It’s been a funny old week – definitely not the amusing type.
I am now in to my second week of cycle 1 of chemotherapy and have experienced some odd and some deeply unpleasant (won’t go in to that!) effects. Changing tastes:
Firstly I have absolutely no appetite – a novel and curious feeling for a devout foodie.
Secondly – for a few days when I did feel the urge to eat it was for foods I never normally eat. I longed for shop bought fish, chips and mushy peas – the combination tasted like nectar! Another night I sent my poor husband to the shops to buy a tin of Baked Beans (reminiscent of a pregnancy midnight raid!) and wanted only beans on toast with cheese on top. This, unlike the fish ‘n chips, was a total disappointment – unsure whether my tastes are changing or just that I have not eaten processed foods for so long.
I have gone off tea and coffee and am enjoying powdered skimmed milk as a hot drink!
I am seeking much stronger flavours – no subtlety to my palate at the moment.
Somethings I eat have no flavour yet I can smell them. Flavour is the combination of taste -what your taste buds pick up (sweet, salty, sour, bitter and potentially umami) and the smell of the food. The roof of my mouth seems to be completely inert at the moment (the same feeling when you have burnt it). The roof of the mouth is the palate – and presumably where the terms palatable / having a pleasing palate come from. I can only assume this change is what is affecting my dietary choices and experiences.
All very odd and quite fascinating … as long as it settles down!