Nutrition After Treatment

By: Stephanie Hopkins

Nutrition recommendations for cancer survivors include working towards or maintaining a healthy body weight and lifestyle through a whole food plant-based eating pattern and regular physical activity. A plant-based eating pattern emphasizes adding more plant foods on your plate such as whole grains, beans, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. This way of eating can also include dairy, eggs and poultry, meat, and seafood in balanced portions. Below are suggestions for healthy plant-based recipes from various plant strong cancer organizations.

Whole Food Plant-Based Diet

  • The American Institute for Cancer Research has developed a model for nutrition called the New American Plate that focuses on reducing consumption of highly processed foods while increasing consumption of whole grains, beans, legumes, fruits, and vegetables.
  • The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (Food for Life Cancer Project) promotes cancer prevention and survival through a better understanding of cancer causes, particularly the link between nutrition and cancer. Click here to view their website on different plant-based diets.

Healthy Food Choices

  • The American Cancer Society offers tips and recipes to build a healthy eating pattern. Click here to view their suggestions on how to use nutrition as a tool to improve your health.

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