I am reprinting a partial list of healthy diet tips oriented towards cancer nutritional issues. The list was submitted by reader Suzane Smith who works on the blog RadiographySchools.org. The first 50 tips dealt with cancer prevention. I thought that the second half of the list would be more relevant to Being Cancer readers. Be sure to read the last paragraph which stresses the importance of a balanced diet in fighting cancer. Claims about particular foods or very restricted diets are usually not supported by strong scientific evidence and tend to be anecdotal. Relying on them could have negative impact on your health. Have a great weekend. Dennis
Best Blogs and Sites for Cancer Cooking
The below blogs contain tons of tips for not only cooking to fight cancer, but to living a healthy life as well.
51. Cancer Project Recipes: With a weekly recipe specially formulated for cancer patients, you are sure to find something tasty and easy. You can also get an online meal planner, shopping lists, and even links to cancer cooking classes in your area.
52. Andrew Weil, M.D.: Famous for his appearances on Oprah, Dr. Weil has a great deal of healthy living information on his massive site. Listen to a podcast, get expert vitamin information, tips on herbs, and much more. Make sure to check out the food pyramid for what and how much you should be eating.
53. Prevention TV: This video source contains expert advice from a doctor and cancer survivor. You can also get tips on exercise, faith for healing, and more.
54. Recipe Corner: The AICR brings you this amazing recipe database. Type in the word of a specific ingredient, and it will give you an array of recipes including it. You can also choose by category and get a guide to reading nutrition facts.
55. Nutrition Hotline Online: Got a questions about a specific food and specific cancer? Then send it in by email for an expert answer within three days. You can also call the toll free line to get regularly updated tips.
56. Sloan Kettering: The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center is a leader in cancer treatment and provide a free guide to herbs, botanicals, and related products. Find out which herb or supplement is right for you, along with the ones to avoid.
57. Diet and Nutrition: The American Cancer Society provides this massive resource listing the best foods for cancer fighting. Get information on everything from acidophilus to Willard water, along with a ton of other cancer resources.
58. Prevent Cancer Foundation: Located in Virginia, this foundation contains tips and tools to improve your diet. In addition to eating well, you can get information on preventable cancers, quitting smoking, and even free materials.
59. Eating Well When You Have Cancer: The Canada Cancer Society has a great deal of resources for cooking for cancer patients. Make sure to view the recipes, watch for side effects, and get the Canada Food Guide.
60. Cancer and Nutrition: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is a world renowned name in cancer treatment. Get a guide for healthy eating, tips for prevention, and related articles by visiting this site.
61. Diet, Lifestyle, and Breast Cancer Risk: Cornell University did a study on the link between nutrition and breast cancer and published their results here. Watch the video, get a fact sheet, and learn about this devastating disease from a leader in research.
62. Eating Hints for Cancer Patients: The National Cancer Institute has diet tips for before, during, and after treatment. They also provide information on how to find a registered dietician to help with your dietary needs.
63. Healthy Recipes: The Mayo Clinic offers this resource that allows you to browse through hundreds of healthy recipes. Choose from main ingredient, course, and even recipes for special diets.
64. The World’s Healthiest Foods: This site gives tons of preparation tips on foods for fighting cancer like strawberries, vegetables, and seafood. Get loads of recipes, cooking tips, how to heal with food, and more.
65. Healthy Recipes and Meal Ideas: The Food Network brings you a variety of recipes, tips, and videos to help in your fight against cancer. Get healthy eating for salmon, vegetarian, whole grains, vegetables, and more.
66. Nutrition During Treatment: The Diet Channel offers a list of articles containing relevant cooking tips for cancer prevention. You can also get answers to common questions, along with other cancer fighting resources.
67. Cooking With Cancer: This program is designed specifically for care of those afflicted with cancer, care givers of the patients, and all of those who work in the healthcare industry. In addition to recipes and tips for healthy cooking, you can get news, education, and even enter a recipe contest.
