Whether you are a cancer patient yourself or a caregiver, get yourself a good cookbook. My current favourite is The Cancer Lifeline Cookbook. It has appealing, easy to make recipes, some great pictures, and lots of tips for recipe adaptation and food preparation. But, more importantly, it has a mass of current, valuable information that has fundamentally changed the way I shop, cook, and eat. Kimberly Mathai, MS, RD and Ginny Smith cover topics ranging from the top ten superfoods and nutrients that promote good health, to coping with treatment side effects and getting help from family and friends. Recipes have been included from top chefs as well as cancer patients, cancer survivors and people working in the cancer field. You will want to make the dishes for the way they taste, not just for how they will help your health. My favourite recipes so far are Black Bean Soup (they add kale and shitake mushrooms making this my new go to version), Gingered Carrot Soup, Summer Rolls with Red Chili Peanut Dipping Sauce, and a rockin` citrus marinade that is great with chicken and with fish. In our near future, Seafood Stew and Pronto White Bean Chili.
Located in Seattle, Cancer Lifeline is a non-profit organization providing emotional support, resources, and education to cancer patients, and their support network, at all stages of the cancer process. They help patients, survivors, their families, friends, co-workers and caregivers throughout the Puget Sound and in 16 Western Washington counties. They do good work. If you are in need of support, and live in Western Washington, consider getting in touch with them. If you need to talk, call their 24 hour lifeline at 206-297-2500 if you live in the Seattle area or 1-800-255-5505 if you are further afield. Or visit their website for information on their services, classes and events.