Posted on September 27, 2015

Cancer + Wellness series: Episodes 8 & 9 – Tips for better nutrition after cancer

Maximizing patients’ health and nutrition after cancer is an integral part of the Cancer + Wellness Program at Mary Free Bed. Program instructor Mick Von Doxatater encourages people to consider the steps they take to prepare their food; from washing, to chopping, to the actual method of cooking.

Nutrition After Cancer Mary Free Bed Cancer WellnessIn episodes 8 and 9 of our ongoing video series based on the program, “Surfer Mick” offers easy preparation tips to help you get the most out of your healthy foods, like fresh produce. For example, Mick recommends chopping onions and garlic and allowing them to “rest” for 10 minutes before using them in a recipe.

“There’s a chemistry and alchemy in cooking that’s exciting,” Mick says.

Mick also demonstrates how to steam fresh foods, like asparagus, leafy greens and even apples.

“(It’s) in the realm of culinary medicine,” Mick says of the careful preparation and combination of certain foods.

Learn more by watching the clips here. Or, watch the entire video series.

Cancer + Wellness is an innovative pilot program fusing gentle exercise with nutritional education. It’s funded through Mary Free Bed and a grant from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.