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Should I avoid sugar if I have cancer?

A common question many cancer patients have is whether or not to avoid sugar …so let’s look at the results of an interesting study and see what it suggests. […]

By | August 16th, 2016|Research, Sugar|0 Comments

Healthy stuffed wraps with no refined carbs | Foodie Friday

To eat carbs or not to eat carbs, that is the question. We know that not all carbs are created equally, but do the differences matter? From your health’s perspective, the answer is a definite yes… […]

By | August 12th, 2016|Breakfast, Dinner, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Recipes, Snacks|0 Comments

How to measure blood glucose levels | Sugar

Last week we looked at why it is important to measure how our body responds to different foods regarding blood sugar spikes. This week we will look at how we measure this, and what our optimal goals are. It’s time to do your own experimentation. […]

By | August 9th, 2016|Sugar|1 Comment

My summer favorites | Foodie Friday

When I was much younger, my unspoken rule was "once a favorite, always a favorite." Forever. But no more…I’ve learned that I’m quite fickle when it comes to favorite things, and that they change over time. What are my [...]

By | August 5th, 2016|Food, Foodie Friday|2 Comments

Should I measure blood glucose levels if I’m not diabetic?

Most of us think blood sugar/glucose measurement is only for those that have diabetes. But there can be real value in measuring how our body deals with different foods. You can gain a lot of information by a simple finger prick blood test. Let’s look at what we can learn. […]

By | August 2nd, 2016|Food, Sugar|0 Comments

Healthy stuffed portobello mushroom |Foodie Friday

Last week’s Foodie Friday celebrated the immune-boosting superstars of the mushroom world. This week, we celebrate the incredibly versatile portobello mushroom… […]

By | July 29th, 2016|Dinner, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Movies boost natural killer cells | Immune system

Can we really boost our immune system simply by watching a movie? We might think movies just affect our mood, but they can also have physiological effects on the immune system. Not surprisingly, it depends on the movie – so what are good immune-building movies?  […]

By | July 26th, 2016|Community, Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, Play|2 Comments

Country mushroom paté, three ways |Foodie Friday

From a humble fungus comes one of your strongest allies – the mighty mushroom! Read on to see how you can enjoy some delicious country mushroom paté and at the same time benefit from what these fabulous fungi have to offer… […]

By | July 22nd, 2016|Foodie Friday, Immune system, Lunch, Snacks, Uncategorized|2 Comments

Try forest bathing to support your immune system

In 1982, the Forest Agency of Japan first proposed that ‘forest bathing,’ was good for your health.  No, forest bathing is not dragging a bathtub into the woods and having a soak – although that does sound good!  Rather it is visiting a forest or wood for relaxation, and gentle recreation, and breathing in the volatile substances from the trees. When did you last forest bathe? […]

By | July 19th, 2016|Immune system, Stress reduction|0 Comments

Turmeric ice cream with date swirl | Foodie Friday

It’s summer – and time for ice cream! Today’s recipe begins with creamy coconut milk, sweetened only with dates, and for an unusual flavor we add turmeric and four other spices. The flavor combination has an unexpected twist of warmth from the turmeric and spices, combined with the chill of the ice cream. It will set your tastes buds dancing! […]

By | July 15th, 2016|Desserts, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes|0 Comments

Improving lymph circulation to support immunity

We all know about our blood circulatory system and how the heart pumps blood around the body, but fewer of us know much about the other part of our circulatory system – the lymph, or lymphatic system. Good lymph circulation is crucial to our immunity and thus integral to our health. And it has a significant role in prevention and recovery from cancer. Let’s look further at this important transport system and how we can improve its function to improve our health. […]

By | July 12th, 2016|Immune system, Lifestyle Medicine, Movement, Play|0 Comments

Make-ahead minty poached salmon| Foodie Friday

Want to drink more herbal tea because of its healthful qualities, but don’t like the flavors? What to do? Read on to learn how to optimize your intake of these powerful beverages without having to hold your nose… […]

By | July 8th, 2016|Dinner, Empowerment, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Snacks|0 Comments

Twelve strategies for dealing with nausea and vomiting

Two friends of mine are each helping relatives with breast cancer and they recently asked me what I’d suggest to reduce nausea and vomiting. These side effects frequently make patients stop eating, and can make life miserable. There are lots of strategies that can help, so let’s check out a few of them. These same strategies can also be helpful with motion sickness and pregnancy-related nausea. […]

By | July 5th, 2016|chemotherapy, Food|1 Comment

One pot rainbow meal| Foodie Friday

This easy, tasty, one pot dish has both veggie and meat options, so will delight anyone. A rainbow of colors goes into the dish, and a full spectrum of nutritional benefits comes out, including anti-cancer effects from cruciferous vegetables.  […]

By | July 1st, 2016|chemotherapy, Dinner, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, prostate cancer|0 Comments

