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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.

Invite Allie to speak at your community events, support groups and more.
Send your event requests to alliene.farley@vcuhealth.org.

Nutrition with Allie
Allie will be available to discuss a variety of nutrition topics and to answer questions once a month from 10-11 a.m. in the North Hospital lobby. The dates are listed below:

Thursday, January 24
Tuesday, February, 26
Wednesday, March 27
Thursday, April 25

Click here to view Allie's recipes and blog archive  

Is there a topic that you would like to see covered? Send your requests to alliene.farley@vcuhealth.org

Diet and nutrition: immunity

 

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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Video: How to 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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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

 

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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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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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.