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.”
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
The Little Fighters Cancer Trust is very grateful that Paarl Boys Primary School (KleinBooisHigh) once again chose LFCT as a beneficiary of their Charity Week, held from the 27th to the 31st of August, 2018.
LFCT was asked by the Grade 5 English Teacher, Tasja Stroebel, to come and do a presentation to the boys so that they could see where the goodies that they were collecting and donating actually go, and this we did on Wednesday the 8th of August.
The boys were very interested, listened attentively, asked valid questions, and watched the presentations with big eyes. What we found really interesting and also rather sad, is that the majority of these young lads knew someone who has/had cancer, and even sadder that most of them knows/knew a Child with Cancer 😥
It was great to see that they could fully grasp the devastation that a Child with Cancer has on the whole family, and the need for assistance for our beneficiaries, and understood exactly what it is that LFCT does on a daily basis.
We were then contacted to collect the donations that the Grade 6 & 7 pupils had collected, and all we can say is WOW!!!
The popularity of goji berries for their health benefits has been growing more and more over the past few years, but are they really so healthy and why should we eat them?
The answer to the first question is YES! Goji berries, also known as Lycium Barbarum, are native to Asia, and they have been used in Asia for more than 2 000 years as a medicinal herb and food supplement. Many individuals use goji berries to treat eye, liver, and kidney ailments.
Goji berries, also known as wolfberries, were introduced to the Western world a few years ago, with many health organisations punting their health benefits, and one can buy one sort of goji berry or the other in various formats in virtually every health shop and even supermarket these days.
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.”
According to Maria Petzel, a senior clinical dietitian at MD Anderson Cancer Center and a member of the Scientific and Medical Advisory Board at the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network:
“There is an overwhelming body of evidence that following a plant-based diet, made up of mostly vegetables, fruits, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds can reduce the risk of getting cancer.”
“However, the evidence is less clear that a vegetarian or vegan diet further reduces risk of cancer over a good plant-based diet and maintaining a healthy weight.”
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.
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.
We are getting some food donations in but also need financial donations so that we can buy FRESH veggies etc, to go with the Food Parcels. 🌽🥕🥦🍅🍗🥩🍼🥔
We need donations to be in by the 8th December to enable us to purchase and pack and send goods out by the 12th December.
All donations welcome 😘 Every R1 000, R500, R100, R50 helps 😘
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).