1st Food Request After RAI/LID Diet Ended

After the RAI, my husband was instructed to continue the LID for 48 hours.  He made a special food request- for his first "regular" food (after the LID), he wanted a huge glass of skim milk and a slice of Chocolate Chip Cake- an easy to make cake that we have made for over 25 years!

In the 48 hours following his RAI, he has experienced a low level of nausea (even though he has been taking a prescription anti-nausea pill as a preventive), extreme fatigue, and achy throat/salivary gland area.  At the 48 hour point, his sense of taste is unaltered.  We do anticipate this to change since most RAI patients have taste issues for weeks or even months afterward.

I baked his cake request and found some leftover birthday paper products in the pantry.  Decided to include a candle to mark the BIG event- he was delighted!


Here's the 25 year old recipe:

Chocolate Chip Cake


1 yellow cake box mix (any brand- even store brand)
1 sm. box instant vanilla pudding mix
8 oz. sour cream
4 eggs
1/2 cup of oil
3/4-1 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Use Pam cooking spray to prepare a Bundt pan or tube pan.
In a large bowl add the first five ingredients and mix for about 3 minutes with an electric mixer.  Pour the chocolate chips in and mix by hand.  Pour the cake batter (it will be thick) into the prepared pan.
Bake for about 50 min. or until a toothpick, when inserted, comes out clean.



Update:   At 72 hours after the RAI, my husband was quite nauseous.  This started about 36 hours after the RAI.  He started taking the anti-nausea rx medications as a preventive at the time of the RAI dose.  He continued to take prescription medication in an attempt to control this side effect.   His sense of taste continued to be unaltered- his primary complaints included nausea and extreme fatigue as well as a pressure/fullness in his throat.  (Update:  On the 4th day post RAI- the nausea has dissipated some but, he experienced the sense of taste change for the first time- a cup of cereal with skim milk tasted like "soap.")
Update 2:  My husband's sense of taste returned at about 6 weeks.  Up until that point, most foods/drinks- even water tasted like "soap or fishy" according to him.  It was gradual- not an overnight return to normal taste.
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The main food my husband wanted when the RAI nausea began was Potato Soup.  This recipe could be easily altered for the LID but, here is my quick two ingredient Potato soup recipe---I call it Emergency since usually it's what my family wants as comfort food after a hard day or when they don't feel well:

Emergency Potato Soup

-2 refrigerated 24 oz. pkgs. of mashed potatoes (or garlic mashed potatoes---or you can use homemade fresh or leftover mashed potatoes--- I have done it all and it all works! Store brand/sale mashed  potatoes  work fine.)
-32 oz. carton of chicken broth/stock

Place the two ingredients in a large stock pot. Stir- will be a thick bisque consistency.  Bring to a slow boil on medium heat and continue to stir- do not burn!  Eat as is or add in any combination of the items below.   Keeps well in refrigerator.  Serve with warm crusty bread and/or side salad. Everyone who has eaten this- raves about it...little do they know how easy it is to prepare!  OUR SECRET!

Optional Add-Ins or Garnishes


-roasted garlic
-steamed fresh or frozen chopped broccoli
-1/4 c. cream
-dried /fresh chives
-shredded cheese
-cooked/crumbled bacon
-cooked/chopped leftover chicken
-sour cream
-chopped green onions, etc.


28 comments:

  1. this was very helpful to me, as I started my diet April 1 and will have the rai April 17. I am very anxious, trying to stay positive. Wishing the best health for your husband and thank for taking the time to write this.

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  2. Thank you for this wonderful blog! I am now on day 2 of the low iodine diet and am awaiting the scheduling of the RAI sometime in the next few weeks. Your husband is blessed to have such a supportive wife. Best wishes and many blessings to you both!

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  3. inspiring.thank you for your blog. has helped me with cooking for young girl on the LID diet. with blessings for good health always!

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  4. Thank you for your blog. My daughter will start a LID in a couple days. I was overwelmed looking at the allowed/not allowed food list and when I came across your blog it was such a relief. This is a tremendous help as I am planning meals. Many blessings to you and your husband.

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  5. Oh My goodness thank you for sharing your receipes after my surgery and going thru my first 2 week no iodine diet it was so difficult for me. Now its been 1 year and I have to do 2 week diet again and this is so very much helpful. Thank you so much I feel so much better already. thank you!

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  6. GOD IS WITH US!!!

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  7. Thank you for your blog. It will may my second 2 week diet less stressful

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  8. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!! God Bless your family. This is a huge help.

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  9. Thank you for your blog. I do my RAI on monday and like your husband I already have my regular food request but I will wait until my taste buds are normal

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  10. Thank you so much for your wonderful blog. It has helped me tremendously! While on the lid and during the rai I felt horrible, very tired and like a I had motion sickness. No pain which I'm thankful for but I have never felt so sick in all of my 42 years. Now that my treatment is over I'm feeling so much better.
    Thank you again for sharing your story and all of the fabulous food info.
    Your chocolate chip cake is a hit with my family. I've got one in the oven right now which I will finally get to try.
    Making a few for my sons football team later this week as well.
    Wishes for a happy and healthy future for you and your family!
    With love and gratitude,
    Krista Henson
    Antioch, CA

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    1. Hi Krista- You made my day! So glad you found the blog helpful. Best health to you and your family- Sonya

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  11. Nice work on the blog. Starting LID today, RAI in two weeks. This will help greatly.

