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  • Eat healthy snacks. These include:
    • A piece of fruit with a few crackers and one piece of cheese.
    • Low-fat yogurt or low-fat cottage cheese with a piece of fruit.
    • A breakfast bar with a glass of low-fat milk.
    • One or two carrots or stalks of celery with peanut butter or cream cheese.
  • If you have a tendency to gain weight:
    • Space the times you eat and drink throughout the day.
    • Eat and drink slowly and don't do anything else, such as watch TV, while you are eating.
    • Put your food on a smaller plate.
    • Drink one 8 fl oz (250 mL) glass of water half an hour before each meal.
    • Eat foods that are low in calories, such as fruits and vegetables.
  • Take daily vitamins if you have not been eating a balanced diet.
  • Add extra fiber to your diet by choosing whole-grain breads and cereals that have at least 2 grams of fiber in each serving and by eating cooked dry beans and legumes. Drink plenty of water, if you get constipated easily or are taking a medicine that causes constipation.

Some medicines may require you to change your diet. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about whether you may need to make changes.

This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: January 11, 2013
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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