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CNC Culinary
Solutions

Overview

CNC Culinary Solutions programs are focused on specific topics of interest to both cancer survivors and their caregivers. This is where we take a deeper dive, on an individual basis or for a group, to provide you with rich evidence-based information, insights and direction.

The Process

Considering your areas of interest and if you’re looking for 1-on-1 counseling or a presentation to a group, we will design a customized scope and approach, just for you. For individual support we will consider our CNC Culinary offerings as well as Oncology Dietitian consultations and Q&A’s. Group programs are typically done via HIPAA compliant zoom video sessions and can include both dietitians and Chef Patty.

Solutions

The following solutions can be combined, if desired, or the sole area of focus. Please fill out the form below to inquire about your specific area of interest or book a free initial consultation with one of our Oncology Dietitians to better understand your options.
Sustaining Caloric Intake - Managing Weight Loss
Managing weight loss is critical for cancer patients and a challenging area as both the disease, and treatment therapies, can make it difficult to maintain weight. Add to this a loss of appetite, fatigue, and surgical changes within the gastrointestinal tract and the challenge becomes greater.

In this module we explore strategies and techniques that can be helpful when trying to meet daily calorie and hydration goals.

Managing Taste & Flavor Changes
Many cancer patients, especially those being treated with chemotherapy or head & neck radiation, experience a range of taste and flavor changes. The changes that occur during, and after, these treatment regimens can significantly impact a patient’s desire to eat. Additionally, patients may also develop a temperature sensitivity to meals, both hot and cold.

In this module, we explore a variety of strategies and techniques to help manage these ailments and use nutrition as a treatment approach.

Incorporating More Plant - Based Foods in Your Diet
Lifestyle modifications, like diet and exercise, are highly recommended for post-treatment cancer survivors as they’re a powerful way to pursue good health & wellness. Plant-based foods, especially in whole form, are a crucial component of any diet modifications and should be part of most cancer protective nutrition plans. With that said, it can sometimes be challenging to navigate new dietary recommendations in ways that specifically meet your unique needs.

In this module you will learn different methods of preparing and cooking plant-based meals and incorporating quality proteins from plant sources. You will also learn about “food swaps”, a variety of nutrient dense, cancer protective substitutes for lower quality food choices.

Caregiver Cooking 101
Cancer and treatment can challenge one’s ability to eat normally. For caregivers, it’s sometimes difficult to understand why loved one’s are resistant to eating. It’s important for caregivers to know, this isn’t always easy, especially when you factor in certain diagnoses and side effects. With that said, there are ways caregivers can assist with food planning and meal preparation while helping preserve autonomy and control, as needed, over loved one’s food & beverage choices.

In this module you will learn about the impact of cancer on the desire and ability to eat, how to determine what foods and recipes to focus on, and food preparation strategies & techniques that have a greater chance of success.

Culinary Interventions for Gastrointestinal Distress
Gastrointestinal (GI) complications are common in cancer patients and can include constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, etc. GI complications can be the result of the cancerous disease itself or may result from surgical procedures, treatment regimens, or other causes. Ultimately, GI distress can impact a patient’s desire and ability to eat, their nutritional and performance status, and overall quality of life.

This module will focus on the use of gentle nutrition interventions (versus medications) that utilize food solutions for ailments such as those listed above.

Culinary Care Across the Cancer Continuum
Nutrition care is certainly important to discuss during active cancer treatment but, as well, it’s also important to discuss both before and after treatment too. Nutrition therapies should be considered an essential component of all cancer care plans. Before treatment, it’s important to plan for potential side effects and a possible shift in your diet. During treatment, it’s critically important to maintain weight and energy, this is not always easy. After treatment, eating well can enhance your recovery and reduce your risk of cancer recurrence.

This module will provide oncology nutrition education and insights across the cancer continuum. Topics include planning for adequate nutrition and hydration, dealing with the potential side effects of treatment, and how to promote healing and recovery after your treatment journey is complete.

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