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Living with cancer: Stock your pantry with nutritious choices

By Sheryl M. Ness, R.N. November 8, 2011

It's been a while since we talked about nutrition. Your relationship with food is an important one. Eating well gives you energy and nutrients to heal and continue on your path of survivorship. Healing and preventing cancer recurrence are priorities, so with that in mind, try small changes at first, and find nutritious foods that you enjoy.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables (explore what's in season so they are fresh and tasty).
  • Limit sweets and salt.
  • Add more fiber (whole grains and nuts, for example).
  • Limit saturated fats (try adding olive oil instead).
  • Choose fresh fish and lean meats (limit red meats and smoked or cured meats)

Some ways to have fun while making these changes might include shopping for a new cookbook with healthy meal plans, planting a vegetable or herb garden, or taking a cooking class that gives you practical ways to incorporate these changes. Keep your kitchen and pantry stocked with your favorite healthy choices.

I'd love to hear how you have changed your nutrition habits to positive ones. Please share your ideas with each other.

With

Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.

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Nov. 08, 2011