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How To Manage Fatigue

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Everyone needs a good, balanced diet, with enough calories, protein, fruits and vegetables. This can be particularly difficult when fatigue decreases appetite or the ability to prepare a meal.

Conside the following tips:

  • Try to eat complex carbohydrates, such as grains and vegetables, which provide a great deal of energy.
  • Try small, frequent meals throughout the day - particularly foods that are easy to eat.
  • Cooking
    • When you feel well, prepare extra food that you can freeze in individual sized packages for the days you do not feel well.
    • Reduce the energy required for clean-up by cooking in aluminum foil and eating with disposable plates and utensils.
  • Keep grab-and-go snacks around such as yogurt, cracker, nuts, peanut butter and crackers..
  • Drink 8 - 10 glasses of water a day to help your body maintain hydration and to eliminate the waste products of treatment. The waste products may be associated with fatigue.
  • Consider supplements such as Ensure.
  • Make a smoothie in the morning and safe half for la ter in the day.
  • Consider consulting a nutritionist or dietician to create the appropriate nutritional plan for your particular situation.
  • A multivitamin is usually recommended to assure you receive enough vitamins.

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NOTE: Check with your doctor or other health care provider before starting any new regimen, including taking herbs, vitamins or other supplements.

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