Nutrition

NUTRITION

Good nutrition is important at every stage of your cancer journey.

Professionals You Can Trust:

Dietitians are experts in food and nutrition  who can answer questions and provide knowledgeable, informed answers.

All Dietitians have a University Degree and at least 1250 hours of supervised, hands-on training. The title “Dietitian” is protected by law, just like Physician, Nurse or Pharmacist. “Nutritionist” is not a protected title in Ontario – that means anyone can use it, regardless of their eduction.

Dietitians are members of a provincially regulated profession that has public protection as their mandate. This is The College of Dietitians of Ontario.

How can the Dietitian help you?

By providing great ideas and strategies to help you eat well through your cancer journey.  Whether that is to help manage symptoms such as nausea, or to make sure you are getting enough nutrients such as protein in your diet.

Wondering what to eat if you have cancer?

Here are some resources that will help answer that question!

Nutition for the Person with cancer during treatment

Canadian Cancer Society Guide to Good Nutrition

National Cancer Institute Eating Hints

Nourish Online

A Nutrition Guide for Women with Breast Cancer

Managing Your Symptoms

These guides will help you cope with symptoms you may be feeling such as nausea, poor appetite, a sore mouth or bowel problems. 

Cancer Care Ontario Symptom Management Guides

Food Ideas to Cope with Taste and Smell Change

Have questions about using herbal supplements?

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre - All about herbs, botanicals and other products

Calories, Protein and Fluids

If you are losing weight or needing more protein for strength or healing, or struggling with getting enough fluid in the day, here are some resources to help you with that!

High Calorie High Protein

About Fluids during your Treatment

Oral Nutrition Supplements

Oral supplements can help you maintain adequate intake of calories, protein and vitamins.  There are a variety of products available, including name brands and store brands.  These are all nutritious.  You may find that you prefer the taste or flavours of certain ones, or you may find that one kind is on sale one week for a great price.  The choice is yours!  Below you will find some helpful information on choosing the right oral supplement for you, there are also some recipes you can use to make your own high calorie, high protein shake or smoothie.

And last but not least, here are some websites that are reliable for good nutrition advice for anyone!

UnLockFood.ca

Canada's Food Guide

UnLock Food Cancer Prevention

Want to talk to your clinic Dietitian?

If you are registered with the Medical Day Clinic, referrals to the clinic Dietitian can be made through your health care provider or by contacting  519-621-2333 ext.2347.