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Sugar and Breast Cancer Risk

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / February 4, 2016

By now, we are all pretty aware that too much sugar in our diet isn’t great for our bodies. But what isn’t so cut and dry is the impact sugar intake (and corresponding risk of obesity) has on breast cancer risk for women.

While the general consensus is that more research is needed, there are some interesting and pertinent findings that relate to sugar levels, breast density (one possible avenue to an increased risk for breast cancer), and obesity – particularly in premenopausal women. 

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The Skinny on Body Weight and Breast Cancer

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / July 9, 2015

Maintaining a healthy diet and weight is important for everyone. But, what relationship, if any, does weight have with breast cancer risk?

Well, we know that in addition to increased inflammation more body fat can result in higher levels of certain hormones like estrogen and insulin in the bloodstream which can stimulate cancer growth.

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A Weekend of Hope in Stowe

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / May 5, 2015

This past weekend I was a presenter and exhibitor at the 2015 Stowe Weekend of Hope, a weekend retreat for those living with or touched by cancer.  Set amongst the Green Mountains in Vermont it is a powerful weekend and I am always honored to be a part of it.  Being in the presence of others that are empathetic to your own situation is a powerful experience.  When the connection is unfiltered, natural and authentic it makes all the more meaningful.

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The Pink of October

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / October 13, 2014

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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Exploring Inflammation and Breast Cancer

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / July 15, 2014

The connection between inflammation (particularly chronic inflammation) and cancer and other serious health issues is well known. Inflammation releases free radicals that can cause significant damage to cells. When cells are weakened or can’t perform the way they are supposed to, the body is naturally more susceptible to disease, including cancer.

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Phytoestrogens and Breast Cancer

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / May 27, 2014

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 Foods That Can Help Fight Breast Cancer This Thanksgiving

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / November 26, 2013

For many Thanksgiving can be a challenge to eat healthy, while still having a good time with your family and friends.  If you wish to avoid the typical food comas, stretchy waist pants and the "Stick a fork in me," feeling try preparing or eating some of these foods that are beneficial to your body.

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Cooking Through Chemo

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / November 19, 2013

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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5 Daily Wellness and Breast Cancer Prevention Tips

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / November 4, 2013

Migrating or transitioning to a healthier life is not easy for many people.  Our daily lives are riddled with temptation, vices and bad habits.  Giving up our bad habits and diet is very similar to quitting smoking or alcohol, in that our diet does have a physiological, mental and emotional hold on us.  We need to be able to take one step at a time into wellness.  Trying to look at it longer term is not always the best approach.

Here are 5 things that you can do today to take a first step toward wellness or prevention ...

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Recipes for Cancer Patients

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / October 31, 2013

Chef Curtiss Hemm of Pink Ribbon Cooking Joined Judy Simpson, of the University of Vermont's Across the Fence television program, to share some advice of nutrition and recipes for cancer patients.

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A Letter from Bridget (8 year breast cancer survivor)

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / October 5, 2013

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

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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Growing a Cancer Support Community: My Journey with Cancers

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / September 19, 2013

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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Bánh Mì with Maple Sriracha Sauce

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / March 21, 2013

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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Cattle Barron's Ball Donation

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / March 16, 2013

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

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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