Cindy Hutson, Celebrity Chef with Miami Cancer Institute and Owner of Ortanique on the Mile, recommends starting with a liquid or protein base like almond milk, to add carbohydrate-like half of an apple or 1 cup of mixed berries, to add a healthy fat-like seeds, and to add a spice-like cinnamon or ginger. Carla Araya, Registered Dietitian with Miami Cancer Institute, explains Greek yogurt is better than regular yogurt, because it is higher in protein, it is another way to add protein in the smoothies for the cancer patients who need it, and it has probiotics, which are good for the intestinal health.
A good nutrition during cancer treatment will help you feel better, to keep up your strength and energy, to keep up your weight, to tolerate treatment related side effects, to decrease risk of infection, and to heal and recover faster. Cindy Hutson, Celebrity Chef with Miami Cancer Institute and Owner of Ortanique on the Mile, says with her mom, who had cancer, she tried to give her a perfect balance of proteins, vegetables, and all the things that made her stronger. "You can see it, when she wasn't eating, she was weak, was not tolerating things. It was hard."
Cindy Hutson, Celebrity Chef with Miami Cancer Institute and Owner of Ortanique on the Mile, highlights there are cancers that are better with certain foods. Carla Araya, Registered Dietitian with Miami Cancer Institute, says 'food is medicine'; it is about making the right choices to take the things that are going to help you and to stay away from processed foods. "The main source of cancer treatment is still medicine and then diet to prevent cancer recurrence.