Jun 6, 2012

My Health Master- Cancer and Nutrition


Jillian McKee

Complementary Medicine Advocate

Bringing a wealth of personal and professional experience to the organization, Jillian McKee 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.

Family Members Can Help Cancer Patients by Planning Healthy Meals

It is well known that food plays an important role in a person’s health.  People who eat fatty foods that are high in starches, sugars, saturated fats, and artificial flavors are prone to being overweight, having less energy, and high blood pressure and cholesterol issues.  While it is important for any person to maintain a healthy diet to increase quality of life, it is even more so important for cancer patients to eat foods that are nutritious and healthy.  

Family members can support their loved one with cancer by helping to prepare meals for the person.  Many times, people with cancer receive nutrition information from their physicians or oncologists that they are to try to incorporate healthy foods into their daily diets.  These foods often consist of meals and snacks that include high quantities of fruits, vegetables, dairy products, citrus, and nuts.  If a person is very ill from the disease, or from the treatments of cancer, it can be a physical strain to try to find energy to prepare healthy meals.  

Friends and family members who have loved ones who are battling cancer can be a big support by creating healthy recipes and meals that are loaded in calcium, protein, and high in fiber.  Many fruits and vegetables have helpful antioxidants in them that give people who have been diagnosed with mesothelioma or any other form of cancer, an edge for extra energy and strength when it comes to coping with cancer.  It is vital that a person battling cancer keep up as much physical strength as possible so the person can maintain the rounds of treatment that are necessary to defeat the disease.

By pre-packaging snacks such as fruits and nuts and putting them in the person’s refrigerator, family members can provide a great source of help to their loved one.  It is common for people with cancer to lack energy enough that they feel too tired to eat, let alone try to find the strength to prepare healthy meals themselves.  

This often results in a person eating quick and easy foods that are loaded in sugar and fats that do not provide proper nutrition for the cancer patient.  Water, lemon-flavored natural drinks, small amounts of coffee, salads loaded with eggs, cheese, nuts, and diced vegetables are very beneficial to people who are trying to gain strength as they undergo cancer treatments such as surgery, chemotherapy, prescription pills, and radiation.

The Food Domain is an educational resource site that lists multiple topics on nutrition for people battling major diseases such as cancer and diabetes.  They provide contemporary recipe suggestions for healthy foods, as well as detailed nutrition topics that can benefit people who are preparing meals for people with cancer.

By: Jillian Mckee:  Of The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

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