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The Pink of October

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / October 13, 2014

The Pink of October

We cannot hide form the pink of October. It is Breast Cancer Awareness month. 

Sadly I just read two very negative essays about the excess hype this month gets compared to other health concerns. 
 

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Coping with Treatment: Omega 3, Omega 6 and Breast Cancer

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / July 12, 2014

Coping with Treatment: Omega 3, Omega 6 and Breast Cancer

Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids are fats that are present in the foods we eat, and Omega 3 fats in particular might be beneficial in helping to reduce the fatigue, insomnia, cognitive difficulties, and joint pain commonly experienced by women being treated for breast cancer, particularly women with higher levels of inflammation.

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Antioxidants and Breast Cancer

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / June 18, 2014

Antioxidants and Breast Cancer

Curious aboutthe relationship between antioxidants and breast cancer? 

Antioxidants are molecules that inhibit oxidation – the chemical reaction that sees the transfer of electrons or hydrogen from one substance to an oxidizing agent. Free radicals, formed during these reactions, can initiate chain reactions that can damage or even kill cells. Antioxidants work to terminate such reactions by in essence removing the free radical.

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Phytoestrogens and Breast Cancer

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / May 27, 2014

Phytoestrogens and Breast Cancer

Phytoestrogens, a group of food-based compounds commonly associated with soy products and available in oral supplements, are connected with a wide range of health benefits, including lowered risks of breast cancer, heart disease, and symptoms of menopause. Some research indicates potential downsides to the introduction of phytoestrogens to a diet when taken in supplement form – none of which are currently regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

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5 Healthy Foods You Should Eat During Breast Cancer Treatment

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / May 8, 2014

5 Healthy Foods You Should Eat During Breast Cancer Treatment

It is difficult to know exactly what impact cancer treatment will have on your body. Beyond the physical toll the treatments often have, appetite is commonly affected.    

As is so often the case, the best defense is a strong offense. Heading into treatment, it is critically important to best prepare your body for the battle ahead.

There are many great foods – so called super foods – that are not only extremely high in nutrition, but also provide sources of much-needed energy for your body. 

While no one food can ever prevent or cure cancer, let’s take a quick look at five foods that have shown benefit in helping you keep nourished and strong during treatment.

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Cooking for a Breast Cancer Patient or Caregiver During the Holidays

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / December 16, 2013

Cooking for a Breast Cancer Patient or Caregiver During the Holidays

"Food, like a loving touch or a glimpse of divine power, has that ability to comfort."  Norman Kolpas

By most accounts there will be between 250,000 and 300,000 newly diagnosed cases of breast cancer this year.

For many this will be the first holiday season with breast cancer in their lives.  Also realize that few people face cancer alone; cancer impacts family, friends and coworkers as well.

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Simple Holiday Tips That Can Keep You Healthy And Help Fight Breast Cancer

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / November 30, 2013

Simple Holiday Tips That Can Keep You Healthy And Help Fight Breast Cancer

Pink Ribbon Cooking™ was recently featured on the University of Vermont Extension's Across the Fence program to share some healthy holiday tips.  We shared with Judy Simpson and the viewers an example of a healthy option that could easily be prepared and served at your own party.  

Also we would like to share some simple tips that can make the holidays healthier and help continue to fight cancer deliciously.

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Cooking Through Chemo

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / November 19, 2013

Cooking Through Chemo

Recently the University of Vermont's Across the Fence program re-aired our October segment where we featured many simple and healthy foods suited for those battling cancer and the affects of cancer treatment.  Please share this as a resource for those you love battling cancer.

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A Pink Ribbon Diet

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / October 29, 2013

A Pink Ribbon Diet

The best kind of diet is not a diet.  That's right, diets are not permanent solutions.  At least not fads and diets-of-the-day eating trends.  

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A Letter from Bridget (8 year breast cancer survivor)

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / October 5, 2013

A Letter from Bridget (8 year breast cancer survivor)

When we launched Pink Ribbon Cooking I asked Bridget to express herself to those that are newly diagnosed.  I wanted her to capture her strength and authenticity about her journey with Breast Cancer and to help others see the light at the end of that very dark tunnel.  This letter is her welcome to all those in the Cancer Club.

