My goal for each person is to help them transition through cancer treatment to a cancer survivor. Over my 30 years in practice, I have witnessed what happens when healthy, healing foods replace processed, packaged, and factory foods. Just a few of the benefits include:
- Reduce side effects of medications
- Enhance the efficacy of cancer treatments
- Prevent Increase enjoyment of food
- Protect vital organs from toxic effects of chemotherapies
- Maintain health post-treatment and
- Thrive Beyond Surviving!
The relatively new field of Epigenetics, genes affected by our environment including the foods we eat, means we now know that what we eat is so much more than just calories. Each time you take a bite of healthy food you influence the way your unique genes express themselves. For example, cruciferous vegetables like cauliflower, broccoli, kale, cabbage, brussels sprouts, and bok choy contain sulforaphane, a phytochemical known to induce apoptosis or cancer cell death. There are literally hundreds of other examples of foods that “talk to your genes”.
Rebecca Katz’s “The Cancer Fighting Kitchen” is my favorite cookbook to recommend for people who want to take advantage of the power of foods to positively influence their cancer recovery. Each recipe contains specific foods, spices, and herbs to turn off cancer’s master switch, induce cancer cell death and provide delicious, nutritious meals to enjoy.
- Victoria M Wood, MPH, RD
Certified Nutrition Specialist