Protein Rich Entree – Vegan Sausage, Spinach & White Beans

This one pot wonder is perfect for a breast cancer recovery diet. Easy to make and the whole family can enjoy!  Also use organic ingredients when possible.


  • 1 Package of Vegan Italian Sausage
  • 2 Cups of Vegetable Broth
  • 2 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Can Drained Cannellini Beans
  • 1 Can Diced Italian Tomatoes or 2 Diced Plum Tomatoes
  • 6 Cups Baby Spinach (1 bag)


  1. Fry vegan spinach in Olive Oil when done add garlic and cook for 2 minutes.
  2. Add vegetable both, beans, tomatoes cook for 7 minutes.
  3. Add baby spinach, stir into mixture just until wilted.
  4. Put into and sprinkle Nutritional Yeast on top.
  5. Enjoy!

A combination of a healthful diet and physical activity seems to be particularly important, as was shown in the Women’s Healthy Eating and Living Study, which included 3,088 women previously diagnosed with breast cancer. Women who had at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day and averaged 30 minutes of walking 6 days per week had roughly half the risk of dying from breast cancer, compared with women who ate fewer vegetables and fruits or who were less active.

So a healthful plant-based diet helps in many ways. It makes weight control easier, helps you avoid unhealthful fats, and keeps fruits and vegetables front and center. This combination, along with regular exercise, helps prevent cancer and also reduces the risk of recurrence.

Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at if you have questions.



Protein Rich Breakfast Cookies For A Cancer Diet

Typically cookies or other types of sweets are not recommended for a cancer diet. Healing cancer and eating sugar just don’t go together! The good news is you can still have sweets without the harmful effects of traditional, processed ingredients. Try out this healthy cookie recipe with alternative ingredients and extra protein. These cookies are wonderful for breakfast with coconut milk yogurt.  Always use organic ingredients when possible.


  • 1/2 cup(6tbsp.) butter or vegan butter alternative (Earth Balance)
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar or date sugar
  • 1/2 granulated sugar or coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs or Vegan Eggs/flaxseed alternative
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cup all purpose-flour or peanut flour (rich in protein)
  • 2 tablespoons almond milk if using peanut flour to keep from being too dry
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt (optional)
  • 3 cups quick oats
  • 1 cup raisins


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large bowl, beat butter and alternative sugars on medium speed of electric mixer until creamy.
  2. Add alternative eggs and vanilla; beat well.
  3. Add combined flour, baking soda, cinnamon and salt, mix well.
  4. Add oats and raisins and mix well.
  5. Bake 8 -10 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 1 minute on cookie sheet; remove to wire rack. Cool completely. Store tightly covered. Makes 2 dozen


  • Bar Cookies – Bake 30 minutes in ungreased 13 x 9 metal baking pan.
  • CannButter – Replace butter alternative with Cannabutter (can be made with butter alternative).

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Dawn Breast CancerAbout Dawn Bradford Lange:  Co-founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Dawn is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us if you have questions.


Animal Protein May Play a Role in Cancer Risk

In the two decades between 1990 and 2010, the leading causes of death and disability remained relatively constant. Heart disease remains the leading cause of loss of health and life, but among the diseases whose incidence has increased the most over the past generation is chronic kidney disease. The number of deaths has doubled.

Our “meat-sweet” diet has been implicated in this escalation. Excess table sugar and high-fructose corn syrup consumption is associated with increased blood pressure and uric acid levels, both of which can damage the kidney. The saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol found in animal products and junk food are also associated with impaired kidney function, and meat protein increases the acid load to the kidneys, boosting ammonia production and potentially damaging our sensitive kidney tissue. This is why a restriction of protein intake is often recommended to chronic kidney disease patients to help prevent further functional decline.

Is all protein created equal? No—not all protein has the same effect on your kidneys. Our kidneys appear to handle plant protein very differently from animal protein. Within hours of consuming meat, our kidneys rev up into hyperfiltration mode, dramatically increasing the kidneys’ workload. This is true of a variety of animal proteins—beef, chicken, and fish appear to have similar effects. But an equivalent amount of plant protein causes virtually no noticeable stress on the kidneys. Eat some tuna, and within three hours, your kidney filtration rate can shoot up 36 percent. But eating the same amount of protein in the form of tofu doesn’t appear to place any additional strain on the kidneys.

Why does animal protein cause the overload reaction while plant protein doesn’t? Researchers discovered that after giving subjects a powerful anti-inflammatory drug along with animal protein, the hyperfiltration response disappeared, suggesting the hyperactive response was triggered by inflammation.

Animal protein may also play a role in cancer risk. IGF-1, insulin-like growth factor 1, is a cancer-promoting growth hormone that is released in excess when we eat animal protein. This is presumably why those who eat less meat, egg white, or dairy proteins have significantly lower levels circulating within their bodies within weeks of making the dietary switch. This lowering of IGF-1 levels is thought to be why the blood of men and women eating plant-based diets suppresses prostate and breast cancer growth in vitro significantly better than those eating the Standard American Diet.

In health,
Michael Greger, M.D.

Dr. Michael Greger on Breast Cancer Authority Blog

Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

Protein Powder Ideas For Lunch & Dinner During Cancer Treatment

Here are some protein powder ideas for lunch and dinner, following on from last week ‘s suggestions for breakfast. It doesn’t just have to be a shake or smoothie.

As I discussed in Beyond Smoothie 1 – Protein powder for breakfasts, there are times when we need to use protein powder in our diets due to difficulties with eating or getting adequate nourishment during cancer treatments. But it can get monotonous and boring to just have smoothies or shakes. And sometimes we want something warming and more comforting rather than a cold drink. But there are other ways to use the powder.

Protein benefits on blood glucose levels
Remember that adding protein to a high carbohydrate meal/food can also help with blood glucose levels. For example, with the mashed potato idea shown below, the protein powder addition may well reduce glucose levels after eating it. Similarly for baked goods. Instead of just having flour and fat – add some protein. Protein powder can really help in balancing blood sugar.

So here are some suggestions on how to use powders in other ways that can be part of lunch or dinner.

Ruth BaillieRuth Baillie is originally from the UK and now lives most of the year in Northern California. She holds two Master’s degrees, one in Personalized Nutrition (distinction), and another in Health Psychology. She is a Registered Nutritional Therapist, Certified Professional Cancer Coach, and Cancer Guide, and has undertaken considerable post-graduate studies in integrative naturopathic oncology. She is the author of “Choices in mind-body medicine for cancer patients in Sonoma County, California” and her research has been published in peer-reviewed journals.

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