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Mon Jul 17, 2017, 10:18 AM

Update on recovery

My focus is food. I have been experimenting with foods. So far I have found Okra to be a way to help swallow different foods. Some people hate the sliminess of Okra, but for us recovering from cancer of the neck and tongue, it is a blessing.

I fry my Okra with a Panko and flour coating. I dip the Okra in catsup to add moisture. Frying masks the sliminess.

Two other foods I found to be perfect. I skinned and roasted some Eggplant. I made a Tahini sauce (Tahini, lemon juice, garlic powder, and water. It is a marriage made in heaven. I am so glad I can handle Tahini. That opens up a whole new world for me.

When I need some greens, I grab some leaf lettuce and eat as is. I add a bit of salt to counter any bitterness. A catsup and mayo dip works well, and it doesn't need much.

Roasted chickpeas are terrific, and a good source of protein. Corn tortillas seem OK.

Israeli Couscous goes down easy.

So progress is being made, I just have to pay attention to my weight. A tub of Baba Ganoush is in my future if I lose too much weight.

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alfredo Jul 2017 OP
Bayard Jul 2017 #1
alfredo Jul 2017 #3
onethatcares Jul 2017 #2
alfredo Jul 2017 #4
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Response to alfredo (Original post)

Mon Jul 17, 2017, 11:39 AM

1. Recovery?

I don't know the history, Alfredo, but glad you are feeling better. Can you have dairy, like yogurt, cottage cheese, ICE CREAM?

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Response to Bayard (Reply #1)

Thu Jul 20, 2017, 10:21 AM

3. Milk products like ice cream cause a lot of coughing. Cheese turns into sand.

I had cancer of the base of my tongue and neck. I lost taste buds, but they are coming back. Salivary glands are taking their time recovering.

I haven't tried cottage cheese for a long time.

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Response to alfredo (Original post)

Thu Jul 20, 2017, 07:45 AM

2. i cooked for my wife

and there is a "cooking light for cancer" available.

Best wishes dealing with this, all of you

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Response to onethatcares (Reply #2)

Sun Jul 23, 2017, 05:11 PM

4. My wife has stepped up for me in the cooking department.

Today I had Fried okra without breading, Black Bean Hummus and corn tortillas. I'm still taking food by my tube. Today I only will have 3 cans of 2Cal. I might try some roasted brussel sprouts later. I really like the leaves that fall off and become crisp.

I seem to have difficulty with meat. I might have to eat it with okra to make it easier to swallow.

Try Emeril's Braised Chicken Thighs. It is savory and easy to eat.

My cancer is at the base of my tongue and neck, so eating has been difficult.

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Response to alfredo (Original post)

Tue Jul 25, 2017, 06:19 PM

5. Baba Ganoush is the word for today.

Eaten with bread, it makes a complete protein. Read up on its nutritional value and consider adding it to your diet. It is easy to make. It's just eggplant, tahini, and lemon juice. Garlic is a real enhancement to the dip. Eat it with pita or any bread you have. Hard Italian rolls might be too wonderful for words.

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