Having a Child with Cancer in the house means that you are generally stressed and fatigued to the max! This also means that you do not have a lot of time for normal household duties, including cooking elaborate meals.
Added to this, a Child with Cancer very often either does not have an appetite or cannot eat certain foods due to their treatment, mouth sores, taste changes, lack of appetite and various other reasons, so what to do?
Nutrition is really important for a Child with Cancer as they need all the strength they can muster to fight off the monster that is cancer. This means that even if it is difficult to eat o they don’t have much of an appetite, they need nutrition to build up their immune systems.
Today we bring you some easy, quick and minimal-ingredient recipes that we are sure your child will enjoy (you might just enjoy them too, and remember is is just as important to keep your strength up!)
Hola, Little Fighter Friends & Supporters – it is Friday again and we have survived the week, and what a week it was again in South Africa.
Time to forget about work and politics and to get some well-deserved rest and relaxation and re-energise ourselves for next week.
Winter is upon us and it is set to be a cold weekend in the Western Cape with snowfalls on the mountain peaks so some nice winter warmers are called for – the kind of food that “sticks to one’s bones” as our parents/grandparents would say….
We hope that you enjoy these recipes that we publish every week and look forward to some feedback as to whether you have tried them or not, whether your Child with Cancer enjoyed them, and also whether there are any recipes that you would like us to publish.
We know that you as a parent are doing your best to help your Child with Cancer cope with fighting this devastating disease, spending hours at their bedside both at home and in the hospital, still trying to look after the rest of the family, and so much more, and that this takes everything you have.
We realise that trying to cook healthy meals is really difficult under the circumstances, especially when it is difficult for your Child with Cancer to eat, but good nutrition is paramount under the circumstances, which is why we try to make it easier by supplying you with easy, nutritious, cancer-fighting recipes.
Free radicals are highly reactive chemicals that have the potential to harm cells. Free radicals are formed naturally in the body and play an important role in many normal cellular processes.
At high concentrations, however, free radicals can be hazardous to the body and damage all major components of cells, including DNA, proteins, and cell membranes. The damage to cells caused by free radicals, especially the damage to DNA, may play a role in the development of cancer and other health conditions.
Antioxidants are chemicals that interact with and neutralise free radicals, thus preventing them from causing damage. The body makes some of the antioxidants it uses to neutralise free radicals, but it also relies on external sources, primarily the diet, to obtain the rest of the antioxidants it needs. Fruits, vegetables, and grains are rich sources of dietary antioxidants.
Hola, Peeps! It is winter and the mountains are covered with snow making it absolutely f…f..f..frreeeeezing cold.
While we support our Children with Cancer and their Families by supplying them with warm blankets, winter clothing and food where possible, we understand that eating well is vital in the fight against cancer.
It is still difficult for most of these families to feed their child with cancer nutritional food that will warm them and build up their immune system due to financial as well as time-constraints, so here are some recipes to help make it a bit easier.
If you are anything like me, you have read many articles regarding various foods or nutrients that supposedly either increase or decrease the risk of cancer.
You will also find many articles that claim that certain foods are so-called ‘superfoods’ that can prevent or cure cancer merely by eating them.
While nature does contain certain natural remedies, and while eating or not eating certain foods may be good for one’s health, it is unlikely that specific ‘superfoods’, on their own, could directly affect the risk of cancer.
Unfortunately there are still those who insist on spreading stories about what is good, not good, what is carcinogenic, and what can/will or cannot/will not cause or cure cancer.
This article will hopefully bring you some clarity on some of the most talked-about foods or nutrients.
Eggs are a powerhouse of nutrition in a handy little round package. These little guys are packed with many nutrients – they’re an excellent source of choline and selenium, and a good source of high-quality protein, vitamin D, vitamin B12, phosphorous and riboflavin. In addition, eggs are rich in the essential amino acid, leucine.
Eggs contain zero carbs and no sugar. That means you can eat a well-rounded breakfast during the week without feeling round yourself. Eggs are also naturally gluten free!
Many individuals avoid eating egg yolks due to the bad rap they’ve been given through the years for their cholesterol content, but the latest studies have found that an egg yolk a day has no effect on cholesterol levels, even for people with elevated numbers.
Most of the vitamins and minerals in an egg are found in the yolk. The white of an egg contains about 60% of the egg’s total protein, with the remaining 40% found in the yolk. Additionally, fat and cholesterol in the egg yolk have fat-soluble nutrients like vitamin D, E, A, choline, and the carotenoids lutein/zeaxanthin. Read the rest of this entry
A new world-class facility dedicated to advancing research in cancer, the Primary Children’s and Families’ Cancer Research Center, officially opened at the Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah last month. At the opening, Jon M. Huntsman also announced a commitment from the Huntsman family and Huntsman Cancer Foundation to give $120 million to HCI.
The new centre was opened to expand research in cancers that affect children and families and to accelerate the development of new treatments and cancer prevention strategies.
The 225,000 square-foot expansion doubles HCI’s research capacity. Research enhancements include a biotechnology centre with the latest advanced genetic sequencing and imaging equipment. Scientists and researchers at the centre will leverage the additional space and technology to study the leading disease killer of children, to trace familial cancers, to accelerate the development of new treatments and cancer prevention strategies, and to enhance training programs for the next generation of cancer researchers.
