I've lots over 10 lbs in the past few weeks. It's a great diet: don't eat or be on a liquid diet for two weeks. You'll starve but the results are great!
When I first checked in to the hospital 26 days ago (yes, I'm counting) they wouldn't let me eat for 3 days because at the time we thought it was a gall bladder problem, and eating aggravated my pain. I was also getting lots of different tests that required me to not eat beforehand. In total it was more like 3.5 days and oh boy was I happy when they finally let me eat after that last test!
Then of course I was just on a liquid diet, but liquids are much better than nothing, right? Finally they moved me up to mushy foods - applesauce, mashed potatoes, and I decided ice cream could be included on the list because it melts, right? So it's still technically a liquid. Anyway, they finally put me on a full diet again, except of course for those pesky tests that require you to be NPO (= no food since the night before).
Then of course I started chemo, and all bets on food went out the window. Not only does chemo make you nauseous, but it changes your taste buds so that everything tastes different and most things taste terrible or vaguely metallic. Even water tastes bad, which is ridiculous of course because water doesn't have any flavor, but I can assure you, it tastes really bad after chemo.
The best thing about being in the hospital getting chemo is that you can eat whatever you want and you are actually encouraged to eat as many high calorie foods as possible. That means LOTS of ice cream! It's so funny because at some point I (an all girls) learn that you're supposed to minimize your calorie intake - don't drink juice because it's empty calories, only have ice cream once in a while (unless you are on vacation and then you can have it as often as you want, right Leesa?), eat lots of salads, etc. Well, when you're barely eating anything, people shove high calorie foods down your throat. The nutritionist keeps telling me to drink milkshakes (fine by me!), because water tastes so bad I drink a lot of juice, and I'm not allowed to have fresh fruits or veggies right now because I have almost no white blood cells (risk of infection from things that live in dirty soil that can carry bacteria). I'm stuck with milkshakes and ice cream and grilled cheese sandwiches. Tough life, right?
I have some foods that I always like to eat when I have chemo, usually my mom's homemade mac and cheese (awesomely cheesy), lasagna, and matzah ball soup (I'm Jewish, that's what we eat when we're sick). One chemo round I couldn't get enough tomato stuff - tomato soup, tomato sauce, lasagna, anything tomato-ey. This round I really haven't wanted any of those foods, except for matzah ball soup. I've been enjoying string cheese and grape juice. Kind of like wine and a good French cheese, right? Has living in France changed my chemo cravings?
I love being able to eat whatever I want without guilt for clogging my arteries and worrying how I'm going to work off the calories. I don't need to work off the calories! I'm still losing weight and they keep telling me to eat more. Keep supplying me with ice cream and I am happy to oblige. Really, if it weren't for the whole feeling sick thing, chemo would be awesome.