FEC does horrid things to your tastebuds - for a week after treatment anything sweet or bland is distinctly unappetising - and after they found my gallstones I had to cut out things like crisps and cheesy mash, luckily my sister-in-law said "what about Marmite?"

Cheese Oatcakes and Marmite

When I've had my chemo
and I'm feeling 'under the weather'
cheese oatcakes with Marmite
help keep body and soul together!

© Samantha Newbury October 2011

Some other good (wheat-free, lower fat, higher fibre) Chemo foods are:

  • Nairns Cheese Oatcakes (with or without Marmite)
  • Nairns Oaty Bakes (mini oatcake crisp substitute)
  • Nairns Stem Ginger Oatcakes (really nice dunked in peppermint tea)
  • Buderim Ginger Nibbles (v.good for the icky taste bit of FEC and nausea generally)
  • Peppermint Tic-tacs (ditto)
  • Haribo Tangfastics (ditto)
  • Low-low Mature Cheddar Spread with Cracked Black Pepper
  • Sainsbury's Freefrom Pitta Breads
  • M&S Chicken with Mushroom Risotto
  • M&S Carrot & Swede Crush
  • Batchelors Chicken & Mushroom Soupfulls
  • Lemon Sorbet
  • Nakd Cocoa Mint raw food bars

And to drink:

  • Twinings Organic Peppermint Tea
  • Twinings Lemon & Ginger Tea
  • Chicken Bovril
  • Marmite (mixed with hot water - bit of an aquired taste but definitely savoury!)

And then there was my guilty pleasure - Fry's Peppermint Cream bars - I bought four each week from the hospital shop and had a whole bar on chemo day and half a bar a day the rest of the week!