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Weight loss and highly hormone sensitive cancer

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Herewego
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Re: Weight loss and highly hormone sensitive cancer

Hi Waveylocks, sorry about the link.

If you Google or search Amazon for Michelle Harvie (the main author) you'll find the books written on the subject. In essence it's 5:2 fasting diet with more emphasis on mediterrenean foods and it's also a bit more descriptive on what's allowed and what is not.

Thanks and good luck with your plan too. Here's to a healthy 2016 !!

 

waveylocks
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Re: Weight loss and highly hormone sensitive cancer

Thanks Herewego. Hope you had a lovely time.

I tried the link but it no longer exists....

Good luck with the new food plan though 😊😊

And a Happy New Year!!!🍾🍸🍸

Herewego
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Re: Weight loss and highly hormone sensitive cancer

Hi Matty2 and Waveylocks,

thanks for replying and also for your great tips. I too need to reduce carbs and install portion control to kick start my weight loss after xmas. 

I heard about Genesis breast cancer diet (https://genesisuk.org/2_day_diet/) through BCC event and might give that one a go when I go back to work - I find it easier to have the fast days while at work as I'll be too busy to eat anyway 🙂

 

Good luck with your weight loss efforts and have a lovely xmas x

 

waveylocks
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Re: Weight loss and highly hormone sensitive cancer

I too have worried about weight. Am on Letrozole. I lost a stone during chemo as was so poorly but since on Letrozole put it back on. As I have an underactive thyroid asked my specialist what food plan to follow. He recommended low carbs. Essentially this mean you cut out starchy foods: rice, pasta,bread and potatoes but eat fruit, veg, meat, dairy and fish. No extra sugar. This stops sugar levels spiking. Effectively also cuts all the fast/convenience/high sugar foods out.

 

 

Am enjoying it, never feel hungry, easy to eat out in restaurants but more tricky in a cafe. No calorie counting or weighing of food involved.  In a month have lost 9lbs which is good steady weight loss. I only have to eat a tiny bit of grain and on goes weight again! So clearly I don't need it. Drinking plenty of fluids keeps me regular -plenty of fibre in veg. 

 

Also using my pedometer to build my walking up -plenty of hills where I live. Fingers crossed can shift another stove and a half and keep it off! 

Matty2
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Re: Weight loss and highly hormone sensitive cancer

Hi there

I lost over 3 stone and think if I hadn't I would probably not have found my cancer at such an early stage.

Once ops and treatment were under way and Letrozole kicked in I put on  a stone and was strongly advised to lose weight by the medics back to where i was before cancer.

I am really struggling with that but am determined to do it, so far have lost half of it but it is very slow.

Rarely have more than 1 slice of bread a day, don't have spreads/butter etc. No sweets BUT I do have cake treats every now and again when I have had success.

 

I do go to Weight Watchers and have a lot of encouragement from them. I am beginning to feel good about myself now - boob and foob are looking good, body is beginning to look better and the clothes I bought when I lost the weight are beginning to fit again - it's like having a new wardrobe

 

I feel better in myself and more hopeful of the future - yep the side effects from Anastrozole are unpleasant, but I'm getting there.

This time last year I was having the first of the ops ...........

 

 

Wendi
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Re: Weight loss and highly hormone sensitive cancer

Hi Feisty Flora
As another golden oldie I just want to say how much I identify with everything you have to say. I could have written it myself! You really are an inspiration. I am just starting out on my journey having had full node clearance last week and radiotherapy and Letrozole to come with a 60/40. chance of chemo. Most of my problems are to come and I just hope I can be as positive as you are. I'll know more on the 14th of July. Thankyou for taking the time to write in .
Love and best wishes. Wendy xxxx
Herewego
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Re: Weight loss and highly hormone sensitive cancer

thank you Ash and Feistyflora for your encouragement and tips.
I need to get my plan together and start low level exercise now while the actual dating have to wait until my chemo is finished.
I'll probably try to the Genesis 5:2 breast cancer prevention diet as I had some success with the normal 5:2 diet before.
Good luck with your weight loss endeavours x
feistyflora
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Re: Weight loss and highly hormone sensitive cancer

