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12 large muffins
140 g (1 cup) whole wheat flour 70 g (1⁄2 cup) unbleached white flour 65 g (1 cup) wheat bran
15 ml (1 tbsp baking powder
2.5 ml (1⁄2 tsp) baking soda
1 ml (1⁄4 tsp) salt
5 ml (1 tsp) ground cinnamon
1 egg 180 ml (3⁄4 cup) buttermilk (or 125 mL/1⁄2 cup yogurt mixed with 60 mL/1⁄4 cup milk)
125 ml (1⁄2 cup) canola oil
125 ml (1⁄2 cup) brown sugar 30 ml (2 tbsp) molasses 120 g (1 cup) unpeeled apples, grated
110 g (1 cup) carrots, grated 85 g (1⁄2 cup) dates, pitted and chopped 50 g (1⁄2 cup) walnuts, chopped30 ml (2 tbsp) sesame seeds* 30 ml (2 tbsp) pumpkin seeds*
* You can roast nuts and seeds, it’s even tastier: in a preheated oven at 180°C (350°F) for 8 to 10 minutes or in a small skillet, dry and over medium heat, watching them to prevent them from burning.
Fibre is a carbohydrate found in plants that is not digested or absorbed by the body. Dietary fibre has many benefits and can be a true ally, especially after a breast cancer diagnosis:
Despite its many benefits, too few Quebecers get the recommended daily fibre intake of between 20 and 40 g.
Where is fibre found?
Foods that are rich in fibre include:
How can you ensure you get enough fibre?
Canada’s Food Guide recommends the following:
Tips for gradually increasing your consumption of a wide variety of fibre-rich foods:
Depending on your situation and if you suffer from a digestive pathology, ask your doctor or dietitian for personalized recommendations.
Some drug treatments for breast cancer can cause constipation, diarrhea or both alternately. Adapting your fibre intake to your needs is an integral part of the strategy for managing digestive side effects.
Your healthcare team will try to find the cause of your digestive symptoms and suggest ways to treat it. You could also try the following complementary measures.
Votre équipe de soins tentera de déterminer la cause de vos symptômes digestifs et vous proposera des façons de la traiter. Vous pourriez également essayer les mesures complémentaires suivantes.
Some medications used to treat breast cancer or manage side effects can cause constipation.
These tips can prevent or help better manage constipation:
Depending on your situation, your healthcare team may recommend commercial fibre supplements or medication to help relieve constipation.
Chemotherapy drugs target fast-reproducing cells. Because the digestive tract is lined with rapidly dividing cells, they can be damaged by treatments. This is why diarrhea is a common side effect of some chemotherapy. Diarrhea can also be exacerbated by stress and anxiety, certain intolerances, or personal sensitivities.
Severe and/or prolonged diarrhea can lead to dehydration, weight loss, fatigue and electrolyte imbalances. If you have more frequent, watery bowel movements or if you have pain or cramps, talk to your healthcare team right away. Management may include medication or an infusion, combined with certain dietary measures.
A few tips to prevent dehydration and avoid making diarrhea worse:
Ask your healthcare team when you can resume your usual diet after your last bout of diarrhea.
Please note that the Quebec Breast Cancer Foundation offers only general information, which is not a replacement for your healthcare professional’s recommendations.
Your healthcare professional can help you make an informed decision that is right for you, based on your personal situation and your dietary habits.