The pandemic has become a pronounced feature in all of our lives over the past year, especially for those of us with cancer. We heard your concerns from our survey and wondered how else we might be able to support you at a distance during this time, beyond our online peer-support sessions.
With the explosion of interest in home-baking and cooking spurred on by being in lockdown, we started to wonder if there was a way to bring cancer patients into that bustling online community. So, we got a team together with a chef, a nutritionist, a psychologist and an eating disorders expert and created our own recipes made with cancer patients in mind.
A good appetite and healthy diet are important in providing your body with the energy and nutrients it needs. Having a well balanced diet and maintaining a healthy weight may help you through treatment and improve your overall sense of wellbeing. It may also support your immune system as you go through treatment and your body is healing.
A good diet also supports good mental health. From the nutrients we take in to the action of preparing the food itself, it can all benefit a positive state of mind. Our recipes are developed with a mindfulness approach to help the process feel restorative and engaging.
Cooking is a wonderful way to connect with others, either through preparing food with or for each other, or by sharing your plate on social media to impress your friends and family. If you decide to upload your dish, remember to tag us with #lttcooking to join the Cooking Community and see what everyone else has been up to.
As we fight our way through the coronavirus pandemic and beyond, we find ourselves reconnecting with the world around us in new ways. We believe that with the power of social media, sharing the gift of cooking with each other is another thing we can enjoy, no matter the distance.
We hope you enjoy our recipes and can’t wait to see what you create!
This project was made possible with support from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund with The National Lottery Community Fund and Comic Relief’s LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Recovery Fund in partnership with METRO Charity and NAZ.