Now that you are a cancer patient who is dedicated to doing all possible to survive and thrive, we urge you to examine the important issue of diet and nutrition.  It used to be common for healthcare professionals to say, “Eat anything you want.”  That may be a medical opinion but it is not an informed medical opinion.  Nutrition makes a difference.  In this section we will offer real-food nutritional practices and guidelines that will help in your healing.  Let’s get started.

Clean Out Your Pantry & Refrigerator

Your refrigerator and pantry are likely to contain processed foods. If ever there was a time to eat real food, cancer is it. Now, take a bold step toward making informed nutrition choices by acting on the following:

1

Throw out the following oils:

Margarine, Solid shortenings, Partially-hydrogenated oil, . . . and products made with them.
2

Buy the following oils:

Extra virgin olive oil, Vegetable spray, Sesame oil.
3

Throw out the following sweeteners:

Sugar, Aspartame, Saccharin, . . . and products made with them.
4

Buy the following sweetener:

Stevia.
5

Throw out the following meats:

Salami, Bologna, Sausage, Bacon, Hot dogs, Smoked ham, Smoked turkey, . . . and products made with them.
6

Healthy Cooking Techniques:

Coat the pan with vegetable spray, Stir fry, Oven fry, Bake in parchment or foil, Poach, Steam, Stew.

Season Healthfully Using Herbs & Spices

To Flavor: Use:
Vegetables Basil, caraway, chives, dill, ginger, tarragon, oregano, rosemary
Fruits Cinnamon, cloves, mint, nutmeg
Meats Garlic, oregano, rosemary, sage, dill, fennel, tarragon, thyme, parsley, curry
Salads Basil, chives, dill, marjoram, mint, parsley

 

The Cancer Recovery Meal Plan:

Meal #1 Options

Meal #2 Options

Option A:

  • Scrambled egg whites with red peppers and onions
  • Tomato slices
  • Orange
  • Herb tea

Option B:

  • Oatmeal
  • Soy milk
  • Blueberries
  • Ginger tea

 

 

Option A:

  • Chicken Caesar Salad with whole grain croutons
  • Carrot sticks with hummus
  • Iced Green Tea

Option B:

  • Veggie Burger
  • Whole grain bread
  • Mixed green salad
  • Fresh tomato juice

Meal #3 Options

Option A:

  • Baked eggplant
  • Whole grain dinner roll
  • Steamed broccoli
  • Mixed green salad
  • Apple slices

Option B:

  • Wild salmon
  • Brown rice
  • Cauliflower potatoes
  • Greek salad
  • Fresh plum

Cancer Recovery Meal Plan: 6 “Mini-Meals” a Day

Meal #1 Options

Meal #2 Options

Option A: 

  • Fresh tomato juice
  • Whole wheat bagel/peanut butter

Option B:

  • Grapefruit
  • Hard-boiled egg

Option A: 

  • Mixed green salad

Option B: 

  • Non-fat yogurt

Meal #3 Options

Meal #4 Options

Option A:

  • Vegetable soup
  • Cheese

Option B: 

  • Mixed green salad
  • Unsalted Almonds

Option A: 

  • Protein Bar (sugar-free)

Option B: 

  • Apple

Meal #5 Options

Meal #6 Options

Option A: 

  • Herb-encrusted fish
  • Mixed green salad

Option B: 

  • Roast turkey breast
  • Cauliflower potatoes

Option A: 

  • Celery sticks with hummus

Shop Healthfully

  • Read labels.
  • Buy lowest fat/salt/sugar choices.
  • Eat before you shop.

Sample Menus

We are pleased to offer here two variations with two options for each meal.  With simple substitutions, you can create a joyful variety of delicious meals that maximize nutrition.

 The Cancer Recovery “Real Foods” Shopping List™