Feeling Fatigued

Fatigue is the most common side effect of cancer treatment and it can be difficult to battle. It is more than just “being tired”. Fatigue is a daily lack of energy that you can feel throughout the whole body. Complex and varied factors cause fatigue even after breast cancer treatment is completed. If you’re fighting fatigue it is important that you get enough protein as well as total calories. Vitamins and minerals will also aid in fighting fatigue.

  • Cook in bulk: when you are feeling better and have the energy, make a large batch of something nutritious and freeze in single serving containers.
  • Eat more when feeling well: try to eat your biggest meal when you have the most energy and biggest appetite
  • Eat snacks throughout the day to boost your energy
  • Add cheese to meals for extra protein
  • Use milk instead of water when possible to increase protein
  • Eat hard boiled eggs
  • Add several kinds of beans to soups or chili for more protein

Protein is your best defense to fatigue. Increase your protein intake by eating lean meats, fish, poultry, dairy products, nuts, dried beans, and soy!

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