Nutrition services for those in cancer treatment and their caretaking community
Nutrition counseling for people undergoing cancer treatment
Available for New Clients (60 minute consultation) and Follow-Up Clients (30 minute consultation) in person or via Skype.
Cancer related nutrition counseling sessions include the following components:
Stephanie assesses your current intake and offers individually tailored recommendations to modify eating and lifestyle to promote cancer survivorship. Included in your visit are specific suggestions to foster recovery, minimize treatment-induced side effects and reduce your risk for recurrence. Ample time is devoted answering your questions with the intent of giving you clarity around topics including: Sugar and cancer, organic foods, and what to do about soy, dairy and red meat. Stephanie also separates fact from fiction on topics such as ketogenic, alkaline, macrobiotic and vegetarian and vegan approaches to cancer. Stephanie empowers you with tips, tools, recipes and steps to implement practical goals immediately.
Friends and Family: Rallying the community support network for those undergoing cancer care
Stephanie offers Friends and Family Community Nutrition Education Sessions in person or online. These 1-hour group sessions are designed to empower and educate the support network rallying around someone going through cancer treatment and recovery.
A cancer diagnosis can touch a patient’s entire community. When people lend a hand it often comes in the form of preparing food. But what’s the best thing for someone going through cancer treatment to eat? Where can people find recipe ideas their loved ones will both enjoy and tolerate?
Stephanie educates patient’s social network of friends and family on the best food to support their condition and treatment plan.
The purpose of the Friends and Family Community Nutrition Education Session is to guide the group of individuals supporting someone affected by cancer in the following areas:
1). Maximize the mobilized meal train so it matches up with the nutritional needs and preferences of the patient. Families express tremendous gratitude at the outpouring of support in the form of food, however, sometimes meals delivered don’t align with a patient’s nutrition goals. For example, lasagna and a fresh batch of brownies might not help a patient who’s reducing their consumption of white flour and sugar. Similarly, someone recovery from surgery or experiencing side effects from chemotherapy might be following a special eating plan. Stephanie’s expertise in oncology nutrition enables her to guide friends and family on the precise nutritional needs and approaches that work for each individual patient. Practical suggestions, resources, websites and recipes are included.
2). Discuss how to be the best support team possible when it comes to offering nutrition and wellness advice, unsolicited or otherwise. Friends and family members can be a highly motivated bunch! They read online and aim to offer useful suggestions to improve quality of life and outcomes for their loved one. The challenge is not all recommendations Stephanie guides friends and family on how, when and if to broach the topic of sharing nutrition suggestions.
3). Educate people about cancer preventive nutrition and lifestyle behaviors at a time when they’re inspired to improve their own eating habits. A cancer diagnosis for a loved one often sparks meaningful change in the diet and lifestyle of those around them. It can also bring up fear and worry about what food and or eating patterns contribute to the risk of cancer. Stephanie unpacks these issues teaching specific nutrition and lifestyle factors to prevent and manage cancer and helping people transform the impact of a loved one’s cancer diagnosis into actionable change in their own life.
4). Clarify confusion and disseminate evidence-based answers to commonly asked questions about nutrition and cancer. Help patients, family members and support networks get on the same page about issues of concern to them, such as:
Is soy safe to eat?
Do I need to buy organic?
Can I have dairy and red meat?
Does sugar feed cancer?
Will a ketogenic, alkaline or macrobiotic diet help?
Should I become vegetarian or vegan?
What supplements should I include?
Which foods do I need to avoid?
Group sessions for friends and family members affected by a loved one’s cancer diagnosis are designed to meet the needs of each unique group. These sessions occur in person or via conference call or webinar platform based on community preference. Please contact Stephanie directly with your inquiry about Friends and Family cancer nutrition programming.
My cancer support group wants a nutrition session – can you help?
Yes! Stephanie routinely offers group nutrition sessions in person or online for cancer support groups.
Stephanie can partner with you for an in-person or online cancer nutrition session. Stephanie tailors each group class to your community’s needs. Email Stephanie directly to discuss nutrition and cancer related programming for your group.