The Nutrition Corner

Turmeric: spice or supplement?

Turmeric, used in many delicious dishes, and one of its components, curcumin, are being studied for health benefits. Here’s what we know so far about turmeric and cancer.

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Keto-What? The Ketogenic Diet and Cancer

By now, you’ve probably heard of the ketogenic diet (AKA “keto”) and maybe you’ve even tried or thought about trying it. It is wildly popular right now, in all its various forms. But it is also controversial. A quick internet search will bring up a variety of opinions on the matter. Today on the blog, we are going to break down the ketogenic diet for people with cancer based on the evidence available to us. ** Spoiler Alert: There is not enough evidence in humans to recommend the ketogenic diet for cancer patients at this time **

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Headline Hype or Nutrition Know-How

What should I eat for cancer prevention and survivorship? The World Cancer Research Fund and American Institute for Cancer Research’s Third Expert Report provides recommendations for diet and physical activity.

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Cancer Fighting Herb Recipes

Tasty, easy ways to add good-for-you herbs to your meals.

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I Have Cancer, Can I Drink Alcohol?

This is a question often asked by patients while undergoing chemotherapy. Sometimes, patients have grown accustomed to having a glass of wine with dinner or when they meet a friend for drinks after work; but is it safe to do this while receiving cancer treatment? Most have heard about the protective effects alcohol has on the heart, but that doesn’t necessarily mean alcohol is safe for all to consume.

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Roasted Parmesan String Beans and Zucchini

Do you ever wonder how to prepare veggies grown in your garden. It's easy! This week, we harvested string beans and zucchini and made a video to demonstrate how to prepare them quickly and easily! Watch below and print the recipe to use at home.

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Alkaline Water and Cancer

A very common question we get as Certified Oncology Dietitians is, "Should I drink alkaline water to starve my cancer cells"? The short answer is no. In fact, did you know that Robert O. Young, the man who pioneered the Alkaline Diet is serving time in prison for practicing medicine without a license? Robert O. Young went from a bachelor's degree to doctorate in as little as 8 months from a non-accredited institution. In 2011, the Medical Board of California began an investigation on Young, where it discovered that none of the 15 cancer patients Young treated with his alkalinity treatments outlived their prognosis. In June 2017 he was sentenced to 3 years and 8 months in prison, in addition to, also publicly admitting that he is not microbiologist, hematologist, medical or naturopathic doctor or trained scientist. To learn more about the false claims of alkaline water and cancer, continue reading below.

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Do I Need Nutritional Supplements?

As Registered Dietitians we often have patients drinking nutritional supplements like Ensure, Boost, Carnation Instant Beverage, Muscle Milk, etc.... because they think they have to or someone told them they should. Nutritional supplements are great for certain people and there is definitely a place for them in certain populations of patients; but that doesn't mean everyone needs them. At their core, nutritional supplements provide calories and protein in a convenient on-the-go bottle. For some patients who are too fatigued to cook or have other limiting factors preventing them from stepping in the kitchen, supplements are a quick and easy source of nutrition. For others, who perhaps are suffering from nausea and taste changes, nutritional supplements are not a "fix-all" to these common issues. It's important to make an appointment with a Registered Dietitian to learn more about how to manage these symptoms. At the end of the day, nutritional supplements provide calories and protein. There are plenty of "real foods" that can rack up the calories that you may enjoy even more!

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A Very Merry Cruciferous Christmas

We've got your Christmas dinner covered with these cancer fighting recipes!

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Cruciferous Vegetables and Cancer: What’s the Link?

Despite the cold weather, you can still get vegetables in season. Cruciferous vegetables are both cold hardy and cancer fighting.

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Do You Really Need to Follow the Neutropenic Diet?

So many people have heard the term "neutropenic diet" but did you know that there are no evidenced-based studies supporting the use of the neutropenic diet? Did you know the CDC, FDA, American Cancer Society, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics do not recommend the neutropenic diet?

