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  1. Becky says:

    Hi Kellie, I am a 53 year old survivor of breast & uterine cancer. I also have Crohn’s disease & had Colitis. In 2008 I had an irreviesible ileostomy, in 2011 I had a complete hysterectomy, I have no colon, rectum & 14″ of my small intestine has been removed as well. Since then my life has been pretty much free of sickeness (except for 2011 when I was hit with both cancers!) I’m asking if you have any recommendations for a nutritious diet for me as absorption is an issue. I’ve recently found that I am losing my hair (probably stress from the cancers!) & believe that I need a good nutritious diet. I”m not sure where to look for guidance & wonder what suppliments I might need to take as well. If this isn’t in your field of ‘expertise’ & you can recommend me to someone or a blog/website, I’d be very appreciative!!! I loved reading your page & believe that I will subscribe, it sounds wonderful!! Thanks for your time!
    Becky

    1. Hi Becky. Right now I am away on holiday with just a phone to work with so can I get back to you? I’m certainly not an expert but there is very little outwith hospitals that will have the info you need. I’m presuming you have been advised to take certain supplements by your treatment team but I may be able to offer further advice, based on what I can sleuth. Can you let me know what you are already taking and if you have any specific digestion issues other than absorption? Hopefully the ileostomy has made life easier for you. All best, Kellie

  2. Becky says:

    I am just tickled & delighted that you responded, & so quickly!!! Currently I take GummiVites for my multivitamin, as they are assimilated in my system much quicker. I was told by my doctor & a nurse to take them, I take 2 in the morning, I’m also taking one D3, 600mg of Calcium 2x per day, Potassium Gluconate 2x a day. I just think that there must be some absorption issues I’m missing out on, some supplements or such that could be improving my overall health & helping this hair loss issue. I drink Gatorade occasionally, lots, and lots of water (I LOVE water!). I was told after my surgery to salt my foods & eat lots of fatty foods for a time as I was having trouble gaining weight back. I still do some salt & have cut back on all the fatty foods I once consumed as my weight kicked back in. I don’t have any trouble with eating any food in particular, if I have too much spicy food I’ll feel that, the same with too much greasy, fried food. But I limit that as I know what I can tolerate. Since I’ve had the surgery, there really isn’t anything I can’t have which is lovely! Nutrition is what I’m after, a more fine tuned food program or supplement program for myself. I appreciate any and all help you’re willing or able to give me!! Enjoy your holiday & I look forward to hearing from you again!!!
    Sincerely,
    Becky

  3. Kellie I know you already get a ton of views, but I just had to choose you for the Liebster award since I love reading your blog. My full post explains it more: http://sculptsavvy.com/2013/08/23/the-nominations-are-in/ I look forward to reading your answers and 11 random facts about you!

    1. Aw, that’s is so kind of you Kayla! I will stop by yours and say thanks and see your other nominees. I don’t know if I have the space on the blog to fulfill the ‘duties’ of the award (and I am not interesting in any case), but I really appreciate the nomination and the thought behind the Liebster. And congrats on your own nomination :D

      1. That’s okay! I still wanted to include you!

  4. SeaCityPlay Paula says:

    Hi Kellie!

    Thank you for reading and commenting on my page. I love yours! Your skin glows. You are a walking testiment, it seems, to what healthy eating can do. The chocolate recipe looks really fantastic. i’m book marking for this weekend.
    xx,
    Paula

  5. Jody and Ken says:

    Hi, Kellie–You recently left a comment on our blog (www.thegarumfactory.net), which disappeared shortly after I read it. It wasn’t in my spam filter or trash, so I can’t explain it. In any event, thanks for stopping by. Lentil soup is tasty–and good for you. I scrolled through your blog and the turmeric milk caught my eye. We did a serious of posts last January in connection with the Blue Zones work by Dan Buettner–turmeric figures prominently in the cuisines of several of these zones. In any event, interesting blog. Good luck with your work. I’ll be back. Ken

