Food, once again is our friend, if we choose wisely.

Last night’s meeting was as always a wonderful time catching up with everyone in attendance. There were 21 total there which I felt was a really good turnout considering the time of the year and how busy I am sure most all of us are.

Some reminders; next month’s meeting (Dec. 6th) will be our Holiday Supper event. Please let Jan know if you will be attending, if you are bringing guest and if you have any dietary anomalies which need to be taken into consideration.

Also, Gaslight tickets should be available starting next month as well. Remember to mark your calendar for Saturday evening April 21, 2012 for this event. The exact time is currently TBA but the date is set so circle in red.

Our guest speaker Ms. Mary Marian conducted a very interesting interactive question
and answer discussion with the group concerning nutrition.

One thing she wished to express that extra weight DOES put one at a higher risk for
cancer.

There is an abundance of dietary options out there and she suggested the ‘
Mediterranean Diet ‘ as the best available choice currently. This diet is high
in fruit, whole grains, olive oil and legumes.

Keep ‘color’ in mind and remember to have Blue/Red/Purple foods as she stated:
“Think color and keep a happy liver.”

Other considerations were that women require 25 grams of fiber per day while men
require 38 grams a day. Also remember those Omega 3’s (DHA&EPA) add that
fish oil and flax seed oil as you can.

Be careful of your cereals and breads and make sure you read that label. Smoothies
make for an excellent breakfast and you can use ‘almond oil’ and something
called ‘ greens’ which can be purchased at Sunflower Market.

Some Post Treatment suggestions were to stay active and do weight resistance
training when you can. (*Get a trainer). Sarcopenia is a real issue for cancer
survivors.

Vitamins came up and the current state of “scientific” thought is mixed as to
the benefits. Consult your doctor or dietary professional. There are some good
here but you have to do your homework.

Cheese is not necessarily a no-no. What is important is serving size. Come on, do we
really expect those triple cheese pizzas or cheese stuffed burros to be good
for us? Know the proper serving size. Bar-B-Que also needs to be done properly.
Do some checking on the proper method of preparing meat for Bar-B-Que-ing.

Oh, we could go on and on but one would get depressed with what is bad vs. what is
good. The best option is all things in moderation just like your mother told
you. Does some research online or maybe get a Mediterranean Diet book and
follow that. As always, shop smart and consult.

At the end of the meeting, we of course invited her to our annual feast of
wonderful food next month….LOL.

OK, that catches us up for this month’s meeting and we look forward to supper in December. Look for a recipe tab to be coming soon. Send me your favorites for sharing on the site.