68. 20 Healthiest Foods That Aren’t: Just because it says reduced fat, low sugar, or diet doesn’t mean it’s good for you. Learn which foods cancer patients and preventors should avoid, along with related articles.
69. Kayln’s Kitchen: Anyone who needs to cut carbs or fat can be greatly helped by this blog with a South Beach flair. Get recipes for cancer fighting foods such as salads, vegetables, grilling, grains, and more.
Tips to Gain Weight
Many cancer patients can undergo extreme weight loss, which is dangerous to their health. Below are some tips for sneaking in some extra calories.
70. Don’t drink fluids or have soup or salad before the meal. It will fill you up on foods that are low in calorie density and leave you feeling fuller faster.
71. Eat on a large plate, which will keep your portions from appearing overwhelming. It’s okay if the portion appears too small, just tell yourself to go back for more.
72. Have friends or family with you. People tend to eat more when in groups, and it’s never a bad idea to sample a few bites off someone else’s plate with their permission.
73. Go to a buffet. With endless portions and various selections, cancer patients can find a variety of tasty and healthy options. Go to Zagat if you need the name of a good buffet in your area.
74. Get out more. Know of a picnic, barbeque, or party? Then go and find an array of freshly prepared food and people to eat with.
75. Do something as you eat. Any distraction, such as movie, television show, or phone conversation can distract you into not thinking about how much you’re eating.
76. Appearance counts. You might love turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing, but if it is all the same color, it won’t be as tantalizing. Try mixing it up to get more food and more appetite.
77. Use ginger. Many cancer patients experience nausea, and ginger is a simple, natural way to combat it. You can take tablets, drink ginger tea, or eat the garnish off of sushi.
78. Add, add, add. Sneak calories into meals by adding a little extra. Try avocados in sandwiches, wheat germ in cereal, and powdered milk on toast.
79. Don’t subtract. If you can’t stomach a whole meal, eat a snack. Skipping meals over a long period can shrink your stomach and wreck your appetite.
80. Change your exercise. For those up for some exercising, trying cutting down on the length of any aerobic or cardio activities and increase the intensity. This will help you keep the healthy weight and lose the excess.
81. Pump iron. If feeling well enough to exercise, try adding in some weights. It will build muscle mass in a healthy way and help you put on a few pounds.
Best Cookbooks for Cancer Prevention
Cancer patients, as well as people who just want to eat right, will find tons of easy, delicious, and disease fighting recipes in these books.
82. Beating Cancer with Nutrition: This book and accompanying CD provide a multidisciplinary approach to treatment based on scientific studies and clinical experience. Dr. Quillin is a medical professional who discusses conventional therapies (chemotherapy, surgery), alternative therapies (macrobiotics, herbal and vitamin therapies), and even gives recipes using foods known to slow tumor growth.
83. Anticancer: A New Way of Life: After undergoing chemotherapy and surgery for brain cancer, Servan-Schreiber asked his oncologist if any lifestyle changes would prevent a relapse; the answer was no. Believing this to be wrong, he spent months researching a mass of scientific data on natural defenses against cancer. Get the results in this book.
84. Eating Well Through Cancer: Designed for cancer patients and their family, these easy-to-follow recipes focus on foods to ease symptoms during treatment. With an oncologist’s chapter introduction, doctor’s notes, menu planning, tips, nutritional analysis, and diabetic exchanges, it serves as a guide for nutrition before, during, and after cancer treatment.
85. Crazy Sexy Cancer Tips: Kris Carr, a young actress and photographer, found out that her hangover was actually a tumor riddled liver. Chapters in her book cover changing social life, appearance, and essential health tips on how to boost your immune system, young survivor support groups, and recipes.
86. One Bite at a Time: Chef Rebecca Katz shares delicious, nourishing recipes for cancer patients. Those who experience culinary ups and downs because of restrictions, poor appetite, and damaged taste buds from harsh treatments will benefit from this book.