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  12. Thanks for you menu. This will be a great help. My husband will start his in a week. We just had a Whole Food Store to open, so I will have to go check it out. Glad your husband is doing great.

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  13. Thank you so much for all your research and meal planning, my husband age of 38 will be going thru RAI but first the diet, this has helped out greatly ! I am going to try an get some of the meals prepared in advance an frozen as we both work full time and have 5 very active children. Glad all went well with your husband and once again thank you !!!

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  14. Thank you so, so much for sharing your and your husband's experience with RAI. This journey can be overwhelming at times not knowing what to expect. Praise the Lord your husband continues to be CANCER Free!! I have found your blog to be very helpful as I take this journey one day at a time. I just started my LID yesterday. I plan on making your chocolate chip cake to celebrate the end of my LID:))

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    1. I wish you good health! Hope you will enjoy this cake as part of your "My LID is OVER" celebration :)

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  15. thank you so much for your help......;)

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  16. Thank you for all of your time to do this site. I think you both should be submitted to People magazine for their Hero articles or any article on heros. To take time do this for others who are going through the same thing is truly amazing. I am 37 getting ready to start my diet on 12 29 2014, having four small children I am trying to keep this simple and successful. Thank you for the pictures to see the products, the pics are so helpful. Your site has helped ease my worry, may you both be blessed for helping so many when you didn't have to.

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    1. Thanks for your note- we do wish you a successful LID and good health! Best to you and your family- Remember: YOU CAN DO THIS :)
      ps. See the link for my LID pinterest board on the right side of the page under Useful Resources- you find some other meal ideas- and one last piece of advice- prepare meals in quantity or ahead of time and freeze- such a help so you don't have to start from square one in the kitchen each day- Best to you- Sonya

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  17. Can't begin to thank you enough for this blog. I am about to start my LID diet and have been overwhelmed by all the restrictions and conflicting information. All of your suggestions have been so much help!! I am currently having sciatica problems and can't walk or stand a lot, so this is going to be a challenge, but I am trying not to slip into depression. Thanks again for all the time you put into this--what a labor of love!

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    1. Thanks for your note. I do wish you the very best- so sorry you are having sciatica problems!
      You may have seen these tips- but, just in case- you find some of these helpful:
      -Cook and freeze as much as you can ahead of time- so much easier to defrost something than prepare something when you are not feeling well or pressed from time. You are less likely to make a LID ingredient mistake, if you prepare ahead of time.
      If there is a recipe you think you will enjoy, prepare a double batch and freeze in meal size portions.
      -Ask friends and family to prepare recipes for you. Give them a bag of LID approved ingredients and a recipe and ask they use only the ingredients you have provided.
      -For variety, think of ways you can prepare ingredients once for multiple meals- ex. if you are making hamburger patties, also saute a portion of the ground beef that you could later add to pasta sauce or use for a LID version of nacho toppings- all of this could be frozen for later.
      Best health to you! Sonya

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  18. Thank you so much for sharing this blog! I had my dose today not knowing what to really expect & what to eat, but this was very helpful! Thank God for you & your husband! Many blessing to you & your family! I pray for continued health for you & your family!!

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  19. Thank you for sharing your experiences! Especially about the nausea and fatigue..they make it seem like it is rare:) I am on the 4th day post RAI so I can resume full diet...taste so far has been ok. But I am nauseated and tired. I really enjoyed your blog! Thank you..and God Bless!

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  20. Thank you for your time on this blog. My husband is dreading the LID diet for year checkup. The dessert recipes he wants to try right now, he starts diet Memorial Day, 2017. The receipts a are so easy, I will tell all who need this! Patti Marsh Glendale AZ

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  21. Thank you for your time on this blog. My husband is dreading the LID diet for year checkup. The dessert recipes he wants to try right now, he starts diet Memorial Day, 2017. The receipts a are so easy, I will tell all who need this! Patti Marsh Glendale AZ

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  22. Thank you for your time on this blog. My husband is dreading the LID diet for year checkup. The dessert recipes he wants to try right now, he starts diet Memorial Day, 2017. The receipts a are so easy, I will tell all who need this! Patti Marsh Glendale AZ

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  23. Thank you for your time on this blog. My husband is dreading the LID diet for year checkup. The dessert recipes he wants to try right now, he starts diet Memorial Day, 2017. The receipts a are so easy, I will tell all who need this! Patti Marsh Glendale AZ

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    1. Hi Patti- Thanks for your note. I wish your husband the best with his LID. If the blog has helped in any way, I am glad. Sending wishes for good health. Sonya

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