  6. Sue says:

    Hi

    I use this site a lot just for the healthy choices for general everyday meals and have put my Dad onto this Blog as he has had cancer. However, about 10 days ago my husband had a Septoplasty operation to help him breath easier, he had general anesthetic (might be spelt wrong) for the first time, he felt really rough for a week, he has found this hard as he is a healthy fit 55 year old, he appears now to have picked up a heavy cold and feeling even worse, he never admits to feeling rough but he has, so he must be bad (!) he is too busy to take more time off work… so the point of the email, I am sure you are wondering is… what food will help him get back on form, afterall we are what we eat…

    Regards Sue

    1. Hi Sue. I’m so sorry your husband is having a hard time after his op. Hopefully the op was successful for him and he will be feeling more like himself soon. General anaesthetics are pretty rough. It took me weeks to recover from the effects when I had one about 10 years ago for a shoulder op. But the added discomfort of a heavy cold when you’ve had a septoplasty must be quite something. I think, if he has to go to work, pack him a flask of homemade soup, a pot of something like rice pudding that he can ping in a microwave and a carton of smoothie drink. Probably eating little and often is best but I don’t know if that is feasible at work. Most people I see that feel rough after surgery and under the weather want comfort food and soft-ish food that doesn’t take much effort to eat, IF he is blocked up this is more the case as he will be holding his breath while he chews. Anything soft – mac and cheese (can puree cooked kale or butternut squash to boost the nutrients), fish pie, cottage pie (shepherdess/beany pie) – that kind of thing. Another thing to take to work are soft sandwiches – tuna mayo, egg salad (eggs are fab any time), avocado and fine chopped turkey.

      While he is feeling unwell keep it simple and concentrate on calories and things he actually wants to eat. When he is better then think more nutritious, whole foods. Also, a green smoothie is great for breakfast. My current fave is super easy: 1 apple, 2 black kale leaves (or equiv), 3 dates, chia or flax seeds (1 tbsp), water and ice to blend. Process til smooth in a blender. I know it sounds gross but it is really quite nice and energising. Other smoothie ideas in the index to choose from. Also, my friend Monica at smarterfitter.com has great healthy smoothie recipes. These are good because some fibre will help if his bowel is sluggish after the GA, and sometimes raw food is just too hard to eat when you dont feel well. Have a look at my Help With Gaining Weight page for more ideas, even though he might not need to gain weight. I hope this helps, Sue. Best wishes and thanks for reading food to glow.

      1. Sue says:

        Hi

        Thank you for your very helpful advice, I have to go shopping this evening so will look at the recipes before.

        Regards sue

  7. Hi Kellie

    First off, amazing to find your blog! I suffer from Mixed Connective Tissue Disease and have lost both my appetite and my love of cooking during this recent flare, and on top of that I’ve put on the steroid pounds over the last 9 months! Looking at some of your recipe ideas has made me want to get back in the kitchen again, so thank you!

    I was wondering if you had a list of top ingredients you always keep in your kitchen? I’m about to do an online shop for things like za’ater and soba noodles for my fiance’s flat which is woefully lacking in food in general and wondering what items I should include in the order as staples for healthy, exciting meals?

    Ellie

    1. Thanks for your very kind words. I’m sorry that you have lost your love of food but I’m so pleased that you want to get in the kitchen and regain your interest. I do have a store cupboard staples for the cancer fighting kitchen page in my Cancer and Nutrition section of the blog. The tab is at the top of the page and you will find it by scrolling just a little. I hope the list helps but really think of the type of food/cuisine/recipes you gravitate towards and let that be your guide. No use in stocking up on items that aren’t going to be used very often, unless they store well and won’t clutter up your fridge once opened. I favour Mediterranean, North African and Asian flavours so my personal list might be different to yours, but the one on the blog is fairly broad as it is not designed just for me!

      All best in your quest to regain your taste and interest in food.