87. Betty Crocker’s Living With Cancer Cookbook: Many recipes are from patients and include nutritional and fiber information color-coded to indicate which side-effects it helps. A Q & A section answers common questions, such as “Why am I too tired to eat?” and is followed by recipes such as Berry-Banana Smoothie.
88. American Cancer Society’s Healthy Eating Cookbook: A leading force in the fight against cancer, you will find over 300 simple recipes from the ACS. There are also celebrities and bios, along with tips for shopping and for in the kitchen.
89. The Taste for Living Cookbook: Michael Milken is a prostate cancer survivor and owes it to his diet. His book offers a guide to identifying the foods known to help fight cancer, presenting ways to eat more of them, and over 70 recipes.
90. The Anti-Cancer Cookbook: It seems that we hear new discoveries about various foods’ anti-cancer properties on a daily basis. Dr. Julia Greer is a physician, cancer researcher, and food enthusiast who pulls together everything you need to know about anti-cancer foods into one handy book.
91. An Anti-Cancer Diet: Consistent with the plant-based diet recommended by the American Cancer Society, this book summarizes the latest findings from scientific studies related to complex factors now known to influence health.
92. Cancer: 50 Essential Things to Do: Greg Anderson is a cancer survivor and has designed this book for the recently diagnosed, those with recurring symptoms, and those who have a lingering fear that the disease may strike again. Given only 30 days to live in 1984, Greg advises others how he survived not just by diet alone.
93. What to Eat if You Have Cancer: This cancer survivor and nutrition educator team describe the body’s physical components and how nutrition affects physical function. The proposed nutritional therapy is designed to deny cancer the food elements it requires for growth while strengthening the body against the disease and the rigors of its treatments. Recommendations are also made for supplements, food preparation, and managing the side effects of treatment.
94. Foods to Fight Cancer: Richard Béliveau is a leading authority in cancer research and holds the Chair in the Prevention and Treatment of Cancer at the Université du Quebec à Montréal. In his book, he outlines the best and most essential foods for cancer prevention.
95. Nature’s Cancer Fighting Foods: Use this book to prevent and reverse the most common forms of cancer using the power of food and easy recipes. Start with the basics of smart eating and move to the role of antioxidants, phytochemicals, herbs, and vitamins in preventing and conquering cancer.
96. Eat to Beat Cancer: This researcher shows how diet can be used to prevent 90 percent of cancers. His book gives practical techniques for solving the health problems that arise from eating a Western diet.
97. The Strang Cancer Prevention Center Cookbook: The oldest cancer-prevention institute in the country, New York City’s famed Strang Cancer Prevention Center gives the same topnotch advice in this book as it does for its clients. Over 150 recipes for appetizers, soups, salads, sides, entrees, and desserts are featured.
98. The Cancer Lifeline Cookbook: This cookbook presents up-to-date nutritional information (including the Top Ten Super Foods that may protect and fight against cancer) along with strategies for making healthy eating a daily practice and suggestions for reducing the side effects of treatment. It features 100 easy recipes from the nation’s top chefs, as well as cancer patients and survivors.
99. Breast Cancer Prevention Cookbook: A husband-and-wife team, complete with a gynecologist and chef, have joined forces to write this breast cancer resource and cookbook. With over 165 recipes, this cookbook will have you eating healthy as your best proactive defense against breast cancer.
100. Cancer Prevention Cooking for Health: Many foods have anti-cancer nutritional properties, and this cookbook shows you how to incorporate these foods into your daily life. Part of the Kitchen Doctor series, the book also comes with many illustrations.
Hippocrates once said “Let your food be your medicine and your medicine be your food.” The American Institute for Cancer research believes that while no single food can protect you against cancer, a healthy diet is essential. With the right combination of foods, minerals, and vitamins, cooking for cancer prevention is a real and worthwhile goal.