. Can have a soothing and relaxing effect on the digestive tract
black pepper
stimulates the taste buds to signal the stomach to produce acid for digestion
caraway
promotes appetite and soothes digestion
cardamom
helps a whole range of digestive issues associated with chemotherapy including constipation, gas and stomach ache
cayenne and chilli flakes
these are appetite stimulants and digestive aids
cilantro and coriander
good if you have an upset stomach or nausea and helps with anxiety
cinnamon
great for soothing the stomach, and keeps blood sugar balanced
cloves
aids digestion
cumin
appetite stimulant and digestion aid - relieving cramping and upset stomach
fennel
soothing to the stomach
ginger
consider this your first choice for nausea reduction and calming the digestion.
mint
helps to make foods that don't taste quite right, more palatable. Relieves indigestion
mustard seed
promotes salivation which promotes appetite and can help prevent indigestion
oregano
aids digestion
parsley
aids digestion and stimulates the appetite
peppermint
makes the entire GI tract happy! Relaxes abdominal and stomach muscles, thus relieves cramps, decreases gas and aids overall digestion
rosemary
improved digestion, circulation and immune function
saffron
aids digestion
sea salt
appetite stimulant
turmeric/curcumin
helps most digestive disorders
When nausea makes you want to stop eating

Here are some ideas on what to do if you don't feel like eating because of nausea:
  1. One of the best things that can help with nausea is ginger. See this blog post for a couple of suggestions
  2. Try soothing teas such as peppermint, chamomile and red raspberry
  3. Drink 1/3 cup of warm water with 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 teaspoon of honey
  4. Eat plain, raw pumpkin and squash seeds
  5. Eat mainly starches like rice, crackers, dry toast, oatmeal etc. The food should be low in fat and bland.
  6. Minimize cooking so as not to create lots of smells as this can make nausea worse
  7. Eat cold or room temperature food to reduce odors
  8. Eat and drink slowly
  9. It often helps to put some dry toast or crackers at your bedside at night and eat a little of this before you get out of bed in the morning
  10. Eat small amounts, frequently
  11. Drink plenty of fluids through the day, but not during meals
  12. Try drinking through a straw
  13. Fruit popsicles are often easily eaten and enjoyed and calm a sore mouth
  14. Don't try cooking or eating one of your favorite foods. The body may come to associated it with nausea and you'll no longer enjoy it.
  15. If you need to rest after eating, make sure you keep you head higher than your feet.
When food tastes odd

A side effect of some treatments is that food begins to taste odd and you stop enjoying it. Here are some hints from Rebecca Katz on how to improve the taste:
if food has a metallic taste
add a little sweetener, like coconut nectar and a squeeze of lemon. You could also try adding some nut butter or nut cream
if food tastes too sweet
start by adding 6 drops of lemon or lime juice. Keep adding it until the sweet taste become muted
if food tastes too salty
add 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice
if food tastes too bitter
add a little sweetener like coconut nectar
if food tastes like cardboard
add some sea salt until the flavor moves to the front of the mouth. Add a spritz of lemon juice too.