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Lymphedema Diet
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Lymphedema Diet

Before I can talk about the lymphedema diet, or as it’s spelled in the U.K. lymphoedema diet…I want to begin with a quick background. What is lymphedema? Lymphedema is a troubling condition of chronic swelling that can either be primary or secondary. In the case of primary lymphedema it can affect babies, children and adults....

Chocolate Chip Flax Cookies
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Chocolate Chip Flax Cookies

I make these cookies regularly for a healthy snack for my kids. They take these nut-free cookies in their lunch every day. Adults and kids like these healthy chocolate chip cookies despite some unusual ingredients.

10 Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle
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10 Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle

Why talk about 10 tips for a healthy lifestyle? Several times a year, we are inclined to push the reset button and begin anew. It might be a new year, your birthday, the anniversary of a significant date (like the date or your diagnosis or the day you finished your treatment), or the start of a new school year.  I love the feeling of reflecting on the past year – with a focus on my accomplishments and looking ahead to the next year with a renewed sense of purpose and taking some time to set goals for a healthy lifestyle for myself.

Canada’s New Food Guide and Lymphedema
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Canada’s New Food Guide and Lymphedema

I was asked to contribute an article to Pathways Magazine – a publication of the Canadian Lymphedema Framework. The article is on Canada’s New Food Guide and how that is applicable for people with lymphedema. This Cancer Bites blog post has been re-printed with permission from the Canadian Lymphedema Framework. Canada’s New Food Guide and...

Vitamin E and Your Immune System
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Vitamin E and Your Immune System

This blog is part 2 in my Nutrients for Immune Function Series on nutrition and its impact on immune function. If you missed reading the previous Cancer Bites blog "What Foods Boost My Immune System?" you can read it now.

Pan Fried Maitake Mushrooms
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Pan Fried Maitake Mushrooms

This post is about finding and eating mushrooms! While I am usually adventurous when it comes to trying new foods, I must admit I was a little hesitant when it came to mushrooms.

Mediterranean Tuna Salad No Mayo
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Mediterranean Tuna Salad No Mayo

When you think of tuna salad you usually think about tuna and mayonnaise. But this Mediterranean tuna salad has no mayo. Instead it using fresh squeezed lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil and fresh parsley for a taste of Mediterranean seaside.

Chaga Mushrooms and Cancer
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Chaga Mushrooms and Cancer

I enjoy working with my clients, most of whom are cancer patients and survivors and they ask great questions! I was asked by one of my clients if she should be drinking chaga tea. I’ll admit, I don’t know everything about everything, but I was happy to research this for her, and I figured that...

Foods that Prevent Cancer
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Foods that Prevent Cancer

The World Cancer Research Fund along with its partners the American Institute for Cancer Research have published their updated guidelines regarding the links between food, nutrition, physical activity and cancer. This latest publication, published in 2018 is the 3rd comprehensive report. The last one was published in 2007.

A New Cancer Risk Reduction Guide
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A New Cancer Risk Reduction Guide

When I finished my cancer treatment, I was full of anxiety. I thought that every time I got a headache or a twinge or uneasy feeling that my cancer had come back. I was jumpy and on edge. When I asked my doctor what I could do he said ‘just eat a healthy diet’ but that didn’t seem like enough. When I heard this, I pictured Canada’s Food Guide (nothing wrong with Canada’s Food Guide) but being a cancer survivor, I felt I needed something more specific to my needs.