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Myth-busting: Anti-cancer diets | Amber Thomas RDN

Blanka_CBlanka_C Posts: 374 Community Admin

Hello everyone,

We have a new mini myth-busting video from @Amber_Thomas_RDN our resident Cancer Nutrition Specialist! This week Amber is addressing the Alkaline diet, sharing both expert information and practical advice on "anti-cancer" diets.

If you have a question, please feel free to post it under this thread and Amber will answer, either with a personalised written response, or a mini video.

Hope you find it useful! :)


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  • LouiseJLouiseJ Posts: 715 mod
    edited September 2020

    @Blanka_C @Amber_Thomas_RDN

    Hi Blanka, Amber,

    Thank you so much for posting this. It is so helpful, and actually reassuring to hear that when going through cancer and treatment the 'rules' surrounding food and what we should and should not eat are not necessarily the way to go. I remember when my sister was first diagnosed back in the 80's my brothers were desperately trying to find research and diets about what to eat etc, then when my parents were diagnosed and subsequently myself and my other sister, they were still searching, 30 yrs later. It seems there will always be these 'diet plans', and yet no-one has yet come up with 'definitive' one that actually works.

    Since I finished treatment I have found it almost impossible to lose the weight that I have gained, I was already overweight before. Pre-covid I was swimming many times a week, which was helping my fitness, but not really the weight loss. I am unable to go for walks as my bones and joints can't take that. During lockdown I have tried home exercise with Joe Wicks (I wrote about that on another discussion), but I have gained more weight since March, like many people I expect. It is very frustrating, and I feel I would have to starve myself to lose any weight, obviously that is not an option, especially in our home (we can't do 'lite' or 'low-fat'.

    I guess my question is, sorry for the ramble, do you have any advice about how to get started and be effective in this? I know there are several weight-loss programmes out there, maybe it is just a case of 'suck it and see'.

    I know I am not alone in this, there are many of us in this situation.

    Thank you so much,

    Lou xx

  • VincentGVincentG Posts: 2

    Hello, I'm new here. Thank you for the informative video. Most of the time I don't have appetiate and I get these bad cravings for junk food. Is it safe to have this occasionally?

  • RobertARobertA Posts: 1,228 mod

    @VincentG @Amber_Thomas_RDN

    Hi Vincent and welcome to our community.

    I am not an expert on food matters and I am sure that Amber is much better placed than I am to give you advice. Even so, I I would mention that I am rather partial to junk food and cake and I find that an enjoying a burger and fries occasionally cheers me up and what’s more, it makes me feel good too.

    Cheers

    Rob

  • Amber_Thomas_RDNAmber_Thomas_RDN Posts: 43 Cancer Nutrition Specialist

    @LouiseJ Hi! I am so sorry as I don't know how I missed your question!

    You certainly aren't alone in either your thoughts or your struggles. Especially with COVID, we are even more limited on what we can do, how we feel, what coping mechanisms we use, etc.

    The research on maintaining weight loss is dismal; somewhere between 80-95% of all diets/restrictions/wellness protocols, etc fail long-term. Meaning individuals who pursue intentional weight loss will likely gain all of the weight lost (plus some in many cases) within 2-5 years. Not only do diets not work, but they teach us to not trust ourselves and our body signals. This is why I counsel from a weight-neutral approach.

    So a long answer to your question: there is no effective weight loss plan out there. So many programs will claim to work, and they may work short-term, but overall they are not sustainable. Please know it's not you or anyone else whose reading this that fails, or lacks willpower, it's how our bodies are programmed. Diets/restrictions do not work for our bodies!

    Myself and another oncology nutrition colleague held a webinar last month titled "What is a Healthy Weight." I've included the link below. I encourage you to check it out!

    I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any further questions. 💜

    Registered Dietitian | Cancer Nutrition Specialist | Online Nutrition Coach

    websitehttps://www.cancernutritionsolutions.com

    instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/amber.thomas.rdn/

  • Amber_Thomas_RDNAmber_Thomas_RDN Posts: 43 Cancer Nutrition Specialist

    Hi @VincentG ! Thanks for your question!

    It can be hard to find foods that are appealing, especially when you don't have an appetite most of the time.

    Without knowing more of your story, allow me to share a couple of questions you may find helpful to ask yourself when selecting meals and snacks:

    1. How do I physically feel when I eat this food? Does it leave me feeling satisfied, energized, not very good, etc?
    2. Is there something I can pair with this food to provide a variety of nutrition to help me heal and recover? For example, I want some crisps or candy. What if I have a hard-boiled egg with my crisps, or a yoghurt with my candy?
    3. What do I like about this food I crave? Is it sweet? Salty? Crunchy? Easy to eat? Are there other foods with different nutrition factors but the same qualities I'm after?

    So that's a long answer to state that, YES! You can enjoy those foods you're craving. 🙂Consider treating those moments like experiments and ask the above questions.

    Please know you have persmission to enjoy those foods that sound good. Safety is in question only if the food is damaged/spoiled.

    I hope this helps put your mind at ease!

    Registered Dietitian | Cancer Nutrition Specialist | Online Nutrition Coach

    websitehttps://www.cancernutritionsolutions.com

    instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/amber.thomas.rdn/

  • Amber_Thomas_RDNAmber_Thomas_RDN Posts: 43 Cancer Nutrition Specialist

    @RobertA Thank you for sharing!

    Your insight in the matter is spot on. Eating and enjoying foods that sound good are part of the variety I often speak about, and can absolutely help us feel good physically and mentally!

    Registered Dietitian | Cancer Nutrition Specialist | Online Nutrition Coach

    websitehttps://www.cancernutritionsolutions.com

    instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/amber.thomas.rdn/

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