Frequently Asked Questions
- How are you able to ensure food quality?
- My dietitian has designed a meal plan for me – how can I use this to order my meals?
- What is the sodium content of your meals?
- Do you add preservatives?
- Do you use low glycemic foods?
- Do you use organic ingredients?
- Are your meals kosher?
- How do you develop menus that can be tailored for people with cancer?
How are you able to ensure food quality? (back to top)
The culinary team at Meals to Heal includes two full time USDA inspectors who are HACCP-Certified. Their job is to ensure that the highest quality food safety procedures are being adhered to and that food is of high quality and free of harmful pathogens or bacteria.
My dietitian has designed a meal plan for me – how can I use this to order my meals? (back to top)
We can definitely work with a meal plan that has been designed for you. Our meals have been preselected to help mitigate patient-specific side effects; however, you can select any meal from our database of meals that meets the meal plan designed by your doctor or dietitian. We encourage you to work with your dietitian in selecting the meals that he/she recommends.
What is the sodium content of your meals? (back to top)
The sodium content in individual meals ranges from 100mg to 700mg. We strive to offer meals that, over the course of a day, contain 2400mg or less of sodium.
Do you add preservatives? (back to top)
There are no added preservatives in our meals.
Do you use low glycemic foods? (back to top)
A great deal of the Mediterranean Diet is low glycemic in nature. However, we do not have a strict low glycemic index policy.
Do you use organic ingredients? (back to top)
Some of our ingredients may be organic, however we are striving for a meal that is balanced from a macro and micro nutrient perspective that can help keep the cost of the service down. It is not always possible to affordably use organic ingredients.
Are your meals kosher? (back to top)
Currently, are meals have not been prepared in a kosher certified facility. We can however, offer kosher-style meals which would be free of shellfish and pork products.
How do you develop menus that can be tailored for people with cancer? (back to top)
We have worked with and consulted the expertise of chefs, registered dietitians and registered nurses who have worked at leading cancer centers or with many cancer patients. They have, through years of practice, developed recipes that are appetizing and nutritious for people undergoing cancer treatment. And, they have developed specific recipes that help mitigate common side effects experienced by people undergoing cancer treatment.
When should I start using Meals to Heal? (back to top)
The best time to start Meals to Heal is at the beginning of your treatment in order to ensure that you receive enough calories to prevent weight loss which is common during cancer treatment. By signing up for the Meals to Heal program you will be certain to receive healthy, nutritious meals on an ongoing basis which is particularly important when the fatigue of treatment makes it difficult to plan, shop and prepare meals. However, you can start the Meals to Heal program at any time during your treatment and we will work with you to ensure that you receive the proper amount of calories for your condition which may, in some instances and especially instances where you have already lost weight, involve recommending supplements in addition to our healthy, nutritious meals.
What types of cancer do you have experience with? (back to top)
Our oncology dieticians have experience with the majority of cancers that exist today. Breast, prostate, lung and colorectal cancers account for over 53% of all cancers in the United States and the treatment for these often results in nutritional related side effects such as changes in taste, nausea, lack of appetite and difficulty swallowing. We have developed nutritional strategies to help address these side effects and so believe that our services are particularly helpful for patients with breast, prostate, lung and colorectal cancers. However any cancer patient with these side effects and who can orally take in food will benefit from the nutrition in our meals.