FROM THE BLOG
THREE WAYS TO SUPPORT A LOVED ONE WITH BREAST CANCER
A new cancer diagnosis or starting treatment can be scary and overwhelming for your loved one. Now is the time to tap into your inner superhero. Don’t underestimate the impact of your role as a spouse, partner, friend or family member. Read on to see how to be an all-star support for your loved one.
Treatment can cause changes in body image, hormones and leave patients feeling exhausted. Stay positive, encouraging and present. Being there for your partner physically and emotionally shows that you care. According to the American Cancer Society, not only is it critical for your spouse's emotional well-being, but studies have shown that survival may be better for those with good social support. If you don’t live nearby, support using the other resources, like employing online social networking to update family and friends or raise funds if necessary.
When going through cancer treatment, everyday chores and errands still need to be done. Tap into friends and family to assist with house cleaning, childcare, meal preparation and grocery shopping. With all the everyday chores taken care of, plan fun outings to raise the spirits of your loved one. Perhaps a lunch visit with old friends or a short shopping trip for some retail therapy. A matinee movie can provide a low stress way to relax.
Support by organizing medications, keeping medical records, tracking bills and understanding insurance benefits. Learn and know who to go to for symptom advice, finance support and home healthcare if needed. Your actions let your loved one know you care and can relieve some of their stress. Remember that often the little things mean the most.
FROM THE BLOG
SHOULD I TRY A CARB-FREE DIET?
The short answer is no. The slightly longer answer is, the human body needs some carbohydrates to function correctly. Also, nutrient and fiber packed fruits and vegetables contain carbohydrates, which means cutting out all carbs could create vitamin and mineral deficiencies. While following a low carb diet can result in weight loss short term; studies show following this eating routine for months or years raises serious concerns. Heart arrhythmias, cardiac function impairment, sudden death, osteoporosis, kidney damage, increased cancer risk, impairment of physical activity are potential complications that could arise.
Many no carb diets promote high intake of protein and fat from animal sources which may raise your risk of heart disease, increased bone loss, gastrointestinal disturbances and may increase risks of various chronic diseases or certain cancers.
Need more reasons to skip this fad diet? There can be side effects when starting on any drastic elimination diet. Cutting out carbohydrates could lead to:
- Bad breath
- Muscle cramps
- Skin rash
- Constipation or diarrhea
Luckily, there are ways to incorporate nutritious carbohydrates into a healthy diet. Start by eating a variety of fruits and vegetables each day. Second, when eating breads and other starchy foods make the best choice by reading labels. Look for ‘whole grain’ as the first ingredient. We get the most nutrients and fiber when the whole grain is used in our foods. Don’t mistake that foods labeled with ‘multi-grain’, ‘100% 'wheat’, or ‘high fiber’ or foods that are dark brown as being healthy. Read the label for ‘Whole Grain’ to know for sure.
Contrary to fad diet claims, evidence shows healthy carbohydrate selection isn’t linked to weight gain or obesity. Let’s stop the carb bashing and start making smart carbohydrate choices!