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Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.Sheryl M. Ness
Sheryl Ness, R.N., O.C.N., is a nurse educator for the Cancer Education Program at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. She helps inform patients, families and caregivers about services and resources to help them through the cancer journey.
She has a master's degree in nursing from Augsburg College. In addition, she is an assistant professor of oncology at the College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic, and is certified as a specialist in oncology nursing. Sheryl has worked for more than 20 years at Mayo Clinic as an educator. She has a keen interest in the importance of the quality of life and concerns of people living with cancer.
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Living with cancer: Stock your pantry with nutritious choices
By Sheryl M. Ness, R.N.
It's been a while since we talked about nutrition. Your relationship with food is an important one. Eating well gives you energy and nutrients to heal and continue on your path of survivorship. Healing and preventing cancer recurrence are priorities, so with that in mind, try small changes at first, and find nutritious foods that you enjoy.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Incorporate more fresh fruits and vegetables (explore what's in season so they are fresh and tasty).
- Limit sweets and salt.
- Add more fiber (whole grains and nuts, for example).
- Limit saturated fats (try adding olive oil instead).
- Choose fresh fish and lean meats (limit red meats and smoked or cured meats)
Some ways to have fun while making these changes might include shopping for a new cookbook with healthy meal plans, planting a vegetable or herb garden, or taking a cooking class that gives you practical ways to incorporate these changes. Keep your kitchen and pantry stocked with your favorite healthy choices.
I'd love to hear how you have changed your nutrition habits to positive ones. Please share your ideas with each other.blog index