Comforting Foods for Uncomfortable Side Effects


with Chef Laura Pole, RN, MSN

- Thursday, August 29, 10:00am

Moved to August 29th from 10:00am-12:00pm

Are you or someone you care for experiencing uncomfortable side effects from cancer treatment? 

Join Health Supportive Chef Laura Pole and learn how food might be helpful in preventing or easing some of the side effects of treatment, such as dry or sore mouth, nausea, and fatigue.You’ll learn tips on packing a lot of nourishment into smaller amounts of food, for those times when you don’t feel like eating very much.

Using the kitchen as our pharmacy, we’ll prepare and eat delicious comforting foods and beverages such as an easy to make, nourishing vegetable soup, a baby kale omelet casserole, Ginger Lemonade with Frozen Grapes, and an uplifting Chocolate Banana Smoothie.

We are excited to work in collaboration with Nueva Vida to offer a bilingual nutrition class. 

*Please Note: Every individual’s needs are unique. We aim to offer a variety of health-promoting options for each individual to consider, but do not prescribe the specific dietary content of any program for anyone. 

Our programs are open to the community, and tailored to meet the needs of people affected by cancer. Classes and workshops are free or low cost on a pay-as-you-can basis, ensuring that our programs are accessible to everyone.

Suggested donation: $30

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Laura Pole, Chefnurcian at Smith Center for Healing & the ArtsAbout Laura Pole
Laura Pole, RN, MSN,
 comes with a diverse educational background including a Masters degree in nursing, chef certification and professional music training. For over 20 years, she has been merging her careers as a health supportive chef, professional musician, oncology clinical nurse specialist, and a palliative care educator. Laura serves Smith Center in several ways: Director of Nourishment Education Programs, Director of Professional Trainings in Culinary Translation and Co-Creator/Coordinator of Patient Navigation Trainings. Laura is also on faculty for the nationally acclaimed Cancer Fighting Kitchen workshops.

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