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Myeloma Survivor Dietary Plan in Three Easy Steps

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“The average multiple myeloma survivor has received little nutrition counseling as part of their MM care, highlighting the importance of holistic, household-oriented nutrition education…”

Conventional oncology is often not prepared to counsel multiple myeloma (MM) survivors about long-term MM survivor issues. Nutrition is just not part of the FDA’s mission. This is fine. You are on your own when it comes to living life as a multiple myeloma survivor.

Further, I am both a MM survivor and MM cancer coach. My comments below are based on my research and personal experience. I am not any sort of nutritional professional.

Step 1–  Nutrition for the MM survivor is not a diet. It is a lifestyle change. Therefore changes you make to your diet must be sustainable. I will go so far as to say these changes must be easy to be sustainable. I believe the key to changing my diet was to take things step by step. My motto is “progress not perfection.”

My first step was to reduce my consumption of foods that most everyone agrees are unhealthy- processed sugar, animal fat and white flour are my big three. I am assuming you have already quit smoking tobacco if you are a smoker.

Step 2– Add fruits and vegetables to your diet. No big moves meaing the average MM survivor is not going to add brussel sprout to every dinner every night.

As I said above, your nutrition is a lifestyle change not a diet. My wife is a chef and loves to cook. My wife prepared meals for our son, not for me. My job then was simply to reduce or eliminate processed sugar, animal fat (I still have trouble saying no to bacon) and white flour from the meal set in front of me.

I highly recommend smoothies. Tasty, Fast and Easy way to add fruits, veggies, probiotics, protein, etc. to a meal.

Step 3– Once you have become comfortable with your diet of little or no processed sugar, animal fat and white flour and you have added fruits and veggies to every meal I encourage you to take your nutrition to the next level.

Research indicates that most every cancer has specific foods/supplements that fight that specific cancer. There are anti-prostate, breast, colon, etc. foods and supplements that you can slowly build into your day.

In the case of my cancer, multiple myeloma, I add as many anti-angiogenic foods and supplements to my daily diet as possible. This includes supplementing with curcumin, resveratrol, EGCG, others.

I use and recommend a Nutribullet High-speed blender– easy to use, easy to clean, excellent value. If you read between the lines of that last statement I am lazy and cheap. This is why I use a Nutribullet.

To learn more about those foods and supplements that are cytotoxic to your cancer please scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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“We’re Just Not Prepared for Eating Over Our Whole Life”: A Mixed Methods Approach to Understanding Dietary Behaviors Among Longer Term Cancer Survivors

Background: In many countries, there are growing numbers of persons living with a prior diagnosis of cancer, due to the aging population and more successful strategies for treatment. There is also growing evidence of the importance of healthful diet and weight management for survivorship, yet many long-term cancer survivors are not successfully following recommendations…

Results: Survivors following a more healthful diet were more likely to be female, have greater socioeconomic resources, more years since diagnosis, normal weight, and no smoking history…

Discussion: Most survivors had received little nutrition counseling as part of their cancer care, highlighting the importance of holistic, household-oriented nutrition education for maintaining health among long-term cancer survivors…”

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