Turmeric ice cream with date swirl | Foodie Friday

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

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! […]

Make-ahead minty poached salmon| Foodie Friday

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

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… […]

Twelve strategies for dealing with nausea and vomiting

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

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. […]

One pot rainbow meal| Foodie Friday

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

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.  […]

Starbright berry muffins| Foodie Friday

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

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. […]

Nordic baked fish and rainbow coleslaw| Foodie Friday

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

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. […]

Food presentation | How to eat during chemo

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

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. […]

Food Hygiene and Safety | How to eat during chemo

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

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. […]

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

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

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.  […]

Strategies for meal times | How to eat during chemo

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

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.  […]

Changes in food taste | How to eat during chemo

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

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?  […]

Hot and cold oatmeal recipes | Foodie Friday

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

Not your mother’s oatmeal… […]

Food temperature | How to eat during chemo

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

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. […]

Importance of food texture | How to eat during chemo

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

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. […]

Falafel recipe | Foodie Friday

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

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 [...]

What and how to eat during chemotherapy

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

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. […]

Sweet Broccoli juice

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

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.  […]

Juicing – a good thing

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

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 [...]

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

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

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. […]

Spicy Carrot Dip recipe: creamy and zippy

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

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. […]

Flax bread recipe – sweet or savory, quick and easy, gluten free

By | February 26th, 2016|Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes, Snacks|

This is a great loaf to have on hand as a breakfast bread, a mid-morning snack, or an afternoon treat. Sugar-free (unless you add your own), this is a versatile loaf that can be made sweet or savory. This recipe uses [...]

Should I avoid soy? What does the research really say?

By | February 23rd, 2016|Food, Research|

Last week I posted a recipe for making homemade soy yogurt.  Delicious, with no added sugar and it takes only two minutes of your time to make.  But many women have read that they should, or have been instructed to, avoid soy or soya if they have a history of estrogen receptor positive (ER+ve) breast cancer. So why did I post that recipe?  Let’s look at what the latest research shows… […]

Soy yogurt recipe — just two minutes, two ingredients and no added sugar

By | February 19th, 2016|Basics, Food, Foodie Friday, Recipes|

I love this fast two ingredient dairy free yogurt recipe. Its taken a few iterations to get it right and so fast. I was using 3 ingredients and taking more time, but I credit the Healthy Librarian for getting it down [...]

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