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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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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 Healthy Foods You Should Eat During Breast Cancer Treatment

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / May 8, 2014

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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5 Reasons Cancer Patients Should Love Oatmeal

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / December 12, 2013

Oatmeal is one the most underrated and inconspicuous whole grains. Many consider it a super food because of its ability to affect our health and wellness in a variety of different ways.

Steel cut oats (also known as Irish Oats or Coarse Ground Oats) include all three parts of the grain seed; the bran, endosperm and germ.  Processed or refined grains typically lack the bran and the germ, along with these missing elements comes a significant reduction in protein, fiber and nutrients.

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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 Pink Ribbon Diet

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / October 29, 2013

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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Just Be.Cos

POSTED BY Pink Ribbon Cooking / March 28, 2013

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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