Nausea and vomiting are one of the most common symptoms, especially as a side effect of chemotherapy. Nausea can cause unpleasant sensations in the stomach, make you feel like sick , in turn, lead to vomiting. Vomiting is caused by strong contractions of the stomach muscles, which cause the stomach contents to rise.
The intensity, frequency, and timing of the onset of nausea or vomiting is variable and individual and depend on many factors, such as prescribed drugs, dosage, and individual susceptibility.
Breathe deeply and slowly and wait for the discomfort to subside before eating anything.
When eating, it may be useful to leave the window open to let fresh air in or to use a fan to reduce odours and promote a feeling of freshness.
After meals, sitting or lying down with the upper part of the body straight for up to an hour may help avoid nausea or vomiting.
Avoid certain sauces, aromatic herbs, hot spices, etc., as they may promote nausea.
Ginger and mint can have a calming effect on nausea. Either fresh or powdered, both can be added to herbal teas, ice cubes, jellies, ice cream, popcorn or on top of foods such as bread, salads, pasta or in cooked dishes.
Normally, dry foods are better tolerated. For example, toast, crackers, breadsticks, rice and corn cakes, nuts, banana chips, dried coconut, etc.
If odours are very bothersome, avoid cabbage or cauliflower, and cook in ways that generate fewer smells, such as cooking en papillote, microwaving, boiling, or marinating.