Many people find that food is something they can experiment with and make health promoting choices that increase their sense of wellbeing.
There’s no scientific consensus about the benefits of eating organic produce but it makes intuitive sense to many people to minimise exposure to even the small amounts of pesticide residue in conventional Australian grown produce. There are a number of resources and shops in Perth supplying a range of organic food and products.
For individualised nutrition advice, you may want to see a suitably qualified practitioner. The title ‘nutritionist’ is not a protected title which means anyone can call themselves a nutritionist. Always ask about practitioners qualifications and ensure they have current membership with a relevant professional body. Some of the peak professional bodies are listed here so you can search for a practitioner in your area.
Be mindful that while healthy, nutrient dense food can help you tolerate treatments and keep your energy up, there’s no diet proven to cure cancer, and extreme diets are generally not helpful or sustainable. Aim to maintain your weight and muscle mass during treatment and for prevention, aim to be in the healthy weight range for your height.
An up to date website listing organic suppliers in Australia.
Dietitians are highly educated, evidence based nutritional advisors, and some have done additional study or expressed a particular interest in cancer. They are particularly helpful if cancer or its treatments are affecting your ability to eat, or to maintain a healthy weight.
The World Cancer Research Fund provides systematic literature reviews for specific cancer types, and has useful infographics summarising dietary information for the prevention of cancer.
Australian Natural Therapists Association is a professional body for naturopaths, nutritionists, herbalists and homoeopaths. These modalities are currently part of a self -regulating industry with no external registration body, however ANTA members are required to undertake continuing professional education and maintain first aid and CPR skills. Ensure that you ask practitioners about their qualifications, philosophy, and experience in order to find the right practitioner for your needs.
Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine is a post graduate training body that allows GP’s and other health professionals to upskill in nutrition. They have a searchable database of practitioners who have done their training.