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