I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!
In case you missed it, I did a Facebook Live Recipe Video for Chef Malena’s Vegan Pumpkin Pie on the Patient Power FB page a few weeks ago. Here it is!
Here’s a link to the printable recipe – it’s really great!
Nutrition + Cooking Workshop
For all you local cancer survivors and caregivers, I wanted you to know that my next Nutrition + Cooking Workshop is scheduled for this Saturday, Dec 1st from 10am – 2pm. We are going to learn to make a few of Chef Don’s recipes “holiday version” and also my tips on how to approach holiday eating.
FYI – I don’t think you should (ever) be worried about the calories. Rather, during holiday meals, I want you to enjoy your favorite recipes and the time you spend with friends and family. Remember, you’re supposed to overeat sometimes!
For more on my holiday meal approach, check out my previous post here: Permission to Overeat on Holiday Meals! Plus 5 Holiday Eating Tips
If you’re not local, or can’t come to the workshop, I will post the recipes afterwards! And of course, you can find many of my favorite recipes here.
GOOD NUTRITION FOR PEOPLE FACING COLORECTAL CANCER
I spent the last 2 articles talking about bowel health (Simple Choices Each Day Can Enhance Bowel Health and 7 Daily Habits for Bowel Regularity: Preventing and Managing Constipation). I even did a facebook live with the 7 tips for bowel regularity.
HOWEVER, I know that for anyone who has been treated for colorectal cancer, your bowels can be very finicky and my recent tips might not be applicable for you.
Instead… you might find this interview helpful!
You can find it on Cancer.Net here as well as on Apple Podcasts and Google Play.
It is for the ASCO (American Society for Clinical Oncology) podcast on colorectal cancer nutrition and I am on with Suzanne Dixon, an RD and epidemiologist, talking about nutrition for people in treatment for colorectal cancer and those who are colorectal cancer survivors.
Tools for Coping with Weight Gain/Loss During Cancer Treatment
In addition to podcast interviews, I have recently done this educational video for Patient Power, an online cancer community that provides education and support from experts and also from survivors who are dealing with the challenges of living life while facing a cancer diagnosis.
During this particular interview, Andrew (survivor and founder of Patient Power) and I discuss the following:
Depending on the individual, some patients unintentionally gain or lose weight during cancer treatment. How can patients nourish their bodies and maintain weight? What small changes can people make to their daily routine to enhance their diet? Patient Power founder Andrew Schorr is joined by Julie Lanford, oncology dietician and wellness director from Cancer Services, to tackle weight issues that accompany cancer treatments and share expert advice to help patients meet their weight goals. Julie discusses reasons for weight fluctuation or changes in metabolism, tips for managing proper nutrition and practical steps for patients to take to eat well during and after treatment. Julie also explains when it’s appropriate to use a dietary supplement and what kind is most beneficial for cancer patients.
Watch the interview here!
I am a regular contributor for Patient Power, and you’ll want to keep up with what they’ve got going on so you don’t miss anything! You can go to this page to find my other interviews for Patient Power.
Here’s the list so far!
- Tools for Coping With Weight Gain/Loss During Cancer Treatment
- Can Myeloma Patients Maintain a Strong Immune System Through Diet?
- Should Cancer Patients Avoid Added Sugars?
- Is There a Safer Way for Cancer Patients to Consume Grilled Meat and Alcohol?
- Is Eating Organic Foods a Better Choice With Myeloma?
- Are There Foods Multiple Myeloma Patients Shouldn’t Eat?
- Can a Vegetarian Diet Benefit Someone With an MPN?
- Finding a Balance: Diet Changes With an MPN
- Multiple Myeloma-Friendly Dieting: Sifting Through Science vs. Hype
I cannot eat any sugar as I’m still fighting my cancer. Is there a way to make that pumpkin pie and replacing the sugar? I’m allowed Stevia and or Honey.
Julie Lanford MPH, RD, CSO, LDN says
Try it and let me know how it goes. Sugar and honey are not very different from a nutritional standpoint, but that’s a topic for another day! I don’t think honey does very well with baking. I am not sure that stevia is something you can bake with either. Maybe puree dates in with the pumpkin and try that??