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Follicular Lymphoma Treatment Vegan Diet

  • Ask the Nutritionist

    Q: I have follicular small cleaved cell lymphoma and have undergone and am about to undergo treatment. I am a vegan and am wondering if you have any diet suggestions for me to both support treatment as well as my immunity in general?

    MS, Boulder, CO, May, 2017

    A: There are so many resources for supporting treatment while on a vegan diet. Immune supporting foods include fruits and vegetables, which are recommended to raise levels of phytonutrients in the body. Smoothies, shakes, and stews are a wonderful way to get in extra nutrients.

    Our website has plenty of recipe resources for healthy, well-balanced meals that provide protein and healthy fats. Foods that are especially helpful include cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and cauliflower, as well as whole grains, lemons, tomatoes, fresh fruit, nuts and seeds. Getting in additional calories from plant-based healthy fat sources like nuts, nut butters, avocado, and oils like olive or walnut as well as protein sources, such as beans, tofu, tempeh, soy yogurt/milk, lentils, and cooked grains like quinoa, are also recommended. Foods to limit include processed foods, refined sugar, and refined carbohydrates. Try the following recipe resources:

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