This is one of the most common questions I get! I've written on it 6 times so far (I guess this makes 7!). And it's not just me. It's oncology dietitians and treatment center employees everywhere! Here's the bottom line: Every cell in the body requires glucose for fuel, including cancer cells. So sugar does feed cancer. BUT, sugar also feeds the rest of your body and you cannot pick and choose which cells get what nutrients/fuel. For those who are going through treatment, … [Read more...]
Should I Drink Almond Milk? Or Soy Milk? Or Regular Milk?
One role of a nutrition professional is to provide consumers with science based resources where they can get nutrition information. A really great resource for this is Nutrition Action, a low cost newsletter created by the Center for Science in the Public Interest. Nutrition Action updates the public on nutrition related news, as well as provides tips and strategies for healthy eating. We highly suggest you make the investment and subscribe to the print newsletter! This … [Read more...]
Coconut Oil Part 2! Follow-up and more discussion.
We had a good response to the last article on coconut oil! The responses actually had us (mainly Lora!) doing even more digging into what we know and don't know about coconut oil, it's composition and how different fats break down in the body. I think it's important to remember that there are times that we do not know the answer. In those times, we have to make our most educated "best guess" and move on. My choice might not be your choice. That's ok. We don't have to spend all … [Read more...]
Q&A: Since coconut oil is high in saturated fat, should I just avoid it?
After the olive oil article Lora wrote last week, we had a question about coconut oil from a reader on my facebook page. So we decided coconut oil would be a good topic for the next Q&A! Don't forget about our seminar this Thursday evening at Cancer Services' office in Winston-Salem. Cancer Nutrition Myths and Truths: Thursday 1/29 at 5:30pm. We will be demonstrating and tasting 3 recipes and giving you some of the ingredients for you to take home and try yourself. We'd … [Read more...]
2015 Thoughts and “Diet” Review
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! Here is a photo of a piece of my time over our break. We had a great evening at the beach running from the waves and watching the sunset. As I write my first post of 2015, I can't help but think of all the social media posts and talk about resolutions, diets and hopes for the coming year. I will start this article with this caution: Diets can harm you. Yes, they can cause some physical side effects, but I think the biggest risk … [Read more...]
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