I fully understand your anxiety, I really do. My ER was also 8/8 but I actually lost several stone in weight during treatment because a side effect of my chemo was that all food tasted foul! I had been "in denial" pre-diagnosis - I told myself I was only a couple of pounds overweight but in reality it was more like a couple of stone and some - getting cancer was a real wake up call!!! I could kick myself now for letting myself get fat and I won't kid you, the idea of putting the weight back on again and the cancer coming back frightens me too. I finished all my treatments several months ago and I take Anastrozole every day.  I have kept my weight steady by eating sensibly. I feel much, much fitter now than I was pre-diagnosis - hopefully you will too. My personal choice has been to give up cows' milk - I find coconut milk a good substitute and you can buy it in the supermarkets (or almond milk etcetera if you prefer). The diet I follow is this: porridge made with water (and sultanas for sweetness) in the morning, or as 'home-made' muesli, or an egg, scrambled or boiled, or some beans on wholemeal toast spread with marmite (not butter).  I eat a 'normal' meal (meat or fish and cooked veg, mash etc) at lunch time but watch my portion sizes and no longer feel that I must clear my plate (a bad habit that has taken me years to break because I was told to think of the starving children in Africa who would be glad of it - just a pity I couldn't have got it to them!)  In the evening I eat a large salad with some protein (oily fish is good but go easy on the cheese). I also exercise every day for an hour (including weights to strengthen my bones because Anastrozole is not 'bone-sparing' apparently) although I realise that not everyone has time to do this.  I avoid ALL cakes, biscuits, sweets and ice-cream and eat a wide variety of fruit instead.  (I have a couple of squares of really good quality dark chocolate a day and a bit of popcorn sometimes as an occasional treat) I only eat wholemeal bread. Lots of roughage not only keeps you regular but makes you feel full!  I try hard not to snack after the last meal of the day (if I do I make it a 'sensible' snack). By the way, did you know that if you search the internet you can find out what foods are pro-oestrogen and which are anti-oestrogen?  Perhaps I am a bit extreme in this way - I avoid tomatoes now whereas I used to love them but this is just my personal choice. Some foods are also reputed to speed up metabolism (see internet) and I eat these too. I had a free health-check recently and my BMI was 24 and my blood pressure only 112/60 - not bad for a 'golden oldie'.  Oh, one more very important thing - I weigh myself EVERY SINGLE DAY, FIRST THING IN THE MORNING - it is much easier to 'tweak' your diet by cutting back just a little the next day to lose one or two pounds than leave it a week or so and try to lose that extra half a stone! I really hope I have been of some help to you because it works for me. All the best Heart

Ash66
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Re: Weight loss and highly hormone sensitive cancer

Hi there

I don't have advice I'm afraid but I have thoughts along the same lines. I put on weight during chemo between inactivity, comfort eating, steroids etc. I had a lecture from my bcn re reducing weight and body fat as fat makes oestrogen. I was then prescribed tamoxifen of which one of the main side effects is weight gain. I had terrible menopausal symptoms with it so was then given megace to try which is an appetite stimulant. This makes no sense to me at all. I've now stopped taking any of the drugs and instead have changed my diet and joined a gym. I'd rather reduce my body fat and get healthier overall than take more drugs when there is no guarantee that you'll benefit from them anyway.
Herewego
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Weight loss and highly hormone sensitive cancer

Hello ladies,

I'm still going through chemo (3 more weeks to go) followed by rads but am thinking ahead. My bc is highly hormone sensitive (8/8 for both ER & PR) and I found my big lump after losing 15kg of pregnancy weight.

 

Given that I've now put back on all that weight plus some more, I'm worried that when after treatment I try to lose weigth again the cancer could come back since the fat cells will release ER.

 

Has anyone else had anything similar and what advise where you given, how did you cope with it all? Thanks