Diet Expectations
Dam. Mad. About Breast Cancer
by Cathy Leman
1w ago
The work that I do has one purpose; helping food-panicked survivors of hormone-positive breast cancer eat with peace and enjoy their food again after treatment ends.  Sounds like that would be pretty simple, doesn’t it?  Give clients a few handouts, teach them what’s best to eat and avoid, then load them up with plant-based recipes and encourage them to try ‘em out.  Oh my, no. While those are all fine as resources go, and certainly useful, that’s not enough to transform the lives of my clients.  Here’s why. Every woman I work with comes to me with expectations about her d ..read more
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Diet Changes Are Hard
Dam. Mad. About Breast Cancer
by Cathy Leman
2w ago
After treatment ends, it’s common to want to “do your diet differently”. You feel like your nutrition needs have changed, so why wouldn’t you want to shake things up? The problem is, you’re not sure where to start. That’s challenging enough on its own, but in my opinion, the even bigger challenge is maintaining the changes you DO put into place.  Here’s how it typically goes.  You decide to cut down on some foods or add more of other foods, and in some instances, you just leave the food alone and keep eating the same way. Regardless of how you go about it, you don’t trust yourself t ..read more
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Peaceful or Panicked Mindset?
Dam. Mad. About Breast Cancer
by Cathy Leman
1M ago
There’s a lot to be said for examining the way you “think” about food.  I don’t mean think about food as in, “What will I make for dinner?”, “What SHOULD I eat for dinner?”, or “Is what I ate for dinner okay for me to eat for dinner?” Those are “thoughts” about food, for sure. What I’m talking about is your MINDSET around your food.  In my experience, post-treatment survivors tend to approach food with either a peaceful or panicked mindset.  Here are three ways to tell which mindset you’re in most often: NUMBER ONE A panicked mindset thinks one bite of cookie or one sip of wine ..read more
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Doing the Work
Dam. Mad. About Breast Cancer
by Cathy Leman
1M ago
Happy 2024! It’s been 2024 for five days. How you doing? If, like millions of other Americans, you made a resolution to completely overhaul your eating and drinking habits when the clock struck midnight on December 31, five days can feel like a lifetime. You’ve been doing all that planning. Measuring. Perhaps even logging and tracking. It’s been five days of intense focus on all the things you put on your plate, and likely even more. . .all the things you’re trying to keep OFF of your plate. Trying is the operative word. WHAT’S HAPPENING? It’s about now that you’re recognizing you need more t ..read more
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Why Are You Eating?
Dam. Mad. About Breast Cancer
by Cathy Leman
3M ago
There’s a common complaint among women who’ve gone through breast cancer treatment.  Weight gain.  It doesn’t happen to everyone, but I hear enough women speaking about the issue to know it’s common.  When I talk with someone interested in my Peaceful Plate program, weight gain is often one of their challenges. Weight gain can cause panic about recurrence risk, as well as negatively impact self-esteem, energy and mobility. I constantly hear blame placed on hormone medications like aromatase inhibitors (below) or the selective estrogen receptor modulator (SERM), tamoxifen: Arom ..read more
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Too Late for Risk Reduction?
Dam. Mad. About Breast Cancer
by Cathy Leman
4M ago
Hey, Pinktober is almost over!  How you doin’? I hope you’re taking care of yourself while riding the pink tsunami!  I can’t help but think how many companies made a crapload of money selling breast cancer goods and services this month.  Goods and services with no connection to breast cancer other than some random reference to “pinkness”.  One of my clients told me she went golfing in early October. The gentleman who checked them in announced, “All the pins this month are pink for breast cancer”.  She responded, “Oh, does the club make a donation?” He had absolutely n ..read more
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Stop Saying “NO” to Food
Dam. Mad. About Breast Cancer
by Cathy Leman
4M ago
I work with women just like you.  You’ve finished treatment for hormone-positive breast cancer and are ready to take charge of your nutritional health, but you don’t know where to start.  You feel overwhelmed trying to figure out what to eat, what to avoid, and how to get a handle on the panic you feel about the connection between your diet and recurrence.  No diet regimen is too crazy to try (if it will prevent recurrence), no food rules too strict to implement (if they’ll keep your eating in line), and there’s no way in hell you’ll eat anything with sugar in it, ever again.&n ..read more
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31 Healthy Tips for October
Dam. Mad. About Breast Cancer
by Cathy Leman
5M ago
It’s time to retire BREAST CANCER AWARENESS.   We’re plenty aware. During October, I suggest we adopt BREAST CANCER ACTION month.  To get you started I’m sharing 31 healthy tips for managing your recurrence risk and rebuilding your health after treatment.  Eating a plant-based diet, exercising regularly, limiting/avoiding alcohol, not smoking, and maintaining a healthy weight are all recommendations for survivors. (1) A solid survivorship goal for everyone is “a lifetime of good health.” I always say, “When you eat for breast health, you support your overall ..read more
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Why Inconsistent Nutrition Answers?
Dam. Mad. About Breast Cancer
by Cathy Leman
5M ago
In April 2018 I had the sincere pleasure of attending my first oncology nutrition symposium, a biennial event hosted by the Oncology Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Nutrition science ruled at this event, and “voodoo nutrition” based on conjecture, personal opinion, philosophies, and miracle cures was denied a seat at the table. Well, that’s not entirely true. “Voodoo nutrition” shows up at EVERY dietitian event. We always discuss the latest myths and misnomers slithering through the internet and beyond, to be met unfailingly with eye-rolling, gnashing ..read more
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National Tofu Day
Dam. Mad. About Breast Cancer
by Cathy Leman
6M ago
What is the big deal with tofu?  In the ER+/PR+ breast cancer survivor community you and I are part of, it comes down to three things: It’s soy It’s scary It’s misunderstood This post isn’t a deep-dive into soy, rather, on none other than National Tofu Day (I’m not kidding), it’s a way to shine a spotlight on the current evidence-based information about this confusing food. Also, if you’ve not already done so, let this post encourage you to add tofu to your post-treatment diet for its versatility, deliciousness, and impressive nutritional benefits.  UNCERTAIN ABOUT SOY? According ..read more
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