Proper and enhanced nutrition plays an important role in any treatment plan and well-being in general. Weight control also plays an important role, and recent studies have linked being overweight with cancer. Weight loss is often associated with cancer treatment, though that is not always the case. We encourage all patients to meet with our nutritionist, Dr. Shah, to learn how they can use nutrition to enhance their treatment plan and overall health.
The following list of web resources have been reviewed and approved by Physicians' Clinic of Iowa - Hematology & Oncology.
The Cancer Project: http://www.cancerproject.org promotes cancer prevention and survival through a better understanding of cancer causes, particularly the link between nutrition and cancer; also The Cancer Survivor's Guide: Food That Helps You Fight Back available in PDF at http://www.cancerproject.org/resources/guide.php
General dietary information: http://www.mypyramid.gov
BMI (Body Mass Index) calculator and table: http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi
Calorie Counter: http://www.thecaloriecounter.com
Centers for Disease Control healthy living recommendations: Information about nutrition, staying healthy, fruits and vegetables, healthy weight, physical activity, and more. http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyLiving
Food & nutrition (food safety and inspection, nutrient data, delivery supplements, diet and physical activity): http://riley.nal.usda.gov/nal_display/index.php?info_center=8&tax_level=1&tax_subject=2
Food Pyramid, government recommendations, dietary guidelines, nutritional information, calorie counts in foods, nutrition assistance programs, personal MyPyramid plan and food/physical activity tracker: http://www.nutrition.gov | http://www.mypyramid.gov
Nutrition Facts labels: http://www.cfsan.fda.gov/~dms/foodlab.html
The Healthier US Initiative is a national effort to improve people's lives, prevent and reduce the costs of disease, and promote community health and wellness. At this website you will find links to tips on which foods to eat, which to limit, how to eat healthier, nutrition labels, and portions. There is also a link for tracking what you eat, recipes and an interactive menu planner. http://www.healthierus.gov/nutrition.html
Nutritional content summaries for specific foods (carbohydrates, fats and subtypes, proteins, fiber, vitamins, minerals, glycemic index, etc.): http://www.nutritiondata.com (in the upper right, type in food name, choose category, click on "Search", then choose from "food name" options; on next screen be sure to choose serving size)
Restaurant nutritional information: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/06/AR2007030600589.html?wpisrc=newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter&wpisrc=newsletter
Fitness how-to instructional videos: http://www.acefitness.org/getfit and click on the tabs for Exercise Library and Workouts.
Yoga how-to instructional videos: http://www.mastertheshift.com/masters/stiles/videos/index.asp?videoID=ts8
Mood-Boosting Yoga and Breathing Postures: http://www.wholeliving.com/yogamood
Determine one's daily caloric requirement: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/PED/content/PED_6_1x_Calorie_Calculator.asp?sitearea=&level= or http://www.mypyramid.gov/mypyramid/index.aspx
Track and monitor the foods that you eat against ideal daily nutrient values, search for recipes, save information about your favorite foods, and create and analyze recipes. To sign up for free membership go to http://www.nutritiondata.com/pantry/total/clear and click "Get Started".
Also: track and monitor the foods you eat at http://www.myfitnesspal.com, which will chart and calculate calories, fiber and other nutrients for you.
For a fee ($5-7/mo.) users may prefer this tracking/information website, which posts no advertisements and is quick and easy to use: MyNetDiary.com
Record your food and activity for free: http://www.calorieking.com
http://www.cfs.gov.hk/english/nutrient/fc-introduction.shtml (click on "Further proceed" at bottom of page then choose "By food group" or "By food item" near top)
A few independent organizations offer "seals of approval" that may be displayed on certain dietary supplement products. These indicate that the product has passed the organization’s quality tests for things such as potency and contaminants. These "seals of approval" do not mean that the product is safe or effective; they provide assurance that the product was properly manufactured, that it contains the ingredients listed on the label and that it does not contain harmful levels of contaminants.
The following is a list of organizations offering these programs:
Visit the Nutrition Center of the American Heart Association for a broad range of nutrition information- from setting dietary goals, to cookbooks and recipes http://www.heart.org/HEARTORG/GettingHealthy/NutritionCenter/Nutrition-Center_UCM_001188_SubHomePage.jsp