What should I eat if I have cancer-related nausea?

If nausea is a problem in the morning, try eating dry foods such as toast, crackers, or dry cereal before getting out of bed slowly.

Eat foods cold or at room temperature. Eat four to six small low-fat meals based on these foods:
  • Dry toast, pretzels, or plain crackers
  • Yogurt
  • Plain, unsweetened cereals
  • Lean meat or skinned poultry that is baked or broiled
  • Fruits and vegetables that are soft and mild flavored such as canned or cooked vegetables and fruits, or bananas
  • Pasta, rice, or potatoes that are baked or boiled
  • Sherbet or angel food cake
Here are several tips to help with nausea during cancer treatment:
  • Eat bland foods that are easy on your stomach (crackers, toast, yogurt).  Avoid foods that are fatty, very sweet, spicy, or have strong odors.
  • Eat slowly.
  • Eat 6 small meals a day instead of 3 larger meals.
  • Don't drink liquids with meals, drink only between meals.  Slowly sip liquids all day long so you don't get dehydrated.
  • Talk with your doctor about medication to control nausea.

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