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4th of July Recipes that Fight Cancer and Taste Delicious

As the holiday draws near, it’s time to start planning your patriotic menu. Friends, family and kids will love these easy to make recipes and each one helps your fight against cancer!

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Grilling and Cancer: Are the Two Related?

Grilling season is upon us. Backyard BBQs are fun summer traditions, especially with holidays like Memorial Day, 4th of July, Father’s Day, and Labor Day around the corner. But can grilling increase your risk of cancer?

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Nutrition Update: Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery

This presentation provides information to assist health care providers in identifying the role of nutrition in cancer. The presentation reviews the evidence and recommendations on nutrition in cancer prevention, treatment and recovery, and provides recommendations for nutrition interventions

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Spotlight on Nutrition

Read oncology dietitian Jennifer Spring's latest interview and learn something new about mushrooms in the process!

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Join us for the 10th Annual Zeny Datiles Nutrition Dinner

We will be unveiling the brand new "Zeny's Garden" at the SECU Family House. This garden will be free for our oncology patients and caregivers. It will emphasize the importance of a plant based diet in cancer prevention and survivorship.

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The Role of Nutrition in Cancer Prevention, Treatment and Survivorship

Listen to this 60 minute video-presentation by Oncology Registered Dietitian, Meredith Moyers, to learn more about the important role nutrition has on cancer treatment, prevention, and survivorship. Practical tips and strategies are discussed that all have the ability to implement.

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“Natural”, “Cage Free”, “Hormone Free”, “Organic”…..which Product is Nutritionally Superior?

The grocery store is a maze of propaganda with various products being portrayed as healthier than another. But which product is truly healthier and which product is a waste of money?

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What Foods Boost your Immune System?

Should you take high amounts of Vit C? What about “super foods”? Should you be taking an herbal supplement from your local health foods store that promotes immune-boosting properties?

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10 Tips for Managing Food Cravings

Whether it is sweet or savory you crave, here are 10 strategies to help fight the urge.

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A Healthful Holiday Menu

Having a difficult time coming up with healthful, delicious recipes for the holiday season? Stress no more! Below is a list of wonderful recipes, websites and cookbooks that have healthy ideas for a great Thanksgiving feast or Christmas celebration. I even included a Thanksgiving Day menu you can use as a guide for your own menu.

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Eating Healthy on a Budget

Eating healthy doesn’t always require spending oodles of money at the whole foods market. You can eat healthy by being mindful when shopping. Using coupons at the grocery stores is a great way to save. You can also use your SNAP benefits at a majority of grocery stores and at farmer’s markets. Below are some great hints and tips for you to follow when planning a healthy menu at home and following a budget.

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Grab a Sweater and a Mug

With fall and winter coming right around the corner a nice treat such as coffee or tea can do the trick with warming you up on a chilly day. Whether you are out running errands, at home on a Saturday morning or enjoying company, a nice cup of coffee or tea is a good accessory. These drinks are also beneficial in supplying you with extra fluids which will keep you hydrated. In this post, I will discuss what makes these drinks healthful, where you can find them, and the best way to prepare them.

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Zeny's Garden

Introducing Zeny's Garden, coming March 2017

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Do you Garden? Planting the Roots for Recovery

How does gardening help cancer survivors recover and prevent recurrence?

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Adopting a Plant-Based Diet

Eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, grains, and legumes (dried peas and beans) helps the fight against cancer.

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Cancer Prevention

What is your part in cancer prevention?

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Phytochemicals and Cancer

Finally the below zero days of winter are behind us and we can now enjoy the nice, warm sunny days of spring and summer. Besides the change in temperature, there will soon be an abundance of produce at our local farmers’ markets.

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Picking the Best Diet for a Better Year

As this year begins, many of you may be trying to make healthy lifestyle changes such as exercising and eating healthier. When it comes to diet, though, you may feel overwhelmed with all the options.

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