If there is one thing that South Africans love, it is their Braai (BBQ), but with all the scares around eating grilled meat, some are querying whether this is still possible, and a Saffa who cannot braai is totally lost. How are they going to watch rugby now, or just have a nice day with friends around the pool or in the lapa of an evening?
Never fear, help is at hand, fellow Saffas, and you can STILL have your beloved braai – and in a healthy way too! When the scent of your neighbour’s braai tempts you to cook your own food on the grill, consider marinating your meat first.
“Carcinogens – substances capable of causing cancer – are produced when meats (animal proteins) are cooked at high temperatures, so grilled meats can certainly increase the levels of carcinogens in the body. Marinating can reduce the formation of one type of potential carcinogen associated with grilling – use an acidic marinade such as vinegar or citrus juice. And no carcinogens are produced with grilled vegetables, so you can grill all the veggies you want.”
Cancer treatment can affect both the appetite and digestion of a Child with Cancer, making it difficult to enjoy the foods they usually love.
Added to the fact that they are just feeling miserable and do not have an appetite because of the cancer itself, they also have to deal with cancer treatment side-effects such as Appetite Loss, Diarrhoea, Nausea and Vomiting, Dehydration, Taste Changes, a Sore mouth, Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia) and more…
While your child may not always feel like eating, it’s important to do what you can to help them maintain their intake of calories, protein and fluids. Think of good nutrition as an essential part of their recovery and do what you can to make it a priority.
Yesterday we gave you some important information about e’Pap, a revolutionary nutrient-loaded porridge that was created to cater to the feeding needs of HIV patients and babies.
Nutrient content in fruit and vegetables has dropped up to 76% over the past 50 years in the USA and Europe. Proof that modern intensive agriculture practices create the problem. The result is a global crisis of mass starvation of micro-nutrients in communities both rich and poor.
Such is the success of e’Pap in improving nutrition, energy and productivity for those who consume it, that up to two million servings a month of e’Pap are distributed in Africa.
e’Pap could be the answer for Children with Cancer – it is full of vitamins, cheap, and easy-to-make; it does not even require cooking so is suitable for use in even the remotest rural areas.
Children with Cancer generally have many problems caused by their cancer and by the cancer treatments they are undergoing, such as Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy, including losing weight, inability to eat or swallow, and an impaired immune system exactly at the time that they need everything they can get to fight this devastating disease.
Part of the answer to these problems may lay in a nutrient-loaded porridge that was developed by the late Dr Basil Kransdorff, a South African doctor, specifically to cater to feeding HIV patients and babies.
The late Dr Basil Kransdorff and wife Rose’s work helping an NGO called CARE (Community AIDS Response) at the Joburg General Hospital, led to a worldwide debate on Food Security vs Nutrition Security.
Back in 2000 there was no medication and Doctors were telling patients diagnosed with HIV to go home, eat a healthy well-balanced diet and prepare to die. It was a difficult time when little was known about treating those living with HIV.
It is winter in South Africa, and that means that we need to eat more, eat more hot food, and eat more nutritional food in order to stave off the bitter cold weather, influenza, the sniffles etc.
This is vitally important for our Little Fighters, as Children with Cancer need all of their strength to build up their immune system which is compromised due to the cancer and as a result of the treatments such as Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy.
Children with Cancer have to follow a nutritionally specific diet, which is often impossible for cancer-affected families to follow due to lack of funds.
In excess of 50% of the individual Childhood Cancer-affected families that are supported by the Little Fighters Cancer Trust have lost one income due to the child’s diagnosis. LFCT supports in excess of 100 Childhood Cancer-affected Families with groceries every month!
With one parent in the hospital for months, sometimes years on end, the sole breadwinner struggles to make ends meet at home. The Little Fighters Cancer Trust ensures that these families have food in the home while the Child with Cancer is in and out of hospital via our Feeding Our Families project.
We need YOUR help to put food on the table for many of our Little Fighters and their Families who are really struggling. Read the rest of this entry
Although we have previously mentioned Gerson Therapy, we thought that you might be interested in more information on this Alternative Therapy for Cancer.
The Gerson Therapy was one of the first natural cancer therapeutics and has successfully treated patients for more than 80 years. Rooted in an organic, plant-based diet, raw juices, coffee enemas, and natural supplements, the Gerson Therapy restores the body’s ability to heal itself.
The Gerson diet is naturally high in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, micro-nutrients, and extremely low in sodium, fats, and proteins. A typical daily diet for a Gerson patient on the full therapy regimen features 13 glasses of fresh, raw carrot-apple and green-leaf juices prepared hourly from fresh, organic fruits and vegetables; three full plant-based meals, freshly prepared from organically grown fruits, vegetables, and whole grains; and fresh fruit and vegetables available at all hours for snacking, in addition to the regular diet.
The Gerson diet is extremely detailed. It is not just the foods that are included and excluded; it is when the foods are eaten, how often they are eaten, how they are prepared, how not to prepare them, what to cook them in, how to package them, etc.
Add to this some of the side-effects of these treatments such as Constipation, Diarrhoea, Difficulty Chewing, Dehydration, Difficulty Swallowing (Dysphagia), Dry Mouth (Xerostomia), Mouth Sores or Mucositis, Nausea 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