Cancer: “I Can't Even Stand the Smell of Food”
- Let someone else do the cooking.
- Have food prepared outside your living area.
- If smells such as brewing coffee bother you, try putting the coffee maker or toaster in the porch or garage, if it can be done safely.
- Use prepared foods from the freezer that can be warmed at a low temperature.
- Choose foods that do not need to be cooked, such as a cold sandwich, yogurt, cottage cheese, pasta salads, cheese, etc.
- Order deli foods or other pre-cooked meals.
- Let hot foods cool off before eating them. They have less aroma when cool.
Things to Avoid
- Do not cook foods with a strong smell such as pot roasts.
- Do not fry foods.
- Avoid eating in a room that is stuffy, too warm, or has cooking odors or smells that disagree with you.
If you are a UW Health patient and have further questions or concerns, please call the nutritionist at the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center, (608) 263-9128.
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Last Updated: 08/14/2012
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