- Question from QLyle: What one small nutritional change would you recommend for everyone — in treatment, trying to improve their health long-term, and just to feel better?
- Answers - Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. Study after study shows that people do not consume enough vegetables. I would work on increasing vegetable intake, both portion size and variety. Get beyond your typical corn, potatoes, etc. and take advantage of fresh vegetables in grocery stores and at farmers' markets. The leafy greens in particular are where you get the bang for your buck in terms of molecules to help fight cancer and optimize overall health.
- Larissa Korde If I were to give one piece of advice, it would be to focus on a healthy dietary pattern rather than beat yourself up over one meal or one indiscretion. And to maintain a healthy diet, a healthy body weight, and physical activity.
- Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. I would also suggest that you seek a consultation with a registered dietician at your cancer center to help individualize diets during treatment to both optimize treatment and improve the odds for long-term survival and overall health.
The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Nutrition Through the Holidays featured Diana Dyer, M.S., R.D. and Larissa Korde, M.D., M.P.H. answering your questions about what and how much to eat when holiday treats abound.
Editor's Note: This conference took place in October 2009.
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