There’s so much to learn and so many decisions to make — it can all feel a bit “much” when you’ve just been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer That’s why HealthCentral spoke to oncology dietitian and nutrition educator Julie Lanford, MPH, RD, LDN of Winston-Salem, N.C., to get her best tips for developing an eating plan when you’re living with this cancer.
Lanford is also the founder of Cancerdiatitian and the wellness director for nonprofit Cancer services aims to help people with cancer regain a sense of control in their lives.
9. Sound middle ground
Try not to go to extremes and obsess about your diet, Lanford says.
For example, don’t say, “I’ll use nutrition as the only treatment for my cancer, and I’ll obsess about every little detail.” The other end of this spectrum to avoid is, “Nutrition doesn’t matter, and I’m going to eat what I want when I want.”
Work with your dietitian to adopt a sensible philosophy about eating that doesn’t consume you, and yet still allows you to enjoy life — and good food. If you find yourself going overboard about every single bite, you may be developing disordered eating because of your need to control all the aspects of your nutrition. Consider talking to a counselor to gain another perspective on this.
“It’s important to find the right balance, to nourish our bodies in ways that make us feel well,” Lanford says. “What’s the point if you can’t enjoy the occasional brownie?”
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