VCU Massey Cancer Center


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 working at Massey Cancer Center with their Integrative Health Team as their outreach dietitian. I will be blogging about hot nutrition topics, teaching classes, working with support groups, posting recipes and much more! First I would like to share with you a little about ME!

I am originally from West Virginia and moved to Richmond, Virginia 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 from Marshall University. I have be practicing as a dietitian since 2010. I am a knowledge seeker and love to continue to learn new things especially in the field of nutrition and healthy living. I am excited to be working with a wonderful group of people who are all making such a difference for so many individuals and their families.


Allie is available to speak about nutrition and cancer at community events, support groups and more. Send your event requests to alliene.farley@vcuhealth.orgView her schedule below:

Rock Star Women of Massey - Nutrition for Life
Thursday, November 8, 5:30 p.m.
Courtyard by Marriott Downtown

Tricycle Urban Ag Farm Stand
Every Thursday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at North Hospital 

Video: Understanding a Nutrition Label


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

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Video: Food safety


Food safety mistakes are common. In this video, Allie provides simple tips for proper food handling and hygeine to prevent food-borne illness.

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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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Video: 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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Cooking with tomatoes


There are many great ways to cook with tomatoes, especially during the summer months. Check out these delicious and easy to prepare tomato recipes!

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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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Summer vegetable chicken and yogurt berry popsicles

Whether you need an idea for a quick, healthy dinner or a fun, wholesome snack to cool down with, these recipes are sure to help you welcome the summer months.

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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.