What can I do if I am too tired to prepare a meal?

Fatigue is a common side effect of cancer treatment. Even if you are too tired to cook there are always other ways to eat healthy meals and snacks.

You could cook a ready-made meal, frozen meals, or buy meals from a meal delivery service – there are a wide array of nutritious and tasty options available.

Ready-made meals

Instead of home-cooked meals and snacks, you could opt for ready-to-eat meals from the supermarket or from the freezer. You can also use canned or frozen products to reduce time.

You can make your own ready meals by cooking a double serving on days when you feel better or ask for help from friends and family. You can store the extra portions in the refrigerator for 1–2 days or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Help and meal services

You could ask friends, family, or a carer to provide snacks or cook meals for you. There are also various organisations that can bring meals to your home. You can find out whether there is a meal service in your area on the internet. You can also check with your doctor or dietitian to see what options are available for you.

Getting online supermarket deliveries will make it easier to stock up your kitchen with quick, easy-to-prepare food. Many of them also now offer deliveries within the hour, although you do pay more for the privilege.

> Read more about how to cope with the side-effect of fatigue

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