Food Preferences and Safety

Thank you so much to all of you who want to help out!  There are some things to remember when offering food.  Since Mike will have chemo, his ability to fight off infection will be greatly diminished.  Therefore, it is VERY important that we all take the following precautions:

  1. Be sure to wash your hands with soap and warm water before and during the preparation of any food.
  2. Please use a separate cutting board for meats of all types.
  3. Keep cold foods cold and warm foods warm.  If the item will be sitting for any length of time, keep it in your refrigerator, and I will cook it at our house when it is time.
  4. Focus on high-protein, savory options.

After week #2, Mike may have a hard time swallowing.  Please think about foods that are easy to swallow such as:

  1. Stews (with chicken or meat)/chilis that are cooked for a long time so they slide down the throat.
  2. Roasted chicken or turkey (well cooked).
  3. Egg dishes of all types, including deviled eggs.
  4. Mashed potatoes with sour cream, butter and/or cauliflower so they slide right down!
  5. Smoothies.
  6. Smoked salmon, sashimi, oysters (if they are small).
  7. Well cooked vegetables.
  8. Slow cooked soups – especially creamy soups such as potato, or high-protein soups with beans.
  9. Cream pies, custards, ice cream.
  10. Appetizers such as hummus, soft cheese style, and others that are easy to pick up and eat in small portions.
  11. Soft casseroles, such as macaroni and cheese.

We will want Mike to eat high calorie, highly nutritious foods, so foods with peanut butter, butter, cheese, milk, bacon bits (small), mayonnaise, whipped cream, and brown sugar are good. (Although I might gain a ton :))

Mike will likely lose some sense of taste, so items that add good food aroma (like slow cooker meals) to the home help as well.

This is a great guide for those who want more information: FDA Food Safety for Cancer Patients Guide