Check out the books, "Cancer Fighting Kitchen" and " Kicking Cancer in the Kitchen." A lot of times, the oncology office will have a small reference area where you can check books out. Good luck!
Breast Cancer Questions
Asked by ChrisWampler on Monday, May 20, 2013
I want to develop a healthy diet for my best friend. Something that eliminates all processed foods and encourages good health. Are there any foods that help with depression? Any direction to good information will be greatly appreciated.
8 Answers from the Community
Two of our WhatNexters have written a book titled, "Kicking Cancer In The Kitchen" They routinely guest blog on our blog here at WhatNext. Scroll through our blog posts here www.whatnext.com/blog and you will see a few articles on nutrition. Also, we have a guide to Nutrition and cancer in our "Beginner's Guide to Cancer" here https://www.whatnext.com/cc/cancer_and_nutrition
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an important step will be talking to your best friend about what tastes good and looks appealing. does your friend want your help? without your friend's interest and willingness and desire, you will not succeed!
what are your friend's biggest priorities with regard to eating? what are favorites? what are BLECKIES (i.e., things totally unacceptable - like brussel sprouts). what are the not healthful but can't-resist foods (keep those out the fridge/cabinets)? what are the healthful and LOVE THEM foods (my better half loves blackberries - spend the money on those rather than expensive pre-packaged processed foods)?
consider taking small steps - fresh fruit and veggie smoothie as a treat, for example. all fruits and veggies, though... our coop makes an amazing pineapple/blueberry/etc... smoothie that my child and i absolutely love. or perhaps spending 4-5 bux on a tray of fresh organic strawberries or some other delight instead of a bag of chips.... and do what you can to make it easy! people think eating this way takes more time and energy ... it can... but if you're eased in to it, you hardly notice as you feel better and better and eat more flavorful foods.
and... low lying fruit - is your friend on soda? if yes, do what you can to help kick that habit to the curb. there are some all juice sodas out there... as well as flavored sparkling water...
as much plant-based food as possible... the research is quite convincing in regards to that - all around goodness for our bodies.
good luck - but please remember the old saying... you can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make that horse drink.
Does your freind have a nutritianist at her cancer care facility? Every one has different nutritional needs So you should ask for the results from the blood tests they subject you to. Ask about where they show deficiencies. Look up what foods are high in the vitamins and minerals your friend is deficent. Next replace the word "diet" (any word that has the word "die in it is not in my vocabulary) with the word "menu" Involve your friend Make the whole planning thing fun. Another website that has great nutrition information is QualityHealth.com. They always two or three recipes in their newsletters. The recipes always show a complete nutritional breakdown. QualityHealth has a newsletter just for cancer survivors. I plan menus for a week and I have reached the point where I can bump up the recipes. For example I flavor my coffee with almond milk. The advantage of planning menus for a week is you can balance nutrition over the week. Always adding new things keeps it from being boring.
Food, itself, helps against depression. The thing is that the definition of food has actually changed as of recent. I don't know if you have heard of the term "GMO" but a whole lot of the conventional food sold in groceries is GMO. It stands for 'genetically modified organism' and is, for the mostpart, a nightmare brought upon us by Monsanto, Inc. Their lab workers literally combine the DNA of various organisms as well as, in some cases, their own pesticide (remember, RoundUp?) and still call it food. Think things like a meat carrot or a tomato combined with a fruit fly or an ear of corn with built in pesticide (which can form formeldehyde inside a human body) and all looking just like regular food which humans have been eating for thousands of years.
You can find details through the Environmental Working Group or the Cornucopia Institute or by simply running "GMO" through a search engine. It gets hairy and doesn't belong in this forum. There are lists compliled of which foods are most likely to be modified in such a way and you can buy those foods organically so that your best friend has a best shot and recovering good health.
The best and easiest way to start is with juice. Celery contains tons of liquid (staying hydrated is of utmost importance). Cucumbers have liquid and a lot of minerals (a lot of folks are 1/2 pint low in magnesium which does not show up in most standard tests). Herbs and spices are tailor made to combat unhappiness. Sprouts are full of energy and help to renew vigor. Sprouts are young plants, like the ones you see breaking through cracks they make in a sidewalk. That is the sort of strength I want to eat. they are replete with protein and nutritional benefit of nearly every sort.
A cup of raspberry leaf tea is rife with vitamins and a cup of oatstraw tea specifically fights depression (it contains silica for strong and flexible bones).
I, myself, am a raw and living food devotee. I find it helps me stay on balance and keep up my strength. I wrote a book about it, if you have interest. It is available, so far, only as PDF files or on a CD. You can check it out at http://www.etsy.com/shop/rawmaven
Healthy best wishes to your best friend.
Happy Food helps with depression. We eat first with our eyes. Food should be "tastefully" presented (pun intended) Many foods come in different colors . For instance Bell peppers come in Green, Red, Yellow and Orange by using all three you can make a colorful salad. Also the more colorful the vegetable the more nutritious is is. And who doesn't smile at a heart-shaped pizza or a happy face pancake.