I wanted to empower cancer patients and survivors so they could see that there are things that they can do to help themselves.
Toronto, ON (PRWEB) February 20, 2013
There are more cancer survivors currently alive than any other time in history. These special people are enthusiastic consumers of cancer reducing habits and choices.
Research in the area of cancer risk reduction regularly reports on the benefits of a good nutrition. One area of nutrition that shows promise in reducing cancer risk is fiber and whole grains.
The recommended fiber intake is 25 g per day for women and 38 g per day for men. Most Americans fall dramatically short of this target, the average being around 14 g per day.
Included in her book entitled The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide and Cookbook, cancer survivor and registered dietitian Jean LaMantia includes a detailed description of the benefits of fiber and whole grains to empower cancer survivors to take their health into their own hands.
“A big part of cancer includes a loss of control. The cancer itself can feel like a betrayal of our bodies, and then we must further surrender control as we agree to the treatment our doctors are recommending”, says LaMantia.
“I wanted to empower cancer patients and survivors so they could see that there are things that they can do to help themselves. The same in true for caregivers, the foods that they bring into the home and the meals that they prepare for cancer patients during treatment and beyond are their way to contribute to the care of the patient” says the first-time author.
Chapter four in The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide and Cookbook, is called “Your Nutrition Toolbox” and it includes many suggestions of foods that can be included in a cancer-fighting diet.
LaMantia’s recommendations for fibre and whole grains include the following tips:
- Replace refined grains in your diet with whole grains
- Include whole grains at every meal
- Try new grains, if you haven’t already, then give amaranth, quinoa, buckwheat, millet and wild rice a try
- Use familiar grains in new ways, for example barley or wheat berry salads
- Cook up a batch of mixed grains, for a nice combination cook a mixture of grains in broth. You can eat them warm as your grain choice at a meal or cool them and add dried fruit, nuts, chopped vegetables and a vinaigrette to make a healthy multi-grain salad
- When cooking grains together, pay attention to the cooking time, longer cooking grains such as wild rice, wheat berries and brown rice will go well together and shorter cooking grains like quinoa, corn and millet will work well.
For more information on how you can reduce your risk of cancer and other chronic diseases by improving your diet, The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide and Cookbook devotes a full chapter including several food lists to outline exactly what should be included in your cancer-fighting diet. This book is available wherever books are sold.
Jean LaMantia is a registered dietitian and cancer survivor. The Essential Cancer Treatment Nutrition Guide and Cookbook is her first book and is written for cancer patients, caregivers, health professionals and others who care about their health and good nutrition. It is available wherever books are sold. She also has free nutrition information available on her website http://www.jeanlamantia.com.