As part of the Patient Empowerment Program (PEP) “Be Informed” lecture series, Maryann Jones, CHC, AADP, Founder/Director of Thrive Naturally, talked to a capacity crowd about how ordinary foods can boost immunity and help the healing process. The complimentary lecture series is designed to give our patients practical information that promotes healing, and Maryann’s message about the power of super foods was a perfect topic to discuss.
So frequently, women going through mastectomy and breast reconstruction feel the need to gather as much information as possible to take charge of things that are in their control. This can be a daunting task for some people given the amount of conflicting experts and resources available online. That is why we feel strongly about providing our patients with accurate information to help them make informed choices and not incite more anxiety during their journey. This is an important part of the culture of hope we create for our patients.
Maryann explained to the group that they probably already have foods in their pantry and fridge that have the power to heal, and introduced them to several super foods like chia seeds, hemp seeds and seaweed. She even demonstrated how to prepare “cha chia pudding” and provided guidelines of foods known to assist in healing. Yes, you read that correctly, we learned that chia seeds not only look neat when grown on pottery, they are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and calcium. The seeds can be used to make a delicious pudding that tastes good and is good for you, too. Plus, you can add them to oatmeal, smoothies, salads, or stir fries.
We had a great session learning from Maryann. With all the useful information and easy recipes for immune boosting, everyone left with some good ideas on how to make a positive impact on their healing.
FYI - The seeds that came with your Chia Pet are not suggested for consumption.
- Mollie Sugarman, Clinical Director, Patient Empowerment Program
Photos: (top) Maryann Jones and me (bottom) Maryann making the chia pudding recipe