Many people who have faced a cancer diagnosis of their own, or a loved one, will often want to make changes to their diet to reduce the risk of cancer or cancer recurrence. Sometimes these good intentions can go too far and be overly restrictive. This handout helps patients and caregivers to remember that a nutritious diet is not about having a “perfect” eating pattern. A nutritious diet should include foods that we eat simply for enjoyment. This guide will help practitioners to facilitate a discussion about moderation and provides practical ideas on how to fit treats into an overall healthy eating pattern. This handout covers:
- The importance of a healthy eating pattern vs. the quality of any particular food.
- Why social and emotional aspects of eating are important.
- How to balance nutrition choices that feed the body, but also the soul
- A practical guide for defining moderation in evaluating eating patterns
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