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A Plant Based Diet is Good for Fighting Cancer


The basic principles of a plant-based diet (PBD) are that it focuses on whole, minimally processed foods – whole grains, seeds, vegetables, fruits, legumes, and nuts should make up the majority of what you eat – and limits animal products. A PBD also excludes refined foods, like added sugars, white flour, and processed oils.

A plant-based diet is rooted in food quality, promoting locally sourced, organic food whenever possible.

A healthy diet and lifestyle help in the fight against cancer — whether treating it or in reducing the risk of certain types of cancer.

Various studies on the mental health of people on a prolonged vegan or plant-based diet have found something fantastic – it really helps with anxiety, mood swings, and stress levels, all of which is really good news for someone fighting cancer.

A 2018 study published in American Family Physician noted, “Recommending an eating style can help patients make positive change. Dietary patterns that support health … have benefits that include prevention of cardiovascular disease, cancer, type 2 diabetes mellitus, and obesity.”

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✨Foodie Friday ✨Boost your Immune System with these Herb Recipes


Good Afternoon, Peeps!

Today’s recipes are all about the cancer-fighting herbs that you are hopefully by now growing in your windowsill as per our posts, Creating a Cancer-Fighting Indoor Herb Garden and How to Incorporate Cancer-Fighting Herbs into your Diet.

Ensuring that your Child with Cancer (and the rest of your family) eat well and get the right amount of nutrients to help their immune system grow strong enough to fight this devastating disease is important.

Knowing how and where to get those important nutritious ingredients, as well as how to use them to best effect, is also important – these recipes will do that!

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✨Foodie Friday ✨Great Recipes


Nutritional intervention for children with cancer is challenging, especially for those who do not have the means to employ the use of a qualified nutritionist, but there are many things that one can do at home to ensure that your child with cancer is getting adequate nutrition.

Children with cancer need protein, carbohydrates, fat, water, vitamins, and minerals. Your child’s cancer itself as well as the treatment s they undergo will often cause changes in their eating habits or desire to eat.

Not eating can lead to weight loss, and can cause weakness and fatigue. Helping your child eat as well as they can is an important part of helping them through their treatment and increasing their chances of survival.

When your Little Fighter craves comfort-food, have childhood favourites “real-foodified” at the ready and in your freezer. When they have no appetite, make sure you have nutrient-dense soups and smoothies for them to sip all day. Even a Peanut Butter Sandwich with jam or honey is very beneficial.

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✨Foodie Friday ✨ : Liquid Nutrition


Children with cancer often suffer from Appetite Loss when undergoing Radiation Therapy or Chemotherapy, which means that they are not getting the nutrients that they need to fight their cancer.

Add to this some of the side-effects of these treatments such as ConstipationDiarrhoeaDifficulty Chewing,  DehydrationDifficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia)Dry Mouth (Xerostomia)Mouth Sores or MucositisNausea and Vomiting, and Taste Changes, all of which make it difficult for them to eat, and parents are faced with a massive problem.

This is when it is helpful to have some nutritional liquids on hand that you can give your child to drink to help them fight the cancer and maintain their weight and energy levels.

We have published many recipes for Smoothies and other Healthy Drinks, so today we are going to bring you something a bit different ~ in the form of recipes for Homemade Almond Milk, a  Cleansing Booster Beet Juice, Enoch’s famous Kick’um Juice and an Immunity Boosting Carrot, Orange, Lemon & Ginger Juice

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Real Food Recipes for your Child with Cancer


Switching from cans of soup or casseroles to fresh, real ingredients can be a fun challenge, and right now is the perfect time to swop processed crackers and snacks for fruit, homemade smoothies and yoghurts.

Not only will you ALL all feel better; your blood sugar will stop plummeting daily, you will all be more regular, and you may even lose a few pounds – your children will also learn to be adventurous eaters, and be SO MUCH HEALTHIER for it!

