CYCLE OF NUTRITION AND CANCER

The Nutrition Handbook

Learn about the value of food in your fight for recovery from cancer. Learn how you can protect your family and yourself with a diet rich in botanical factors. Your body will thank you!

 

 

THREE STAGES IN A CYCLE OF NUTRITION AND CANCER

The following gives overall guidelines for maintaining a nutritional balance:

    1. Preventive Nutrition (when you feel well):
      • Fats or oils from fish, nuts and seeds need not be restricted. Saturated fats from meats, dairy products or hydrogenated oils should be restricted to less than 10% of total energy intake.
      • High in foods from plant sources such as whole grains, beans, starchy root vegetables, vegetables and fruits.
      • Reasonable in protein; two servings daily (about the size of a deck of cards) of fish, lean meat, poultry or one cup of mixed beans and rice.
      • Plenty of antioxidants and phytonutrients or botanical factors found in whole grains, beans, vegetables and many fruits. Dark colored items are richest sources. Eat some frequently.
      • Moderate quantities overall ? eat and stay active to maintain a steady weight.
      • Wide variety of foods, especially seasonal fruits and vegetables. Eat a minimum of 5 servings each day, 8-10 servings are recommended. 2. During Treatment (Expedient Diet)
      • Sufficient small, frequent meals to maintain body weight.
      • One more serving of protein; use protein powder for smoothies or include hard boiled eggs on salads or add egg whites, more fish and poultry at meal times.
      • Few dairy products due to possible lactose-intolerance which may develop; symptoms include with abdominal discomfort and diarrhea. Live culture yogurt or hard cheese usually OK.
      • Avoid gas-producing foods such as insufficiently cooked beans or excessive amounts of the cabbage family. Use digestive enzymes to reduce gas.
      • Avoid highly spiced foods, unless they agree with you.
      • Avoid more than RDA levels of antioxidant supplements.

    2. During Treatment:
      • Sufficient small, frequent meals to maintain body weight.
      • One more serving of protein; use protein powder for smoothies or include hard boiled eggs on salads or add egg whites, more fish and poultry at meal times.
      • Few dairy products due to possible lactose-intolerance which may develop; symptoms include with abdominal discomfort and diarrhea. Live culture yogurt or hard cheese usually OK.
      • Avoid gas-producing foods such as insufficiently cooked beans or excessive amounts of the cabbage family. Use digestive enzymes to reduce gas.
      • Avoid highly spiced foods, unless they agree with you.
      • Avoid more than RDA levels of antioxidant supplements.

    3. Regenerative Nutrition (as you Recover):
      • As for Preventive Nutrition but with an especial focus on the nutrients needed for regenerating the immune system, for instance Vitamins B, C, E, selenium and zinc. Try adding a tablespoon of wheat germ to your morning cereal.
      • At least 10 servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Try 100% fruit or vegetable juices but remember to wash all produce well.
      • Reintroduce milk and lactose containing dairy products slowly.
      • Include a daily antioxidant rich supplement.