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Quick & Easy Meals Designed Specifically For People Managing Cancer While Avoiding Nutrient Deficiencies and Cravings


Optimal nutrition is extremely important for people both in the prevention of and during the treatment of cancer.
  
To ensure we did the topic justice, we joined forces with oncologist Dr. Brian Lawenda to unlock the latest research and create a simple solution with three recipe books specifically designed for people managing cancer.  
 
Who is Brian Lawenda?

Dr Brian Lawenda MD has a unique background as a radiation oncologist, integrative oncologist, and functional medicine practitioner. 
Brian is the medical director for the Northwest Cancer Clinic in Washington and brings a wealth of knowledge and practical experience to this discussion.

Brian has been a close friend to Optimising Nutrition for years. There is a lot of alignment in our approaches to optimal health and nutrition. So, when we started thinking about who we could ask to be on our board of advisors, Dr. Lawenda was an obvious choice for us to partner with.

Why did we create three recipe books for cancer? 

When we first talked about building recipe books tailored for people managing cancer, Brian insisted there wasn’t a one size fits all solution, so we created three books: 
  • Weight gain - Many people managing cancer lose their appetite during the aggressive treatment regime (e.g. radiation and chemotherapy) and need to find a way to eat more to put weight back on and to avoid sarcopenia.   
  • Fat loss - Meanwhile, many people need to lose weight before cancer treatment, as obesity is a major risk factor for cancer growth.   
  • Maintenance - People who are already at a healthy weight simply need to focus on nutrient density while getting enough energy to maintain their weight.
Dr. Lawenda says:

"There is no one ‘anticancer diet.’ Whether you are going through cancer treatment or you are a cancer survivor, your diet needs to support your metabolic health, immunity and gut health. To effectively fight cancer, tolerate treatment and recover, your body requires a nutrient-dense diet that is tailored to your individual needs."   
This is not magic
Firstly, we need to state upfront that what we have created is not magic.  

Our nutrient-dense recipes are simply packed with minimally processed ingredients tailored to suit the needs of people managing cancer.

There is, of course, still a role for targeted drugs and other therapies in the effective treatment of cancer under the guidance of your medical team.  

Our recipes for those affected by cancer, are designed to give your body what it needs to recover and thrive (as much as possible) through the process of cancer management while also avoiding nutrients that promote cancer growth more than others.  

In addition to medical intervention, we believe that lifestyle and dietary changes will give you a MUCH better chance of long term success.  

What is Cancer?

Cancer is an incredibly complex subject which has been heavily researched. But at the simplest level, cancer can be thought of excessive growth of defective (or malignant) cells.

In nutrition, we usually want to support healthy growth and repair (e.g. in the context of growing children or people who are building muscle). However, someone managing cancer needs to restrict the growth of cancer. The challenge is that we need to starve malignant cells while also nourishing the person who has cancer (the host) at the same time. 
 
To achieve this, we need to find the optimal balance tailored to a person’s goals and context by reducing the nutrients that promote cancer growth and spread while still giving their body the energy and nutrients it needs to recover, heal and thrive. 
 Nutrients that affect cancer growth
In addition to MACROnutrients and satiety, some MICROnutrients that have been found to fuel excessive cancer growth. We can intentionally reduce these when designing a suite of recipes for cancer.  

The research in this section has been highly influenced by a March 2020 paper Dietary modifications for cancer therapy by MIT Professor David Sabatini in the prestigious journal Nature. We are extremely excited to be able to apply Sabatini’s detailed analysis of cancer pathways and mechanisms using our process of nutritional optimisation.
  
Rather than thinking in terms of individual nutrients or supplements, our database of recipes enables us to use a multicriteria analysis to prioritise recipes that contain specific nutrients in the context of whole foods that, beyond the essential vitamins and minerals, contains a broad range of beneficial compounds. 
 
Glutamine

While glutamine is the most abundant amino acid in the human body, it has also been found to play a key role in cancer metabolism. Cancer cells consume an inordinate amount of glutamine to facilitate their growth, and many modern cancer drugs and treatments intentionally target the action of glutamine to slow cancer growth.

While it is hard to remove glutamine from a nutritious diet, our recipes designed for people managing cancer de-emphasise glutamic acid to reduce one of the major fuels for cancer growth.
  
Methionine

Methionine is another amino acid that is critical for cancer growth, particularly tumours. Dietary restriction of methionine has been shown to enhance cancer treatment in mouse models for a range of cancer types, including carcinoma, glioma, prostate cancer, colorectal cancer, breast cancer and melanoma. 
 
It is also difficult to eliminate methionine from a nutritious diet. However, we have designed the cancer recipe books to de-emphasise methionine to prioritise recipes that contain less methionine.  

Serine  

Serine is another amino acid that cancer cells require to support their proliferation. Cancer research indicates that dietary restriction of serine has the potential to slow tumour growth. The restriction of serine in the diet also enhances the action of metformin which is sometimes used in cancer therapy. Hence, our cancer management recipes de-emphasise serine.

Aspartate
 
Low levels of aspartate, the amino acid which is required for protein synthesis, can be growth limiting under hypoxic conditions, which are common in tumours. Hence, our cancer management recipes de-emphasise aspartate.

Foods that contain more aspartate include soy protein, shrimp and asparagus. 
 
Histidine
 
The drug methotrexate was one of the first approved anticancer drugs and is a cornerstone of modern chemotherapy treatment. However, this therapy can cause toxicity as it depletes histidine to dangerous levels for the person undergoing the treatment.  

However, it has recently been found that increasing the dietary intake of the amino acid histidine can increase the sensitivity of cancer cells to methotrexate and lower the negative side effects of methotrexate treatment. Our recipes designed for cancer emphasise recipes that contain more of the amino acid histidine.

Folate

Folate (vitamin B9) is a nutrient that is critical for growth, including tumour cells. The antifolate drug methotrexate is the standard of care for leukemia to target the synthesis of nucleotides that are in high demand for fast-proliferating cancer cells. Hence, our cancer management recipes de-emphasise folate.

Vitamin B12 

Similar to folate, vitamin B12 tends to promote growth, and excessive supplementation have shown to increase the risk of lung cancer. Hence, we have chosen not to emphasise vitamin B12 in the recipes to avoid excessive levels of vitamin B12.   
Pick A Recipe Book For You

Here Is What's Inside Each Book

  • An ebook with 33 of the most nutritious meals optimised for people managing cancer (that you can take with you anywhere on your phone or tablet).
  • A secret index of links to the 150 most nutrient-dense recipes optimised for cancer so you will never run out of nutritious ideas to try. 
  • A full micronutrient breakdown showing the vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and amino acids that you will obtain from every recipe.
  • ​Access to all the recipes pre-logged in Cronometer for your convenience.
  • ​A list of the most popular nutrient-dense foods.
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  • $97 Professional Diet Analysis so you can have finally know what nutrients your diet  is missing which means you can finally feel full of energy and stop constant hunger and cravings.
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