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Guest Post: Healthy Eating for Mesothelioma Patients

September 16, 2009

Yesterday, on Day 15 of the Vegan Challenge, I ate:

– Bowl of puffed wheat mixed with homemade granola and topped with 1/2 banana, a couple strawberries, and some unsweetened vanilla Almond Breeze

– 1 apple, a couple mushrooms and carrots with hummus, and 2 tbsp almonds

– 3 beanballs (told you I’d be snacking on these! And yes. They were straight from the fridge cold. I’m weird like that. I was in a rush to get to class and it seemed like the most convenient way to satisfy my grumbling tummy. And it worked! They’re tasty little morsels.)

– 1 curry pastry and 2 apples. The curry was delicious! I used a sweet potato rather than regular. I also subbed half of the pastry flour for whole wheat pastry flour and eliminated the margarine because I didn’t have any- it still formed a very nice pastry. This recipe- both the curry and the pastry- was actually fairly easy to toss together. Give it a try!

– 1/2 banana with 1 tbsp FitNutz Pro

– Big bowl of oil-popped popcorn with salt. I was very sad to hear yesterday that our air-popper died (at first I didn’t believe the sisterrommate, but when I plugged it in and it started smoking I realized that yes, it is most certainly dead), but oil-popped popcorn sure is tasty! Actually I think I had a bit too much. My stomach wasn’t entirely pleased with all of that oil. I have come to the devastating conclusion that popcorn really isn’t a good food for my body. I can’t remember the last time my body actually responded well to it. So I’m going to try not to eat it anymore, or at least much less. It saddens the taste buds but the rest of my body is very happy with this decision. Ah well.

The following is a guest post from Richard Moyle at Asbestos.com:

Healthy Eating for Mesothelioma Patients

Good nutrition is vital in preventing and fighting cancer and there are a number of foods that can be very helpful for mesothelioma patients to enable their bodies to better fight the disease, as well as alleviate symptoms of the disease and side effects of treatment.

Mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that is primarily caused by exposure to asbestos. This type of cancer develops in the mesothelial cells that make up the lining of the lungs, heart and abdomen. Mesothelioma symptoms can take anywhere from 20 to 50 years to become noticeable and by that time, the cancer is typically in advanced stages and is much more difficult to treat effectively.

Berries contain many important nutrients, including plenty of fiber and vitamin C. In fact, just one cup of strawberries has the same amount of vitamin C as one cup of orange juice, and all berries are great sources of this anti-oxidant and immune-strengthening vitamin. In addition to essential vitamins, berries are packed with several different types of cancer-fighting nutrients. They also contain anthocyanins which are phytonutrients that give red berries their luscious color. Laboratory studies have shown that anthocyanins can prevent the growth of lung cancer cell. Berries also contain other cancer fighting phytonutrients like ellagic acid, pterostilbene and resveratrol.

Dark green leafy vegetables are packed with necessary vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that provide important cancer-fighting benefits. Beta-carotene, Lutein, and Zeaxanthin are powerful antioxidants that help protect the body against all forms of cancer by destroying free radicals. Dark leafy green vegetables also contain folate which is essential for the proper repair and replication of DNA. Without folate, damaged cells would be unable to repair their own DNA. Cells with damaged DNA are more likely to become malignant. Powerful anti-cancer enzymes called phytochemicals are also present in dark green cruciferous vegetables such as bok choy and kale. Some phytochemicals boost levels of enzymes that help cleanse the body of carcinogens and block the activity of enzymes that are known to activate carcinogens.

One of the most common side effects of cancer and cancer treatment is nausea. There are a number of dietary changes you can make to help this problem. Dry grain products like crackers and toast can help calm an upset stomach. Bland foods will also help with nausea, as well as acid reflux problems.

Another common characteristic found in cancer patients is low white blood cell count, which increases the chance of contracting an infection. To avoid this side effect, a number of changes can be made in the foods you ingest. It is most important to avoid “bad” bacteria, which is common in foods that are damaged or not prepared well. Avoid buffets when eating out, wash your hands before preparing meals, avoid raw meats and fish (like sushi), and throw away any foods that are bruised or damaged.

Be sure to talk to your doctor to learn about more ways to decrease the risk of developing cancer. Positive changes in your diet and other areas of your life (such as your physical activity) will help prevent cancer. If you do develop this medical condition, at the very least, these changes will allow you to fight the cancer more readily.

Richard Moyle is the National Awareness Coordinator for the Mesothelioma Center at Asbestos.com.

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14 comments

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  2. great post and I adore the fact that you ended with this:

    Positive changes in your diet and other areas of your life (such as your physical activity) will help prevent cancer.

    in a word where cancer feels as though it abounds and is entirely RANDOM where it lands—-it at least feels as though that’s one small step of health protection.


  3. Popcorn is a real weakness for me. In fact, it is one of those foods I try to avoid, but if someone around me is eating it, I get weak.


  4. Looks like your popcorn habit took a toll on your popper! LOL! 🙂


  5. Great post!! I learned some great information, thanks.


  6. I love that you are so positive in all that you do. It makes reading your posts such a pleasure, and makes me think more positvely all day long!


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  8. I NEED to be better about eating my dark, leafy veggies. Fruit is no problem for me! I just have a hard time with veggies, unless they’re incorporated into a meal (like soup or casserole). Thanks for the tips!


  9. I’m so sorry about the popcorn situation! Maybe if you have it as a once-in-a-great-while treat? I’m “limiting” myself to about once a week or so, and I don’t seem to have any “system” issues.


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  12. very informative blog, I bookmarked it for future reading,thank you so much for posting


  13. great article…


  14. *It�s hard to find knowledgeable people on this topic, but you sound like you know what you�re talking about! Thanks



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