WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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while she was at the resort and observe how she felt. A self-proclaimed Diet Coke addict, Miller went through a powerful period of with- drawal, from which she came to see, first hand, how food affected her. She took this learning home with her, adapted it for her son, located a conventional doctor with expertise in integrative medicine near Weston, and immediately began to see dramatic improvements in both her son's health and her own. Fast Forward to 2015 Our understanding of the relationship between food and health has come a long way since Miller first trekked out to the Berkshires. The field of integrative nutrition has exploded; the Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a 20 percent increase in employment opportunities for dieticians and nutritionists by 2020. Oprah and Gwyneth Paltrow extol the virtues of fresh juicing and Meryl Streep believes that "the produce manager is more important to [her] children's health than the pediatrician." Dana Farber, one of the leading cancer centers in the world, now includes nutrition in its cancer treatment plans. Stacy Kennedy is a Senior Clinical Nutritionist for Dana Farber. The Wellesley resident has seen, over and over again, how nutrition can impact cancer prevention, treatment, and survivorship and has worked with numerous patients to devise healthy food plans to follow during and after treatment. She has created hundreds of recipes to boost patients' immune sys- tems and address the side effects of treatment, many of which are available in Dana Farber's free app: Ask the Nutritionist: Recipes for Fighting Cancer. These are not recipes for overcooked, tasteless hospi- tal food. Some of the selections created for fighting fatigue, a common symptom of cancer treatment and everyday life in the 21st century, include Salmon Salad with Caper Salsa and Shiitake and Rapini Stuffed Chicken Breasts. There are also numerous recipes for fresh smoothies and juices — Avocado Berry Smoothie, Carrot-Lemon- Apple Juice, and Pear, Apple, and Carrot Juice — which, according to Kennedy, can increase people's intake of fruits and vegetables and ease the absorption of immunity enhancing nutrients. Kennedy is clear that eating healthily is not just for those battling illness: "Nutritious foods and juices can boost everyone's immune sys- tem and overall health." In her private practice in Wellesley, Kennedy offers clients several rules of thumb: n Focus primarily on a plant-based diet, which includes anything that comes from a plant — fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds, spices, and seasonings; n Choose minimally processed and natural foods; n Drink plenty of water; and n Minimize exposure to chemicals and pesticides by eating locally grown, in-season, organic fruits and vegetables when possible. She encourages people to visualize the ideal meal as a plate that is half covered in fruits or vegetables, a quarter covered in whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, or wheat berries, and the remaining quarter in lean protein like fish or chicken. An advocate of fresh juicing, Kennedy views juicing as a healthy plant-based meal supplement that helps peo- ple of all ages consume more fruits and vegetables. While Kennedy enjoys cooking, she is the first to acknowledge that preparing healthy meals and making fresh juices can be time-consum- ing. So when Stacy Madison, the founder of Stacy's® Pita Chips, approached her about starting a juice bar in Needham that would offer fresh fruit and vegetable drinks, as well as prepared meals, Kennedy was all for it. fitness & health "minimize exposure to chemicals and pesticides" 146 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 "Nutritious foods and juices can boost everyone's immune system and overall health." – S t a c y K e n n e d y S e n i o r C l i n i c a l N u t r i t i o n i s t , D a n a F a r b e r

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