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The living kitchen : healing recipes to support your body during cancer treatment and recovery / Sarah Grossman and Tamara Green ; photography by Daniel Alexander.
Publication Information:
[Vancouver, British Columbia] : Appetite by Random House, [2018]

Physical Description:
272 pages : color illustrations ; 27 cm
Facing a diagnosis -- "Let food be thy medicine" -- Functional and dysfunctional foods -- Eating to combat common side effects -- Preparing the kitchen -- The recipes -- Smoothies -- Juices and elixirs -- Breakfasts -- Soups -- Omnivore mains -- Vegetarian mains -- Sides -- Snacks -- Desserts -- Sauces, marinades, and dressings -- Notes.


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616.9940654 GRO Book Adult General Collection

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From two experts in cancer care cooking comes an informative, inspiring, and empowering guide that will educate cancer patients and their caregivers about the healing power of food. With nearly 100 nourishing recipes designed to combat side effects related to cancer therapy, this book is an essential resource for anyone experiencing cancer, undergoing treatment, or in remission.

A cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming, frightening, and uncertain. You'll want to learn what to expect from chemotherapy and radiation, how you'll navigate the often debilitating side effects that come with treatment, and what you should eat to support your body at a time when eating and cooking may be too challenging. The Living Kitchen will help cancer patients and their caregivers navigate every stage of their cancer therapy journey, from diagnosis to treatment to recovery.

Within the pages of this indispensable guide, certified nutrionists Sarah Grossman and Tamara Green provide easy-to-understand, research-based nutritional information on the science behind how food relates to your health and the effects of cancer, and offer strategies to prepare your body, life, and kitchen for treatment. With nearly 100 stress-free, healthy, freezer-friendly, and flavorful recipes specially designed to relieve specific symptoms and side effects of cancer and its therapies (including loss of appetite, sore mouth, altered taste buds, nausea, and more) and to strengthen your body once in recovery , The Living Kitchen is accompanied by stunning photography and a simple, user-friendly design. With energizing snacks and breakfasts; superfood smoothies, juices and elixirs; soups and stews, and nutrient-rich, flavorful main dishes, these are recipes that you, your family, and your caregivers will all enjoy. The Living Kitchen will give you comfort in knowing that your body will be nourished and supported during (and even after) cancer treatment.

Author Notes

TAMARA GREEN and SARAH GROSSMAN are certified nutritionists and the founders of Living Kitchen. They offer private chef, consulting, and meal planning services to clientele throughout Toronto, bringing nutritional support, education, and food to cancer patients and caregivers, as well as people maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Living Kitchen works with clients suffering from a myriad of health issues, including cancer, digestive disorders, diabetes, and hormonal imbalance.




PROPER NUTRITION IS KEY Hearing the words "You have cancer" is an overwhelming and scary experience. During this time, you and your loved ones will work closely with your health care team to figure out the best plan for you. Regardless of the treatment, be it surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, or alternative therapies, supporting your body through your diet is essential. Proper nutrition can help keep your body strong as it undergoes intense therapies to kill cancer cells, and what you eat can mitigate common side effects like nausea, loss of appetite, and fatigue. Colorful vegetables and fruits, healthy proteins, and good fats possess antitumor, antiangiogenesis, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimutagenic properties. This means that many of the foods you can eat have powerful anticancer nutrients that work to support your health and recovery. These foods act synergistically with each other and with treatments to help speed up recovery time and make some therapies more effective. SAFE, SUPPORTIVE, AND NOURISHING RECIPES The recipes in this book are designed to be easy to prepare, wholesome, and delicious. They are meant to be enjoyed by you, your loved ones, and caregivers. We have created this book to feed everyone. What you eat right now, following your diagnosis or during treatment, is important for your health and recovery. But we believe that eating should not be an added stress on top of everything else you're going through, so we want to make it as simple and as tasty as possible. Our recipes work with all types of treatments and are intended to lessen side effects, as well as guide you on what to eat before, during and after cancer. Medical treatments can be effective at killing cancer cells; however, they also harm normal cells in the process. This harm is what leads to side effects (hair loss, nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, dry mouth, taste changes, suppressed immunity, low white and red blood cell counts, and fatigue) in the areas of the body where there is constant and normal cell division, growth, and repair, like the digestive tract, mouth, hair, skin, and bone marrow. Please remember that everyone experiences symptoms differently and at different stages during treatment, so what happens to one person may not happen to you. WHAT DO I EAT NOW? The big question we get asked by our clients is "What do I eat now?" There is a lot of concern before and during treatment about what to eat, and many people are also concerned about what their families will eat while they're off receiving treatment. We always encourage our clients to eat a plant-based diet that includes whole, unrefined foods made from scratch. And while we've seen different diets (such as vegetarian, ketogenic, and gluten-free) work for different people, as nutritionists, we don't feel there's one "best" diet. But we do know one thing: The common thread between all these different diets is the importance of eating an abundance of fresh produce. You'll learn much more about what to eat during treatment in Chapter 2. Excerpted from The Living Kitchen: Healing Recipes to Support Your Body During Cancer Treatment and Recovery by Tamara Green, Sarah Grossman All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1 Facing a Diagnosisp. 5
2 "Let Food Be Thy Medicine"p. 13
3 Functional and Dysfunctional Foodsp. 27
4 Eating to Combat Common Side effectsp. 39
5 Preparing the Kitchenp. 63
6 The Recipesp. 69
Smoothiesp. 71
Juice and Elixirsp. 81
Breakfastsp. 97
Soupsp. 115
Omnivore Mainsp. 135
Vegetarian Mainsp. 155
Sidesp. 175
Snacksp. 201
Dessertsp. 225
Sauces, Marinades, and Dressingsp. 241
Notesp. 255
Acknowledgementsp. 263
Symptoms and Recipe Indexp. 265
Indexp. 270