Saturday, 30 June 2012

How especially important your diet is when fighting disease

Your diet always important and couldn't be more important when the body is compromised.  Don't give it another fight by feeding it nutrient poor crap -

"let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food" 
hippocrates

Being in this line of work opens me up to meeting some of the most amazing similar thinkers (and really what's better than surrounding oneself with people who think what you think is fantastic?!?).  I love that my community isn't just the city block I live on but stretches world wide.

May I introduce you to someone I admire...Jillian McKee
Jillian has worked as the Complementary Medicine Advocate at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance since June of 2009. Jillian spends most her time on outreach efforts and spreading information about the integration of complementary and alternative medicine when used in conjunction with traditional cancer treatment.

Jillian is doing me the great honour of contributing here at Life: a Study.

Tasty Vegetarian Meals Can Benefit Cancer Patients

Vegetarian meals play a big role in providing cancer patients with healthy nutrients that can increase the way a person feels.  When a person has cancer, it is vital that proper nutrition be consumed in order for the individual to boost their immune system, gain energy, and feel physically refreshed.  When heavy foods such as fatty meats and foods loaded with starches are consumed, this can lead to a person having decreased energy levels.  Decreased energy levels make it difficult to maintain strength that is needed in order to cope with the disease and endless sessions of cancer treatment.

People with mesothelioma cancer and other forms of cancer can potentially benefit a great deal by incorporating healthy vegetarian meals into their daily consumption of food.  There are numerous wraps that can be created for tasty and appetizing lunches and dinners that are loaded with valuable nutritious content.  Whole wheat wraps and spinach wraps are ideal as they add even more nutrients.

To make a basic wrap, simply use a spinach or whole wheat wrap, lay it out on a plate, add a dressing of choice, and then begin layering vegetables in thin slices into the wrap.  Once the vegetable slices have been added, another light drizzle of dressing will help to complete the wrap and make it moist.  Moist, tender wraps are easy to swallow and this is often an important aspect as many cancer patients have difficulty swallowing food.

Common vegetables that are delicious and nutritious to put into wraps to be used for lunch or dinner meals include kale, Boston lettuce, spring leaf lettuce, banana peppers, bell peppers, cucumbers, black olives, tomatoes, broccoli, red cabbage, onions, garlic, and mushrooms.  For a crispy and sweet wrap, consider making a spinach wrap with crunchy lettuce, sliced strawberries, radishes, baked sweet potato chips, and a sweet vinaigrette dressing.  

Wraps can be creative and wholesome and filled with protein and nutrients that can help to keep a person energized for a long day of treatments.  Wraps for supper can be filled with steamed vegetables such as asparagus, sautéed avocados, sweet onions, lettuce, basil, and warm mushrooms for a more hearty meal.  For extra protein, chopped nuts and hardboiled eggs can be added.  Extra protein will help to increase energy levels and also will make the person feel more rejuvenated after a long day.

Adding cheese to wraps is a great way to get calcium.  Cream cheeses can even be used for spreads instead of dressings.  Mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, and pepper jack cheese can spruce up any wrap for a delicious and filling meal.  In addition to cheese included in wraps, adding a serving of cottage cheese or baked tomatoes with melted cheese as a side dish for lunch or dinner can provide additional nutrition and calcium.  

The American Institute for Cancer Research has provided a list of vegetables that are recommended for people with cancer.  Any of these vegetables can be included in a wrap for a healthy and tasty meal.

**A little post script, to ensure any of these great recommendations are gluten free use a gluten free wrap (like a rice wrap). I would also recommend for everyone to make your own salad dressings.  You can use any of the dressing on the recipe page, this not only ensures the dressing is gluten free (many pre-made bottled dressing aren't!) but steers you away from food additives, weird preservatives and bad fats - ingredients that aren't good for anyone no matter their state of health.

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