"Cancer ... Do I want it, NO.  Did I take from it, Yes!  It taught me to see my own strength.  It allowed me to see who my true friends are and gave me new ones whom I may never have met.  It gave me a new appreciation for love, life, family and friends."  Bridget Hemm

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Ten Years and Ten More Birthdays: Building a Cancer Support Community

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / September 27, 2013

Ten Years and Ten More Birthdays: Building a Cancer Support Community

Amy Deavitt, Distinguished Giving Executive with the American Cancer Society of Vermont knows first hand the impact cancer can have on a person.  It has been ten years since those words, "You have Cancer" were spoken to her.  Amy shares her cancer journey with us and demonstrates how beutiful life can be when you are living with breast cancer.

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Breast Cancer Nutrition: Supporting Patients and Their Recovery

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / September 26, 2013

Breast Cancer Nutrition: Supporting Patients and Their Recovery

Dr. Kim Dittus joined Chef Curtiss  and Judy Simpson on the University of Vermont's Across The Fence program to discuss breast cancer nutrition, diet and exercise for those in the community that have been touched by breast cancer.

On set Chef Curtiss demonstrated some simple techniques for including the whole family in the meal, from start to finish.  we did a rustic breakfast sausage and some gluten free maple oatmeal pancakes.  

I hope you enjoy!

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Growing a Cancer Support Community: My Journey with Cancers

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / September 19, 2013

Growing a Cancer Support Community: My Journey with Cancers

The cancer diagnosis came the day before Thanksgiving.  I was 42 years old. I had lymphoma.  I told my doctor that I had the pies in my car and I was heading to New Hampshire to be with my family. Life has a way of turning us upside down.

I was in the prime of my life, building my own business, working 80 hours a week, raising two teen age children with a husband who traveled for work.  Life was grand! I went to the hospital because I had a nose bleed that wouldn’t quit.  When they told me they would have to cauterize the inside of my nose I said “no thank you” and left with the promise that I would follow up with my primary care. As many of you know, that is when the ball started rolling. One doctor’s appointment lead to a billion tests and more doctor appointments.

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Guest Appearance on TREATMENT SOS with Joni Aldrich on Cancer Support Network

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / July 5, 2013

Join us as we are doing a guest appearance on TREATMENT SOS with show host and author Joni Aldrich (www.jonialdrich.com) on Thursday, July 25th, 2:00-2:50 p.m. EST www.W4WN.com (Women 4 Women Network) and www.W4CS.com (Cancer Support Network). No downloads or Apps needed to listen. Treatment decisions are absolutely critical! These include setting goals for treatment and proactive next steps after diagnosis. (If you miss it, catch the rebroadcast on the Sat. after the show at 5:00 p.m. EST on both networks.)

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Just Be.Cos

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / March 28, 2013

Just Be.Cos

Romaine, a member of the Cos lettuce family, is a powerful ingredient, both for its culinary personality and its nutritional value.

Cos lettuce is a tight head lettuce with leaves that grow vertically around a center head.  The leaves are elongated, with dark green to a slightly yellowish coloring and a central ridge or spine along the middle of the leaf.

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Bánh Mì with Maple Sriracha Sauce

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / March 21, 2013

Bánh Mì with Maple Sriracha Sauce

Bánh Mì  is a classic Vietnamese sandwich that merges the cultures of France and Vietnam, and now America.  We are representing a healthy version of the sandwich by replacing the pate with avocado, allowing us the rich and creamy texture, while taking in good sources of fat and phytonutrients.

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Allicin, My Aim is True

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / March 20, 2013

Allicin, My Aim is True

While driving home the other day I was singing along to the original 1977 version of Alison by Elvis Costello, a favorite song of mine from days long since past.  The sun was out, there was little traffic and the ferries were on time.  So what does Alison, Elvis Costello or my drive home have to do with cancer prevention, survivorship or food for that matter?  

 

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Cattle Barron’s Ball Donation

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / March 16, 2013

Cattle Barron’s Ball Donation

Pink Ribbon Cookingâ„¢ Hosts Private Chef’s Dinner

We were honored to participate in the 2012 Cattle Baron’s Ball for the Hope Lodge in Burlington, Vermont and a private Pink Ribbon Cookingâ„¢ Chef’s Dinner was donated and raffled off. 

 

 

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Celebrating Survivorship

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / March 12, 2013

Celebrating Survivorship

Pink Ribbon Cookingâ„¢ and Woodchuck® Hard Cider are proud to team up and help those living with Breast Cancer celebrate their accomplishments and savor the moments life has to offer.  Pink Ribbon Cookingâ„¢ will be pairing recipes with Woodchuck® Hard Cider Private Reserve Pink.

 

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