I need recipes to help my dad....think easy on the stomach

KookyCurlKookyCurl Registered Users Posts: 1,980
Ok, so I know I've mentioned before but my Dad is battling with esophageal cancer which has also spread to his liver. He's had most of his esophagus and stomach removed. Lately he's having trouble eating. Prior to this he'd been slightly altering his diet but now really needs a change. Because of his stomach size I'm looking for filling but not too heavy foods. Anyone have any leads? He loves food and loves too cook so I'm trying to find ways to preserve this but help his stomach feel better and by extension help him feel better.

Spices seem to be bothering him lately, though I'm not sure if that's just because they've gone overboard on them or not. Yesterday he had a simple turkey and cheese sandwich in a pita and while he ate it and it stayed down, I could tell the flavor was blah to him. I'm looking for ways to incorporate flavor while staying on the easy to digest/packs a nutritional punch side.

My plan is to start bringing dinner down there once a week or so, since he can be a bit pig headed about trying out what he may see as a "boring" recipe.

So if anyone has any ideas, I'd really appreciate them!


  • LotsawavesLotsawaves Scottsdale, AZRegistered Users Posts: 9,777 Curl Virtuoso
    (((HUGS))) My father had this, but it didn't spread to his liver. I don't think he changed his diet, at all. I wish I knew what he could eat, but I don't. Maybe talk to his dr about what he can't eat and we can come up with some dishes that will work for him.
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  • KookyCurlKookyCurl Registered Users Posts: 1,980
    Thanks Lotsa.

    I think he's finally just getting that his stomach can't handle him eating like he always has. He's usually a meat and potatoes, lots of spice, hearty eating kind of guy. He also loves to cook so the adjustment has been hard. Also, he hates feeling like a "patient" so the fact that he has to eat oatmeal and uninteresting food lately is wearing on his mood I know.

    I know he was supposed to see the dr last week so I'll see what the results of that are. I've just been wracking my brain for blandish, easy on the tummy foods that still have some flavor. I also realize I've totally thrown myself into this "project" as a way to proactively be able to do something for him. Keeps me busy and away from worrying!
  • The New BlackThe New Black Registered Users Posts: 16,754 Curl Connoisseur
    So sorry about your dad. Can he do desserts? How about Ambrosia or Watergate salad?
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