Here is a close look at some appetite stimulating foods that will deliver essential bio-chemicals to trigger the appetite of cancer patients:
#1. Avocados are especially important as an antioxidant as they help repair tissue. They contain natural vitamin E which is known to counter bad estrogens and balance the cholesterol, as well as meet the “good fat” requirements your body needs. If we don’t consume enough good fats, then our metabolism suffers, and we lose energy.
Healthy, uncooked fats also enhance the overall culinary experience, and they have a nice, smooth texture that is easy to consume. Avocados are usually available year-round. Even though they can be costly, they are worth their weight in gold. Plan to incorporate avocado into your daily diet. For more tips download the Budwig Guide.
#2. Aloe Vera, while not usually considered a food, it is actually a type of sugar that tastes bitter and the healing benefits aloe vera provides are extremely important after cancer therapy. Including aloe in smoothies along with avocados will help to heal damaged tissue and fight viral infections. Fresh aloe vera contains over 200 nutrients! Add it to your diet today and increase your rate of recovery.
#3. Bananas are hydrating and offer electrolytes that help to maintain your health and energy. They are naturally sweet, but they are balanced when consumed with dark leafy greens in a smoothie. Bananas not only make the bitter greens taste better, but will also give you the needed appetite stimulus − plus the nutrients.
#4. Sweet potatoes and carrots are also important antioxidant foods that will stimulate your appetite while delivering beta-carotenoids. These are vitamin A compounds that build tissue and contribute to your eye health and digestion.
#5. Freshly made nut butter, without preservatives, will increase your fat and protein intake while delivering a creaminess to your cuisine. These are very important to give you energy and build your cells to help you recover.
#6. Gluten-free grains such as buckwheat, quinoa, and whole oat groats will also stimulate your appetite.
#7. Cruciferous vegetables are an essential part of the bitter foods group that increase your appetite while building up your immune system. They are high in antioxidants and have antiviral and anticancer components. So, you can feed your body with powerful nutrients while stimulating the desire for food simultaneously. Cruciferous veggies include kale, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts, and spinach.
#8. Olives are also important bitter foods that contain specific fatty acids to heal your body while increasing your metabolism. Olive oil has been highly acclaimed for centuries as a vital food in the Mediterranean. Now the world is catching on to the extraordinary health benefits of olives and olive oil.
Try to get your olives and olive oil from an organic source that is as minimally processed as possible.
#9. Bitter substances such as lemon juice, vinegar, sauerkraut, wine, and bitter herbs like rocket and mustard will also stimulate the flow of gastric juices and saliva to induce hunger. You can make a salad with just lemon juice and olive oil as a dressing to enhance the flavor of the greens and vegetables.
You don’t have to consume a lot of these items to get the response you need. A little of the bitter foods and herbs will go a long way. Be creative by adding as many as you can to each meal for variety.
Meal Preparation Tips For Cancer Patients
If undergoing conventional cancer treatments it is important to eat small meals, but more often. Try consuming a nutrient dense smoothie for one meal and a few hours later try some sun-dried fruits (without sugar) and untoasted nuts. Then you can have lunch made with salad greens, bitter herbs, apple slices, and berries. Add the lemon and olive oil dressing with a pinch of cayenne pepper and avocado, and you have an exceptional nutrient-dense meal.
Once you get started on eating this way you will wonder how you ever lived any other way. This change of diet will increase your sense of taste, smell, and appetite. It will help you heal while making you feel good.
Here’s a recipe to get you off to a good start. Sauerkraut is unique because it incorporates the cruciferous vegetables, bitter herbs and spices, lemon juice, and probiotics for good gut health all in one. As an added bonus, this recipe is very easy to make.
Recipe to Restore Appetite: Seven Day Sauerkraut
Yield: Two 16-ounce jars
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
- 4 cups of green cabbage, finely shredded
- 1 cup of shredded carrot
- ¼ cup of leek, sliced into half moons
- ¼ cup of diced sweet pepper
- 6 Tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
- Spring or filtered water as needed
- 1 Tbsp of fresh ginger, minced
- ½ tsp of turmeric powder
- ¼ tsp of cayenne pepper powder
- 1 Tbsp sea salt
- Prepare the 1-quart mason jars by washing and rinsing with boiled water, including the lids. Dry and set aside.
- Place all the fresh ingredients in a large bowl.
- Add the spices, lemon juice, and water. Massage the spices into the vegetables.
- Spoon the sauerkraut into the jars evenly. Add water to cover the sauerkraut by one inch. Cover with a cheesecloth or tea towel and leave on the countertop for three days to allow fermentation to begin. Mix occasionally to ensure even distribution of the fermentation.
- After three days, cover with the lids and store in a cool, dry place. Make sure there is still 1 inch of liquid above the vegetables. After seven days, checking the fermentation process each day, the sauerkraut should be translucent. If not, allow it to ferment one more day. Now it is ready to eat. Store in the refrigerator to slow down the fermentation after opening. Enjoy!
✓ Sauerkraut is excellent as a side dish or in a salad.
✓ It can be eaten alone as a main dish with some fresh cucumber, tomato, and broccoli sprouts on the side.
✓ Use as a base for vegetarian sushi.
✓ Delicious on healthy, gluten-free crackers.