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Diet and nutrition guidelines

VCU Health and Massey registered dietitian Allie Farley will provide nutrition tips and information on the connection between diet and cancer. Please check this page regularly for Allie's latest blogs and recipes!

Meet Allie
Hi and welcome! My name is Allie Farley and I am the Massey Integrative Health team's outreach dietitian. In my role, I blog about nutrition topics and recipes, speak at workshops, meet with support groups and much more! I would like to share with you a little about myself. I am originally from West Virginia and moved to Richmond, Virginia in the beginning of 2018. I received my undergraduate degree in human nutrition and foods from West Virginia University and completed an internship, as well as my master’s degree in dietetics at Marshall University. I have been practicing as a dietitian since 2010. I am a knowledge seeker and I love to learn, especially in the fields of nutrition and healthy living. I am excited to be working with a wonderful group of people who make such a difference for so many individuals and their families.

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Nutrition Blog

The New American Plate webinar series
In this four-part webinar series, Allie discusses the New American Plate model, an innovative approach to eating.
Diet and nutrition: more herbs, less salt
It is important to monitor your sodium intake. A good way to do so is by replacing salt with herbs and spices for additional flavor.
Diet and nutrition: chocolate
An ingredient in chocolate, cocoa, has been shown in research to have cancer-fighting effects.
Diet and nutrition: avocados
Avocados contain monounsaturated fat, dietary fiber, potassium and vitamins. Add them to salads, sandwiches and more.
Diet and nutrition: picnics
While not the most conventional idea, eating outside can help us slow down our fast-paced lives and cherish the outdoors.
Maintaining a healthy weight during cancer treatment
Increasing your protein and calorie intake will help you maintain your muscle mass and weight during treatment, improving your chances for a speedy recovery.
Meal prepping during a pandemic
Meal planning during a pandemic has added challenges but it does not have to be stressful or difficult.
Cooking with spices
Research shows that phytochemicals might play a role in cancer prevention.
Cooking with super seeds
Research indicates that seeds have numerous health benefits.
There is no shortage of claims that certain foods or supplements can boost our immune system.
Understanding a nutrition label
Allie explains how to interpret the nutrition labels on packaged foods.
Food safety
Allie provides easy advice for proper food handling and hygiene to prevent food-borne illness.
Shop smart for fruits and vegetables
Allie provides quick tips on buying high quality produce, while saving money and ensuring that your nutritional needs are met.
The truth behind natural products
Natural products include vitamins, minerals and probiotics. Some individuals may identify them as dietary supplements, herbals, botanicals and alternative or complementary products.
Hydrating for Nutrition
Allie provides simple tips to integrate into your lifestyle.
Eat the rainbow
A balanced diet should include a variety of colorful plant-based foods rich in phytochemicals.
Should I avoid sugar in my diet? Does sugar feed cancer?

Massey does not endorse all integrative and complementary practices. We only recommend those that are known to be safe and have the potential to improve health when used alongside, and never in place of, professional medical care. All cancer patients are advised to consult with their physician before starting any integrative practice, as some may interfere with medical care.

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Diet and nutrition: chocolate

Aug 24, 2020

If you’re a chocolate lover, stay tuned! Chocolate is a huge hit when it comes to meeting your sweet tooth needs. An ingredient in chocolate, cocoa, has been shown in research to have cancer-fighting effects. Cocoa has antioxidants called flavanols t...

Diet and Nutrition

Diet and nutrition: more herbs, less salt

Aug 10, 2020

You might notice some swelling in your hands, feet, legs or belly region after a salty meal or snack. High amounts of salt can also spike your blood pressure and damage your heart, kidneys or liver. Therefore, it is important to monitor your sodium i...