  8. Hi Kellie just want to say first how much I love your blog. I came across it when looking for tasty things to do with tofu (my kids love it plain but Sri Lankan hubby needs big flavours to be convinced.) your mouthwatering photos got me hooked and now we eat your meals a couple of times a week. I’d like to know what you think about stevia as a sugar substitute. I’ve reduced my sugar intake but it’s hard to steer kids away from sweet treats and I don’t want to dictate to them as it seems like a sure fire way to make them want more…..do you think stevia is a good alternative to sugar in baking, puds etc? I know you don’t have a sweet tooth and I think the ‘best’ approach is probably sugar in moderation. But moderation is a hard concept to understand when you are 3! Stevia seems like a reasonable option to me but I’d value your view as you seem to favour common sense over food fads. Many thanks Louise

    1. Thanks for this wonderful comment and your sensible question. Very kind of you. :-) Stevia is safe and the only non-nutritive sweetener I would trust. It does need a bit of fiddling to get it right for baking but there are articles on how to replace the bulk lost (go for pureed fruit, basically). I would use an organic pure powder or liquid (not Truvia etc from supermarket) as the mass market stuff is cut with fillers to bulk it out. Not dangerous but probs not high quality. Here is something reassuring for you: “Stevia, the common name for the extract stevioside from the leaves of Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni, is a natural, sweet-tasting calorie free botanical that may also be used as a sugar substitute or as an alternative to artificial sweeteners. Stevia has been found to increase insulin sensitivity in rodent models (Chang, Wu, Liu, & Cheng, 2005) and to have beneficial effects on blood glucose and insulin levels in human studies (Curi 1986; Gregersen, Jeppesen, Holst, & Hermansen, 2004), which suggests it may have a role in food intake regulation. In safety studies, no negative side effects were reported Barriocanal, 2008). Stevia was recently approved for use as a sweetener by the Joint Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization Expert Committee on Food Additives (Joint Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Expert Committee on Food Additives, 2005), and has also recently received GRAS approval from the Food and Drug Administration. Stevia is inexpensive and available to most consumers; thus, it has the potential to be widely used and may assist individuals in regulating their weight if it has a positive effect on caloric substitution. However, no study to date has examined the effect stevia has on food intake and satiety levels.” from this article http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2900484/. All best to you and you family. PS what is your favourite food to glow recipe?

  9. louisejam says:

    Hi Kellie I came across your blog whilst looking for fab and tasty things time do with tofu (my kids love it nest, Sri Lankan hubby needs big flavours to be convinced.) your mouthwatering photos and colourful, flavourful approach got me hooked and now I regularly turn to your recipe ideas for inspiration so a big thank you! Can you let me know what you think about stevia? I’ve recently reduced my sugar intake and would like to make sweet treats healthier for my kids. It’s hard to do ‘sugar in moderation’ when you are 3! Stevia seems like a good option but I’d value your thoughts as you seem to favour common sense over food fads. Many many thanks, louise.

  10. louisejam says:

    Hi Kellie – first of all thanks for such a thoughtful response and sorry for double posting – I was having trouble with my WordPress log in and thought I had lost the first comment – obviously not!! hmmm as to my favourite Food to Glow recipe, that’s a tough one (so much still to try) but I really like the rocket and pumpkin seed pesto, loaded cauliflower salad and Indonesian tofu fried rice. My three year old loved the pineapple and strawberry lollies and friends recently devoured the chocolate beetroot cake. One other thing that I wanted to share – I was treated for ovarian cancer 9 years ago and I remember during my 6 months of chemo wandering up and down the aisles of my local supermarket for (literally) hours because I could not imagine what I would possible want to eat…..how I wish I had had Food to Glow then. I’m sure your blog is a wonderful support and ray of sunshine (or colour at least) for many. I’m looking forward to trying today’s crackers and can’t wait to get recipe for that glorious soup. Happy cooking!

If you have time, I would love to hear from you. Thanks so much!

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