Party foods to boost energy?


Question from IndiraS: I'm in the middle of chemo and I've already been invited to a lot of holiday parties this year. I'm worried about fatigue. Are there any typical party foods I can look for on the buffet table that will boost my energy?
Answers - Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. Fatigue is a big concern all the time.
Jennifer Sabol, M.D., F.A.C.S. Fatigue certainly is a concern during chemotherapy, and the biggest combatant to fatigue is to get enough sleep, even during the holidays. As for foods that you should avoid, again, everything in moderation. But keep in mind that foods that are high in fat tend to make you feel more lethargic and rundown, just as foods that are very concentrated in sugar may provide a short energy boost with a quick let-down, as well as making you feel jittery.

Editor's Note: Learn more about eating to reduce fatigue.
Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. The best research actually shows that maintaining a level of exercise during chemotherapy will reduce or minimize the fatigue you will experience. So even during this busy holiday season, take time to exercise on a daily basis to whatever level you can do. Even push yourself a little bit.
Jennifer Sabol, M.D., F.A.C.S. Good luck in completing your chemotherapy. I'm sure the end of chemo is well within sight.

On Wednesday, November 15, 2006, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Eating and Drinking Through the Holidays. Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. and moderator Jennifer Sabol, M.D. answered your questions about how to stay healthy during the most hectic, high-calorie time of year.

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