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Cancer Nutrition and Recipes For Dummies

By: Christina T. Loguidice and Maurie Markman Published: 07-29-2013

Fight cancer from the inside out

Cancer treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation can be as hard on the body as the disease itself, and detailed nutritional advice is usually not part of the program. Yet eating the right foods can actually help lessen the strength of some of the most powerful symptoms of cancer and the side effects of treatment, allowing the patient to better fight the disease. Now, Cancer Nutrition & Recipes For Dummies is your trusted, informative guide to fighting cancer from the inside out.

Designed for cancer patients and their families, Cancer Nutrition & Recipes For Dummies focuses on foods best tolerated during—and that can ease side effects of—cancer treatment. It also offers advice for menu planning, nutritional analysis, diabetic exchanges, and much more.

  • Serves as a guide for cancer nutrition before, during, and after treatment
  • Gives you a wealth of easy, immediate steps to speed up the healing process through diet
  • Offers advice on treatment as well as solutions to common side effects like dehydration, fatigue, and nausea
  • Enables cancer patients to put their strongest foot forward when starting treatment

Cancer Nutrition & Recipes For Dummies targets those dealing with cancer and the loved ones who take care of them, aiding both parties in alleviating some of the side effects of the cancer treatment through change in diet.

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10 Ways to Revive Your Appetite after Cancer Treatments

Step by Step / Updated 04-15-2021

Cancer and its treatments can contribute to loss of appetite. Because the calories you get from food are energy, if a poor appetite results in not enough food intake, you may experience fatigue. Poor food intake may also result in weight or muscle loss, which can impair your immune function and make it more difficult to recover in between treatments. Fortunately, there are several strategies you can use to prevent a poor appetite from causing you to lose weight and become malnourished. Following are ten tried-and-true tips to help you meet your nutritional needs when you lose your appetite.

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7 Cancer-Fighting Culinary Spices and Herbs

Step by Step / Updated 04-24-2017

Spices and herbs have long been used for medicinal purposes, such as fighting indigestion and other digestive problems. Although science is uncertain about the direct benefits of consuming certain spices and herbs with regard to protecting against and fighting cancer and its side effects, their indirect beneficial effects may be more easily recognized. One such effect is their unique flavor profile, which ranges from strong to mild, with only small amounts needed to create a whole new taste sensation. When cancer-related loss of appetite and taste changes occur, which can lead to undesirable weight loss, adding herbs and spices to your cooking may help stimulate your taste buds and reinvigorate your appetite.

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Top 10 Superfood Picks for Fighting Cancer

Step by Step / Updated 03-03-2017

These 10 superfoods have been studied the most for their potential to protect against and fight cancer, and they’ve shown good results. This isn’t surprising given that these foods score high in nutrient density, and they’re particularly high in antioxidants and phytochemicals, both of which keep your cells healthy and trigger the bad ones to die off (a process your oncologist may refer to as apoptosis).

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Cancer Nutrition & Recipes For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Cheat Sheet / Updated 03-27-2016

Nutrition plays a key role when you’re fighting cancer — and knowing what to eat is important. When you’re being treated for cancer, you may face a variety of unwelcome side effects — everything from nausea to a sore mouth to diarrhea. But you’re not powerless over these side effects, some foods can combat them! You may not have the energy to run a marathon, but some physical activity fights fatigue, stress, anxiety, and depression, and generally improves your quality of life.

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Which Factors Increase the Risk of Cancer?

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

When it comes to cancer, a risk factor is a feature present within an individual that is associated with a statistically greater risk for the development of the disease, but is itself not necessarily the cause of the disease. For example, it has been shown that women who are obese have an increased risk of breast cancer. The weight itself likely isn’t the cause of the cancer; instead, it’s the fact that these women have higher levels of estrogen bathing the normal breast tissue, which, over a period of many years, may increase the potential for the development of breast cancer.

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10 Ways to Prevent and Fight Off Colds and Other Infections

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

Because some types of cancer and its treatments can weaken or suppress your immune system, you may be more susceptible to infections and have a harder time recovering from them when they occur. That’s why taking measures to bolster your immune system and prevent exposure to potentially harmful germs is so important. Here are ten things you can do to protect yourself from germs and fight off infections when they occur.

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Clean Eating Staples for Your Fridge

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

When stocking your fridge, you need to think about where you are with your cancer treatment and what you can handle. Are you struggling to eat, experiencing decreased appetite, or losing weight? If so, your shopping list should include high-calorie items that can help you get through these effects. Because the items stored in the refrigerator and freezer are perishables, you need to be mindful about their use-by dates. You also don’t want to overdo it with items that have a more limited lifespan, like dairy products, produce, and meats. You need to plan your meals out as best you can and then shop accordingly. Following is a list of items you can feel good about stocking in your fridge and freezer. Most likely, you’re already buying many of these items.

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Clean Eating Staples for Your Pantry

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

The pantry is where you may keep some cancer alleviators, like crackers, hard pretzels, and popcorn. When arranging your pantry and introducing items, you’ll want to keep the items you use most toward the front. Because the items stored in your pantry are non-perishables, they’ll generally have a longer shelf life than refrigerator items. Still, you’ll want to try to be mindful of the use-by dates. For example, if you have five cans of beans, you’ll want to make sure you first use the ones that will expire first. Here are some items to consider adding to your pantry:

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Enhance Clean Eating with Immune-Boosting Foods

Step by Step / Updated 03-27-2016

When you eat clean, you’re already naturally boosting your immune system, because you’re giving your body the vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and other nutrients it needs to keep your cells healthy and to protect your body from cancer-causing agents like environmental toxins and pathogens like cold viruses. Eating clean also reduces inflammation in the body, another condition that has been linked to cancer and other diseases. But if you want to ensure you’re getting enough of the nutrients that are known to keep the immune system functioning optimally, here’s what you should focus on:

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What to Eat When You Have Cancer

Article / Updated 03-26-2016

After you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, you may be wondering what foods you should eat. You may have to modify your diet during treatment, but there are some key nutrients you should always strive to get. Here’s what you need every day: Healthy fats (particularly foods containing omega-3 fatty acids): Omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and help support immune health. They may also help with appetite and weight maintenance during cancer treatment. Most people don’t get enough omega-3s in their diet. Good sources of omega-3s are flax meal, canola oil, walnuts, and cold-water fatty fish like salmon. If you’re not getting enough omega-3s through diet alone, you can supplement with omega-3s in the form of pills. When shopping for a supplement, be sure to look for a brand that has a high amount of EPA, and that has been independently tested and is guaranteed to be free of mercury and other contaminants. Some brands that have been found by ConsumerLab.com to meets this standard are Carlson and Swanson. Lean protein: Protein is essential for maintaining muscle and immune health during cancer treatment. It’s also important for making new cells in between treatments and for healing after surgery. The best sources of protein are eggs; beans; low-fat dairy products; and lean, unprocessed meats, poultry, and fish. Fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables are loaded with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and phytochemicals. Many of these phytochemicals have antioxidant or other properties that help maintain the health of your cells. The more colorful your plate of fruits and vegetables, the greater the benefit. Try to consume a variety of colors on a daily basis, including red, orange, yellow, green, purple, and white.

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