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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...

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.

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...

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.

What is Radon and Why Should I Care?
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What is Radon and Why Should I Care?

Radon Facts Not heard of radon? You’re not alone. Despite being an established environmental carcinogen (cancer causing agent), it doesn’t get nearly the press it deserves. For example, you have probably heard more about PCBs in fish than you have heard about radon in your home. Yet radon gas is estimated to be responsible for...

Nutrition for Lymphedema
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Nutrition for Lymphedema

This article originally on Nutrition for Lymphema appeared in Pathways magazine. Permission to republish the article as a Cancer Bites blog was granted by the publisher of Pathways magazine,  The Canadian Lymphedema Framework. Read more about the Canadian Lymphedema Framework and the great work that they do to support Canadians with lymphedema and consider attending their national lymphedema conference where I will be presenting a talk on Lymphedema Diet.

Can I Starve My Cancer?
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Can I Starve My Cancer?

Can I Starve My Cancer? This is an important question that many people ask when faced with a cancer diagnosis.  I first heard this over 20 years ago, when I was doing my clinical dietetic internship. The standard answer at the time was “no, you can’t starve your cancer without starving yourself.” But at that...