Oncotype DX & Coloprint for prostate and colon cancer

Oncotype DX and Mammaprint tests are becoming recognized and popular for helping make breast cancer treatment decisions, but what about tests for other cancers? Similar genomic tests are now available for prostate and colon cancer. Let’s break out these well-kept secrets and see what they can do – and get them used! […]

By | June 28th, 2016|colon cancer, prostate cancer|0 Comments

Starbright berry muffins| Foodie Friday

There’s neither oil nor sugar in these muffins, but you’d never know it. Full to the brim with flavor, they also pack a powerful punch of anti-cancer food – flaxseed. […]

By | June 24th, 2016|Breakfast, Breast cancer, Desserts, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Snacks|0 Comments

Tests to help with treatment decisions| Breast cancer

When you’ve just received a diagnosis of breast cancer, you are faced with many different treatment options. Your mind is in a whirl with fear, confusion, and disbelief. While none of these feelings help decision making, there are some tests that can help: Oncotype DX and Mammaprint.  […]

By | June 21st, 2016|Breast cancer, chemotherapy|0 Comments

Nordic baked fish and rainbow coleslaw| Foodie Friday

A couple of years ago I spent a few days (eating) in Copenhagen. What a delight! Before we went, I looked into the Nordic diet and loved their guidelines.  And it was so refreshing to see they were spearheaded by a restaurant chef. […]

By | June 17th, 2016|Dinner, Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Recipes, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Food presentation | How to eat during chemo

Food presentation is the art of arranging and garnishing food so it looks more appealing.  The way the food looks on the plate is what tempts our eyes and makes us want to taste it. Thus food presentation is particularly important when someone is having difficulty eating due to illness or treatment. Spending just a short time on this can really make a difference. […]

By | June 14th, 2016|chemotherapy, Food|0 Comments

Healthy ginger bliss balls |Foodie Friday

A bliss ball without all the sweetness. Don’t be put off by the ingredients – especially the chickpeas! These are a lovely sweet treat with the added bonus of gut soothing, anti-inflammatory ginger. […]

By | June 10th, 2016|Foodie Friday, Recipes, Snacks|0 Comments

Food Hygiene and Safety | How to eat during chemo

If your immune system has been weakened by your cancer treatment, you might need to take extra precautions with food hygiene and safety. Take a look at what you can do to protect yourself. […]

By | June 7th, 2016|chemotherapy, Food|0 Comments

Tomato red pepper soup recipe (+ FASS) | Foodie Friday

Comforting deliciousness in a bowl.  And at the end of the recipe, we’ll walk through the FASS system (see the taste blog post) for getting the flavor of this soup just to your specific taste, so you can enjoy it, even if your taste buds are affected by chemo.  […]

By | June 3rd, 2016|Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Soups|0 Comments

Strategies for meal times | How to eat during chemo

What’s the one taste that chemo can’t change? Find out, along with five easy strategies to make meal times more enjoyable when you are struggling to eat because of chemotherapy or other treatments.  […]

By | May 31st, 2016|chemotherapy, Food|0 Comments

Changes in food taste | How to eat during chemo

A relatively common side effect of chemotherapy is changes in food taste: The sweet, salty, sour, and bitter flavors you are used to just don’t taste the same. The name for this is Dysgeusia. What, if anything, can be done to help with this?  […]

By | May 29th, 2016|chemotherapy, Food, Lifestyle Medicine|0 Comments

Hot and cold oatmeal recipes | Foodie Friday

Not your mother’s oatmeal… […]

By | May 27th, 2016|Breakfast, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes|0 Comments

Food temperature | How to eat during chemo

Ruth: When you are going through chemo and your eating habits are changed, it might help to consider the effects of the food’s temperature. […]

By | May 24th, 2016|chemotherapy, Food|0 Comments

Importance of food texture | How to eat during chemo

Ruth: Today let’s focus on the texture of the food we eat, and how that texture can help when chemotherapy is affecting our eating. […]

By | May 22nd, 2016|chemotherapy, Food|0 Comments

Falafel recipe | Foodie Friday

We are going to focus one of our CALMERme blog posts each week on a food specific post. We'll do these every Friday and thus, here begins 'Foodie Fridays'. This will typically be a recipe that relates to the other blog posts that [...]

By | May 20th, 2016|Food, Foodie Friday, Lunch, Recipes|0 Comments

What and how to eat during chemotherapy

Ruth: In this series of blog posts, we will look at eating during chemotherapy from two aspects. Firstly, we’ll look at natural strategies to use when side effects of chemotherapy affect your eating – the “how to eat” part. Secondly, we’ll look at what foods are good to eat during chemo to optimize your health at this time, regardless of whether your treatment is affecting your eating – the “what to eat” part. […]

By | May 17th, 2016|chemotherapy, Food, Lifestyle Medicine|0 Comments

Taking tiny steps, making them count

Kathie: It’s been a few weeks since I wrote about my struggles with the “E” word and my renewed commitment to increase my activity levels. I decided to start with small, achievable goals. Every time I go to the store, [...]

By | May 13th, 2016|Empowerment, Movement, Stress reduction|0 Comments
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