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How to eat - Nourish the soul as well as the body

How to eat - Nourish the soul as well as the body

So many questions seem to come up about what to eat, there seems to be a huge range of information and research out there, especially on the internet, often contradicting itself and causing confusion

I really like the book Food Rules an Eater's Manual by Michael Pollen which aims to answer the question what to eat given this age of ever-more elaborate diets and conflicting health advice? His hunch is that the wisdom of our grandparents might have more helpful things to say about how to eat well than the recommendations of science or industry or government, he believes that eating doesn’t have to be so complicated, and food is as much about pleasure and communion as it is about nutrition and health

Of course when you are given a cancer diagnosis the way you eat may change and it is important to take an individual approach as not one way of eating suits everyone, you may need specialist advice and make informed choices about what to change and why.

Here at Penny Brohn Cancer Care we encourage a inclusive approach to food and eating rather than an exclusive approach which can induce fear and stress, we want you to enjoy eating a health diet, we encourage paying attention to the mind and body and to consider not only what to eat but how, nourishing the soul as well as the body.

Our key principle for health eating through the Bristol Approach guidelines could be simplified to the following

Variety, Moderation and Colour

Variety – aim to eat a wide variety of types of food

Moderation – Eat foods in a moderate amount

Colour – getting a rainbow of colours on your plate is a simple way to ensure you get a variety of vitamins and minerals

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To find out more about our tips on follow this link to the 'Eating Well' guidelines on the Penny Brohn Cancer Care website:-


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I can recommend the new Penny Brohn cook book, not only for its wonderful colourful, bursting with nutrition recipes, but also for the section at the beginning of the book on the wisdom behind eating a healthy diet. :-)


really recomend the nourish book esspecially date and lucuma cocoa bars minutes to make and really tasty also the bean dip starting to feel much healthier since not eating my old unhealthy diet i find when i eat the wrong food now i feel achy and tiered after


I have tried 3 recipes so far and enjoyed them all. I found that i had to google some of the ingredients as I'd never heard of them but realise that i have become rather lazy in my cooking and get the same old things. I have discovered that many of the ingredients can be found in the larger supermarkets if you look for them. I like the psychological aspect of eating well as it seems to lift your spirits. I also find cooking these recipes quite mindful as I'm focusing on the smell of the herbs and preparing the ingredients.


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