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What to eat while on tamoxifen

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Re: What to eat while on tamoxifen

Bellas Mum

 

I am the same, the only thing I have to avoid is grapefruit as apparently it interacts with Tamo, however I have not had any for the last two years as I am on a blood pressure tablet and had to avoid it because of that.  I absolutely love grapefruit especially the pink, so it was a hard thing to adapt to, but apart from that I have not made any changes to my diet as I hardly ever eat chocolate that is not a problem.  I would say the one change I have made is to ensure that I drink plenty of fluid each day which I found helpful whe going through my rads and I try as much as possible to keep up the 2 litres a day.xx

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That’s my attitude exactly, Bellas Mum!
Mu surgeon & oncologist said similar & simply advised avoiding weight gain & all else in moderation.
I have made some changes, such as increasing activity levels & stopping my old wine o’clock habit, but I still enjoy my 🍷 & feel comfortable about what I’m doing now.
ann x
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Re: What to eat while on tamoxifen

Hi All

 

personally, and I may get shot down in flames, but life is short and yes we have all had the dreaded C but having to be so particular about diet as well as the treatments etc.  I think it’s all about balance and trying to look after yourself but why be miserable and deny yourself something you enjoy. I do know that grapefruit reacts with a number of medicines but enjoy the chocolate, the wine and live. I am not saying that we should all be rolling around drunk but a nice glass of wine (or whatever your tipple is) won’t hurt. 

 

My GP said that Breast cancer is very common and there are a lot of factors to take into account and whilst there may be lifestyle or genetic factors, one will truly never know the catalyst. 

 

Best wishes x

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Re: What to eat while on tamoxifen

Your 'research' link is not to be trusted. There is no supporting scientific evidence for its claims. The links it gives are either from untrustworthy scientific papers or from complex investigations that are inconclusive and relate to very specific research in need of interpretation by an expert in the field. On the website author's own admission, they have been selected to suit the author's bias.

 

Reliable research evidence for the use of breast cancer patients will be balanced and will outline views from different research teams for and against hypotheses put forward. See Breast Cancer Care, Macmillan and Cancer Research UK.

 

If any of you are at all concerned about your diet, ask your BCN to refer you to an NHS dietician and raise your worries with them.

 

Don't rely on misleading information from the Internet such as this. You could easily be omitting important nutrients from you diet.

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Re: What to eat while on tamoxifen

Hi, M Stacey I started taking Tamoxifen in mid June 2018 and I have gained around 2kgs or more.  I am also retaining a lot of fluid and I exercise regularly and eat well.  What else can I do.  Its really depressing 

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Don't want to depress you but I have been taking Tamoxifen for a year. The first six months no change in weight but despite exercise and diet I have now managed to gain half a stone......DEPRESSING!!!!!!
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Sharnie  Interesting about the tomatoe juice,  hadn't heard that but will give it a try, anything is worth a go...

 

Takeadeepbreath    Loving the sound of your office..... we have a food table, we pay £5 per month and one of our lovely support workers eeks it out, she buys lovely coffee tea fruit teas etc (even beans for the machine) and lots of biccies crisp etc  (marvelous shopper).  I try to avoid the biccies and crisps.  Might have to have a word about the wine tho'...... I try to have just the odd glass of Pinot Noir (highest in Resveratrol) or a little glass of champers for special occasions.

 

Thankyou ladies for the advice, partiularly on what to avoid. 

 

Take Care  Gilly x

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Re: What to eat while on tamoxifen

Dark chocolate is actually supposed to be good for you so I have stocked up!
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I haven't changed my diet since being on Tamoxifen. I eat quite healthy anyway and don't drink alcohol that often. Might try drinking tomato juice as someone suggested it may help hot flushes. I thought I was past hot flushes as I haven't had any for several months until I started on Tamoxifen - I am post menopausal even though I'm only 47. I think if you eat a little of everything you can't go far wrong - just don't have treats every day but after what we have all been through I'm not stopping having the odd drink or two and love a bit of chocolate every now and then! Being fit and healthy and a non smoker didn't stop me getting cancer!
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Re: What to eat while on tamoxifen

I have never eaten so many leafy green vegetables since getting diagnosed! Any port in a storm. The blood test prep op revealed a potassium deficiency which surprised me so I've been making a conscious effort to eat well and am in danger of turning into one of those people I used to think were slightly mad.

 

This is going to make it hard at work where we have a "food table" for biscuits and chocolate which we all share. (And occasionally there is wine or even champagne in the office fridge!)

 

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Re: What to eat while on tamoxifen

HiKim,

 

I tend to agree with you, im more relaxed about what i eat and drink since i had cancer,  I was always a very healthy eater, ok i drank wine, but i rarely had a chip, a crisp and have never eaten a ,mcdonalds. Well im still not doing that,once a healthy eater always one, b ut honestly i am more relaxed as in spite of my healthy habits and never EVER smoked, and always been slim, i got cancer,  My dad who apart from not smoking broke ever other rule in book, lived to 98 and died of old age. june 

 

 

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Re: What to eat while on tamoxifen

Kiki I follow slimming world most of the time and have managed to maintain my weight, I lost a lot on diagnosis but have gained some now and feel better for it, my oncologist told me it was fine to have a drink so I've taken her advise! I'm not a great believer in food and drink having an effect on you getting cancer or not, my darling mum never smoke or drank and ate a healthy diet all her life but the bugger still took her at 60, another close friend died in February aged just 53 and again she wasn't a smoker or a drinker and I've always been fit and healthy but I still got cancer at just 46, eat, drink and enjoy I say!! Jo xx
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Re: What to eat while on tamoxifen

This is news to me! I've been taking tamoxifen for 4 months and not worried at all about what I have eaten or drunk! However I am a target Slimming world member just about managing to maintain so I guess if I'm following that plan it fits quite well with the recommended foods. Haven't given up alcohol though ! Xx
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Ladies , I've been on Tamoxifen for 4 months and been fine and..... I drink like a fish and eat what the hell I like!!! I've always been a rebel 😜
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Oh for the love of God!  No more cheese and wine! ! and only ONE Brazil nut

Jill I've been talking mine for almost 2 weeks have to nip out now but will give you the low down asap

sheena

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Re: What to eat while on tamoxifen

Its a mine field.I am building myself up to taking my first packet.
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What to eat while on tamoxifen

Check out this advice based on research.http://foodforbreastcancer.com/articles/what-should-breast-cancer-patients-and-survivors-eat-during-...

 

Avoiding peanuts is fine but alcohol?!