you ever 'CHEAT' on your diet?
I count on someone asking me this question
whenever I speak, and it does not matter if the audience is composed
of cancer survivors or dietitians!! This is a very common question and
concern, particularly during the holiday season.
After asking myself those two questions
and deciding that a Christmas cookie is what I *need* to nourish my
soul, I can then ask myself "How much do I need to eat to satisfy
that need?" This technique may sound very tedious, and certainly
not spontaneous, but it has permitted me to still enjoy the foods that
are actually important to me and has also helped me maximize my intake
of foods with anti-cancer potential. In other words, I "still have
my cake and eat it, too", however, now I am satisfied with only
one cookie instead of eating half the box in one sitting!!
I invite you to try this method of eating
during the next month. You may find that you have been eating most foods
on "autopilot", without really thinking about how they can
affect your recovery from cancer. Once you get in the habit of thinking
of foods as important to nurturing your recovery, you will appreciate
the title of a cookbook called "Life Tastes Better than Steak",
which is a vegetarian cookbook written for people with severe heart
disease for whom medications and surgery have not worked or are not
an option. Think about how you would title that book for yourself the
next time you are faced with a food decision at a holiday party.
faq posted 12/99
These questions and answers are intended to be of a general informative nature. Please consult with the Registered Dietitian in your cancer center or your health care provider for nutritional advice that can be individualized to your specific medical condition.
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