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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

Understanding cancer clinical trials: ask yourself…

In this final blog post about cancer clinical trials, we’ll discuss what questions you should ask yourself before enrolling in a clinical trial. Even if you have all the information you need about the trial, are eligible for the trial, and have the finances sorted out, taking the time to tap into your personal motivations and beliefs can help you finalize your decisions.  […]

By | May 10th, 2016|Research|0 Comments

Understanding cancer clinical trials: questions to ask

In the fourth of our mini-series on cancer clinical trials, we’ll take a look at the questions you should ask the research team before deciding to enroll in a clinical trial. Obviously, the questions to ask will be specific to the trial or trials you are considering, but we hope that this blog post will help you formulate them.  […]

By | May 6th, 2016|Research|0 Comments

Understanding cancer clinical trials: finding trials

In our first two blog posts on the subject of cancer clinical trials, we’ve given an outline of what a clinical trial is and the phases involved. If you have decided that you would like to investigate a little further, this blog post focuses on how you can find clinical trials that are suitable for you. […]

By | May 3rd, 2016|Research|0 Comments

Understanding cancer clinical trials: Phases of trials

Following on from our blog post on the general introduction to clinical trials, today we will look at the different phases of clinical trials. […]

By | April 29th, 2016|Research|0 Comments

Understanding cancer clinical trials: General facts

Your oncologist may, at some stage in your treatment plan, suggest that you look at enrolling in a cancer clinical trial. This might be something you haven’t thought about before and perhaps you don’t understand what trials involve. Our next few blog posts will be a mini-series all about clinical trials including the questions you should ask and consider before enrolling. […]

By | April 26th, 2016|Research|0 Comments

Sing for joy – and our health: Benefits in immunity and stress reduction

A study published last week found that singing in a choir for just one hour boosts immunity, reduces stress, and improves mood in cancer patients. Let’s get singing!  […]

By | April 22nd, 2016|Community, Stress reduction|0 Comments

The “E” word

E X E R C I S E! Maybe it’s just me, but it seems that every health-related document I read talks about how exercise can improve your health, increase your longevity, reduce your stress levels, and minimize side effects [...]

By | April 19th, 2016|Movement, Play, Stress reduction|0 Comments

Sweet Broccoli juice

You’ve probably had your share of orange juice, apple juice, and even carrot juice. Sweet, yummy, and so tasty. Vegetable juices are a bit different though. They’re usually made from a blend of vegetables with a little fruit added. If you’re new to vegetable juices, this is an excellent transitional juice and a great place to start.  […]

By | April 15th, 2016|Empowerment, Food, Recipes, Snacks|2 Comments

What knowing your lemons can teach you about breast cancer

The non-profit group Worldwide Breast cancer has developed some really useful visuals to help educate women about breast cancer. They chose visuals so as to not rely on words to avoid literacy issues and also language issues for multicultural audiences. But selecting the right visual was very difficult too. […]

By | April 12th, 2016|Empowerment|1 Comment

Juicing – a good thing

One possible side effect of chemotherapy is a loss of appetite. The appetite loss can be due to other possible side effects of treatment, such as nausea, general fatigue, or mouth sores. Whatever the reason, it can leave you with [...]

By | April 8th, 2016|Community, Food|0 Comments

Imagine a hug

Sit back, relax, and take a couple of minutes with this blog post. You’ll be glad you did. Take a couple of deep slow breaths. […]

By | April 5th, 2016|Love, Stress reduction|0 Comments

What’s in a name? Why I chose CALMERme

In the launch of my website and blog, I made the decision to change the name.  I know there is lots of opinion out there saying that this isn’t necessarily a good idea when you already have a following, but the way I work now – and my goals for the site – have changed, and so the name needed to change too. So why CALMERme? […]

By | April 1st, 2016|Empowerment, Stress reduction|0 Comments

Getting your body and mind ready for surgery

I read an interesting paper published this year [1] entitled “Can we measure surgical resilience?” It is just a hypothesis at this stage, but the authors are looking at whether there are biomarkers in patients that can measure psychological resilience associated with improved surgery recovery and healing. […]

By | March 29th, 2016|Lifestyle Medicine, Sleep, Stress reduction|0 Comments

Vitamin D levels and breast cancer prognosis: the importance of testing

Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin that our bodies can produce when our skin is exposed to the sunlight.   We can also get it from some foods such as fish, fish oil (especially cod liver oil), and eggs.  It is considered a hormonal vitamin because there are receptors for vitamin D in the body. […]

By | March 25th, 2016|Food, Play|0 Comments

The stages of change: strategies for consistent life-long behavior changes

We all know that change doesn’t just happen.  Changing behaviors is not easy. And when we aren’t successful, we can feel like we’ve failed and didn’t have the will-power to make changes.   […]

By | March 22nd, 2016|Empowerment, Lifestyle Medicine|0 Comments

Spicy Carrot Dip recipe: creamy and zippy

Some friends came round recently and I served them one of my favorite dips with some poppadoms.  Mary asked for the recipe of the dip, so rather than just send it to her, I thought I’d share it here. […]

By | March 18th, 2016|Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Snacks|0 Comments
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