“Cooking Through Cancer Treatment To Recovery” by Dr. Lisa Price ND and Susan Gins, Certified Nutritionist, is a unique cookbook in many ways. Written for family and friends, as well as people going through cancer treatment, the focus is to use food to decrease the side effects of treatment. At the same time this approach improves the quality of life by making the patient feel better, hopefully using less prescription medicine for common side effects, lightening the load on the liver and empowering people to take an active, positive part in their lives.
Recipe on cover: Artichoke, Bean, Hazelnut and Asparagus Salad
Here is a partial list of criteria we used and why we used it:
All the recipes are hypoallergenic and do not contain gluten, dairy, processed sugar or soy.
Why? Many people are sensitive or allergic and try to avoid these ingredients. Not eliminating these foods? Then use the recipes and substitute what works for you!
2. 98% of the recipes are only four steps long.
Why? We did not want to add more stress to anyone’s life who was using the cookbook. We kept it simple and flavorful. We included a shopping list guide to stock your pantry.
3. All the recipes have Nutrition Facts information.
Why? We want people to have a healthy balance of protein, carbohydrates, fiber and good fat. In addition, people going through treatment may have other medical problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, irritable bowel, etc. With Nutrition Facts, it’s easy to see how the recipes fit into their Doctor’s diet recommendations.
4. Each recipe is coded for symptoms and treatment phases.
Why? It’s easy to see for example, if you are going through chemo and you have fatigue or nausea, you can read on the each recipe if it’s good for these issues. There’s a symbol with a letter: P/S=Pretreatment & Surgery, R=Radiation; C=Chemo; H=Hormonal Therapy; R/P=Remission and Prevention.
In addition, Dr. Price has created a grid in the back of the book that lists all the treatment phases and the side effects and leads you to the recipes that are recommended for example, constipation, joint pain muscle aches, nausea during chemo. There are eight pages of this grid that cover every treatment phase and all the most documented side effects of treatment.
There are many recipes to choose from so you can pick one or many that appeal to you at the time.
Each recipe has a Health Tip 101 explaining certain nutrients and why they are important to you.
Recipe pictured: Bibimpap
It is well documented in scientific journals that people who are able to stay healthy during treatment have better outcomes and are able to transition to their pre-treatment lives more easily. The particular nutrients-vitamins, minerals, bioflavonoids, good fats-included in each recipe have been studied to have positive effects decreasing the symptoms of cancer treatment. Using the recipes in our book will support you in remission and prevention.
This blog post was written by Susan Gins, MS, Certified Nutritionist, and one of the authors of this book. Visit her nutrition website at: www.nourish.net