When your Little Fighter craves comfort-food, have childhood favourites “real-foodified” at the ready and in your freezer. When they have no appetite, make sure you have nutrient-dense soups and smoothies for them to sip all day. Even a Peanut Butter Sandwich with jam or honey is very beneficial.

Make overnight slow-cooker broth, muffins and quick breads, smoothies, and homemade coffee creamer to treat yourself as tired parents/caregivers….

While they may have cupcakes and sweets from friends as well as other “fun food” at numerous parties when they can go back to school – it is what is fed at home that makes the biggest difference in your child’s attitude toward nutrition and that way they won’t be robbed of the learning experiences that come with eating “sometimes foods.”

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✨Foodie Friday✨ Nutritious Recipes & Snacks


Ensuring that your Child with Cancer gets sufficient nutrition, which is necessary to improve their immune system so that they can fight the cancer, is not always easy, especially when you are a single parent, are dealing with the side-effects of chemotherapy or radiation treatment, or have other children to look after as well.

The following quick meal and snack suggestions can really be of big help if your Child with Cancer is missing meals while having treatment or waiting for appointments.

Some of these meals/snacks may not seem like the most healthy of choices, but if your Child with Cancer has a poor appetite, it is important to focus on high-protein and high-energy foods and fluids.

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✨Foodie Friday✨ Summer Christmas Recipes


Christmas in South Africa, as in the rest of the Southern Hemisphere is a unique and splendid thing.

While most Christmas Carols, adverts, cards, recipes, etc. are geared towards a winter Christmas, and most others think of chestnuts roasting over an open fire at this time of the year, those of us Down South are thinking about pools, beaches and barbecues, aka BRAAIS in South Africa!

It is already rather intolerably hot and the last thing anyone wants to think about is slaving over a hot stove or eating hot, heavy Christmas food and baked desserts.

We will, therefore, over the next two weeks, be bringing you some lovely and slightly different summery recipes – different methods of preparing and presenting the traditional chicken, turkey and lamb, and some awesome cold side-dishes that will go well with either a braai or baked, grilled meat done in the oven.

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✨Foodie Friday✨ Vegetarian Christmas Recipes


With Christmas around the corner we are all looking for some great recipes for our families, and that includes recipes that Children with Cancer will enjoy, but what about those of us who are vegetarian?

Children with Cancer especially, need to eat as many veggies as possible as they need them to build up their immmune systems which are impaired due to the cancer and the chemotherapy and/ radiation therapy treatments.

Cooking for a vegetarian can be, but need not be, either expensive or boring. Today we bring you some great vegetarian recipes (including a gluten free tabouli).

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✨Foodie Friday✨ Pass da Pasta


Pasta has always been a favourite with both children and adults, and it is so easy and relatively quick to make that it is the perfect meal when you do not have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen.

Pasta is also a great meal or snack for a Child with Cancer because it is soft and easy to swallow, and there are so many different pastas and so many ways in which to prepare it…

Pasta is a perfect foundation for healthy, nutritious and satisfying meals: pasta is generally eaten with nutrient-dense food partners, such as fibre-filled vegetables and beans, heart healthy fish and monounsaturated oils, antioxidant-rich tomato sauce and protein-packed cheeses, poultry and lean meats.

Another great reason to use pasta in conjunction with meat, fish, veggies or even just flavoured with herbs, is that most past dishes taste just as nice the next day (or even two days later) and many of them can be eaten either hot or cold.

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✨Foodie Friday✨ Quick 3 Ingredient Recipes


How much would you love to be able to make a quick, tasty meal for your Child with Cancer that they are sure to enjoy?

No time to spend in the kitchen slaving over a stove for hours on end to cook the family a meal or even make a nice little snack because you are too busy helping your Child with Cancer feel more comfortable in their bed, giving them pain meds, comforting them while they are puking or running them to the doctor or clinic?

Have to choose between spending some time with your other children when having a little break or standing in the kitchen preparing meals?

NO problem, help is at hand. Today we are bringing you some easy-to-make, delicious recipes for which you only require three ingredients.

 

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