Amanda Bontempo, MS, RD, CSO, CDN, gives some tips for healthy eating. Join us on 4/18 at 1 PM for our tweetchat, with Bontempo as moderator, to discuss more nutrition.
There’s a lot of advice out there (including my own) about what kinds of food you should be eating and avoiding. Eating healthfully is hard. Cancer treatment is harder. There are many symptoms and side effects that may preclude your ability to follow some of this guidance. That’s okay. I strongly recommend that each patient work directly with his/her Oncology Registered Dietitian to help you manage your individual needs.
So I’m going to share with you the general rules that I live by and that I support as a sensible, yet critical, non-dogmatic, yet informed eater. It is way too easy to let other people and food companies make your eating decisions for you. These rules will hopefully (subtly) try to get you to be more conscious of what you’re eating. Rules for eating should not oppose thousands of years of humanity. Tell us what you think on Tuesday, April 18th at 1pm EST during the next Cure Today Tweet Chat.
These rules are a little bit more about the broader perspective including behavior. They don’t have the same scientific weight of rigorous randomized controlled trials because…well, little in nutrition ever is. I should also say that I wish I invented these recommendations. Alas, I’ve simply aggregated them after reading the work of others including very non-official research; recommendations from governing bodies like the American Institute for Cancer Research, among others; Food Rules by Michael Pollan; conversations with patients, friends and family; and lastly, by eating.
Here’s a more positive and realistic approach:
Do you have other tips to share? Tell us what you think on Tuesday, April 18th at 1pm EST during the next #CureConnect Tweet Chat where we can discuss nutrition and food more.