While you are having treatment, you may find that some foods don’t taste the way they usually do, or may make you feel unwell. If you experience side effects such as nausea, you may not enjoy some of the foods you usually do, or you may find yourself losing or gaining weight. In some cases, you may be told that there are certain foods you should avoid, or a particular diet you should follow. This may be upsetting if food and drink are linked to socialising, or if you have to give up some of the foods you love for a while. You may also find that you aren’t able to take part in your favourite sport, or you don’t have the energy to do the activities you previously enjoyed. This can be upsetting, and may cause you distress.
What you eat, and the physical activity you do, have a big impact on your wellbeing. A balanced diet and physical activity can boost self-esteem, mood, sleep quality and energy levels. When you are having treatment, you may not feel able to make choices about your diet and exercise, or you may not know where to begin. You might find it helpful to speak to a member of your TYA Team, who will be able to talk to you about your diet and exercise.