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Diet and nutrition

VCU Health and Massey registered dietitian Allie Farley will provide nutrition tips and information on the connection between diet and cancer. Please check this page regularly for Allie's latest blogs and recipes!

Meet Allie

Hi and welcome! My name is Allie Farley and I am the Massey Integrative Health team's outreach dietitian. In my role, I blog about nutrition topics and recipes, speak at workshops, meet with support groups and much more! I would like to share with you a little about myself.

I am originally from West Virginia and moved to Richmond, Virginia in the beginning of 2018. I received my undergraduate degree in human nutrition and foods from West Virginia University and completed an internship, as well as my master’s degree in dietetics at Marshall University. I have been practicing as a dietitian since 2010. I am a knowledge seeker and I love to learn, especially in the fields of nutrition and healthy living. I am excited to be working with a wonderful group of people who make such a difference for so many individuals and their families.

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Quiz: How healthy is your diet?


You can start lowering your cancer risk at your very next meal. Experts recommend that our diets revolve around plant foods, such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans.

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Cooking with super seeds


Crunchy, nutty and nutrition-packed seeds are a great addition to many recipes! Research indicates that seeds have numerous health benefits.



Spices for cancer prevention


Research shows that phytochemicals found in the spices turmeric, ginger, allspice, garlic and cinnamon might play a role in cancer prevention. 

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There is no shortage of claims that certain foods or supplements can boost our immune system, which makes it very difficult to decipher the truth about immune boosting foods.

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Shop smart for fruits and vegetables


In this video, Allie provides quick tips on buying high quality produce, while saving money and ensuring that your nutiritonal needs are met.

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 Understanding a nutrition label


In this video, Allie explains how to interpret the nutrition labels on packaged foods.

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Food safety


In this video, Allie provides easy advice for proper food handling and hygeine to prevent food-borne illness and maintain food safety.

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The truth behind natural products and herbal supplements


Natural products include vitamins, minerals and probiotics. Some may identify them as dietary supplements, herbals, botanicals and alternative or complementary products.

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Nutrition for hydration


Did you know that a nutritious diet can help you stay cool and hydrated? In this video, Allie provides simple tips to integrate into your lifestyle.

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Eat the rainbow

What does it mean to “eat the rainbow”? A balanced diet should include a variety of colorful plant-based foods rich in phytochemicals.  

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Should I avoid sugar in my diet? Does sugar feed cancer?

Most people associate the term “sugar” with white sugar. However, sugar can be found in our diets in two different forms, natural and refined. 

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Massey does not endorse all integrative and complementary practices. We only recommend those that are known to be safe and have the potential to improve health when used alongside, and never in place of, professional medical care. All cancer patients are advised to consult with their physician before starting any integrative practice, as some may interfere with medical care.