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Cancer and Diet

Cancer and diet go together. Maybe diet doesn’t directly cause cancer, but people who get cancer often battle it through diet changes.

My previous post was about cancer survivors, and I want to follow up with a post on using diet to reduce cancer patients’ sufferings. My sources are two: my own mother’s cancer experience and a doctor’s and nutritionist’s book called The Cancer Survival Cookbook: 200 quick and easy recipes with helpful eating hints. 

Unfortunately, I did not have this book when my family was trying to feed nutritious foods to my mom in her final months. Otherwise, things would have gone much better.

My mom suffered several of the eating challenges that the book’s authors address. Cancer took her appetite and left mouth sores in its place. In brutal cycles, she endured nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and constipation. For sure, these are not happy, social topics.

But doctor and cancer survivor, Christina Marino, and her co-author, cancer nutritionist, Donna Weihofen at the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center, take up each of these cancer-treatment side effects and offer pages of advice on how to lessen them. Keep reading for some of their ideas.

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Fast, Easy, Low-fat Chicken Recipe That’s Good Enough To Serve Company; A Must-Have Recipe

Need a fast, easy, low-fat chicken recipe that’s good enough to serve company? You likely already have some such recipe in your recipe box, but if you’re entertaining the same folks again, you might just want another. And here’s where I can help.

You see, I collect fast, easy, cook-at-the-last-minute recipes because last minute cooking is what I’m most practiced at. The skill isn’t by choice, but it developed out of necessity, or rather, self-defense.

Especially on weekends, dinner-cooking time sneaks up on me. Perhaps I’ve been stalked for hours, but I’ve been oblivious to temporal danger. I’ll be out in the garden or at the computer completely absorbed in some task when suddenly, I’m pounced on. Paralyzing realization that my guests will arrive in 30 minutes holds me in a death grip. Physical struggle is futile, and my desperate mind whips through memories of fast, easy dinners made in perils past.

Scrambling, I take rapid mental inventory of my freezer’s contents. If I’ve been a proactive shopper, boneless chicken breasts will be there. And if not, well, there are other frozen options but none quiet edible enough to serve adults. Through martial training I can half-defrost the chicken in the microwave while showering off garden dirt. Then, while standing wet in a towel, I will turn over the chicken. It finishes defrosting while I finish dressing. A few minutes later, we’re both ready to start cooking. If I’ve chosen the right recipe, dinner will meet its deadline. But the trick is in picking the right chicken recipe. Keep reading for my newly-found and delicious recipe for chicken with orange sauce.

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Powerful Personality Test: How You Eat Chocolate Fudge Pie Tells All

Need a powerful personality test to figure someone out fast? Below is a chocolate fudge pie recipe that will let you size up someone’s personality in minutes. Scrap those other laborious personality tests. This test WORKS and it tastes TERRIFIC!

To administer the test, first bake the chocolate fudge pie. It will only take are few minutes to assemble and then 45 minutes to bake. Easy. Next, invite the person of questionable personality over for dinner. Display the chocolate fudge pie prominently on the kitchen counter. Pretend you’re preparing dinner so your “guest” will stand with you in the kitchen. Then watch! Keep reading and I’ll tell you what to watch for.

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Cancer Survival Cookbook Helps Busy Working Mother Survive Life; Easy Chicken Recipe Kids Like

You don’t have to be looking to survive cancer to go looking for quick and easy recipes and helpful eating hints. You can simply be trying to survive life, specifically a life crazy with busy kids, work, and non-stop puppy trouble. Yesterday afternoon, after yet another action-packed day, I went looking for a recipe that was easy, the kids would like, and could be made with ingredients on hand. I knew where to look. It was the first book I grabbed: Donna Weihofen’s, R.D. and Christina Marino’s, M.D. The Cancer Survival Cookbook: 200 quick and easy recipes with helpful eating hints. These cancer-health professionals wrote the cookbook for their cancer patients. But their special sections featuring: Nourishing snack ideas; weight maintenance tips; special cooking techniques; food safety facts, and appealing foods for soft meals are helpful to everyone. Yesterday I was looking in the main section: Delicious recipes for the entire family.

