These suggestions are presented roughly in hierarchical order. The key with getting through chemotherapy treatment sanely, however, is to always remember that you should only do what you can. Don't make yourself crazy trying to perfectly follow any set of suggestions. For this reason, I have phrased the ideas below as "if possible..."
When in doubt, eat like someone would have in your area in the 19th Century.
Eat nothing you can't pronounce. Whenever possible, avoid preservatives.
If possible, use only all natural cooking surfaces, such as cast iron, stone, and glass. Avoid nonstick and aluminum. This is also true for food storage containers (pyrex makes very nice glass food storage containers).
If possible, avoid the microwave. Better to reheat on the stove or in the oven.
Whenever possible, buy and use minimally processed foods.
If possible, buy locally farm grown products. Macrobiotic principles emphasize eating in harmony with the natural cycles of your environment. Local, farm grown produce may also have better nutrients if allowed to ripen on the vine.
|All-purpose white flour||Unbleached flour, unbleached whole wheat flour|
|White sugar, processed brown sugar, artificial sweetners||Turbinado sugar, cane sugar, honey|
|Margarine or fake butter spreads||Real butter|
|Processed meats or sausage||Organic or other minimally processed meats|
|Processed lunch meats||Make a roast at home and slice for sandwiches|
|Plastic food storage containers||Glass food storage containers|
|Tefflon(R) and other artificial non-stick surfaces||Seasoned cast iron or stoneware as natural nonstick surfaces|