I selected their recipe for chicken with mushrooms in wine cream sauce. The whole family likes chicken and mushrooms. The kids like cream, and I like wine so I figured this recipe would be a winner. It was. Click on “continue reading…” for the easy recipe.

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Eating and Cancer: LiveStrong With A Taste Of Yellow Raises Cancer Awareness With Recipes For Yellow Foods

Once again I’m happy to participate in the LiveStrong With A Taste Of Yellow, – a food-blogging event annually hosted by cancer survivor and food-blogger Barbara of Winos and Foodies.  In this event, bloggers prepare, photograph and write about a yellow food, then submit it to Barbara who will post it in her LiveStrong With A Taste Of Yellow round-up. This is a way food-bloggers can participate in the larger effort by the Lance Armstrong Foundation to raise cancer awareness and support cancer sufferers and their families.

Again this year I am looking for a suitably yellow recipe in my Cancer Survival Cookbook: 200 quick and easy recipes with helpful eating hints.The book was co-authored by Donna Weihofen, RD, MS, nutritionist at the University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center and by Christina Marino, MD, MPH, cancer doctor, researcher, and survivor. Marino contributes her professional training in the culinary arts from the L’Academie de Cuisine. And she draws extensively on her own experience of trying to maintain a healthy diet in the face of all the painful side effects of cancer treatment. Paired with Weihofen who knows how to cook healthy and yummy meals quick and easy, these two women make a dynamic team in their committed effort to help cancer patients regain strength and wellness through healthy eating.

This year I’ve prepared their recipe for Lemon Buttermilk Custard. Click on “Continue reading…” for the recipe.

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Recipe for Comforting Sick Children – Homemade Macaroni and Cheese Casserole

Sunday, Lauren (8) came down with strep throat. For the first 36 hours, she consumed only sporadic tablespoons of jello. Yesterday, she tentatively began eating again. This noon, she requested macaroni and cheese. Relief dropped my shoulders back below my ears. Her health is returning. Eager to please, I went for the Kraft Macaroni and Cheese box, – a staple in the cupboard.

“Oh no, Mom. Please not Kraft,” she said in a plaintiff voice. “Won’t you make it like you did before? -Homemade macaroni and cheese?!”

I looked at her blankly. I had no clue how I had made “homemade” macaroni and cheese before. I said I didn’t remember how to make it.

“But Mom, that was the best macaroni and cheese EVER! You know how! – You do!” She insisted.

I admit a vague remembrance of tossing odd amounts of cheese into…was it butter and milk? Did I use olive oil? Did I do it in a double boiler? I was at a loss. Typical, that night I must have been just tossing and stirring food into pots while my mind tended to household mail, kid homework, ‘ow-ies’, sibling squabbles, and all the rest that goes into a normal, healthy life. And that night I made “the best macaroni and cheese ever? Hmh, I paused. It’s not that I’m a great cook, mind you. It’s just that that night I must have gotten lucky, and they ate what I made.

“Please Mom, won’t you make it?” she repeated her plea. What could I say to those fever-glazed eyes? My daughter had just returned from a mother’s-imagined death’s door. Somehow I had to whip up a cheese sauce. So what did I do?..I punted.

I remembered seeing a macaroni and cheese recipe in The Cancer Survival Cookbook, in the section “Easy Lunches”. (Seemed appropriate at the moment.) The recipe is slightly more elaborate than a Kraft mock-up. It is actually a casserole in which the macaroni and cheese get baked with seasonings beneath a bread crumb/parsley/cheese topping.  So I made it. And I’m posting the recipe on the side page Comfort Foods – Wisconsin Style.

I mostly followed the ingredients list. I had already dumped pasta in water, so I wasn’t sure the pasta proportion was exactly 10 ounces like the recipe called for. And I didn’t use elbow macaroni, – but both my substitutes (from previously opened boxes) were rippled or twisted. I didn’t have shredded American cheese, – I used shredded Mozzarella. But Weihofen and Marino, the cookbook’s authors, say to try the recipe with cheddar and Swiss, so I guess they’re flexible about cheese too.

The upshot? – We both liked the baked macaroni and cheese…

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