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Alexandra Stewart

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Melbourne, Australia
B.App.Sc(Orthoptics)
Cert. IV Forensic Science
CEO at Centre For Cancer Nutrition + Editor-in-Chief EAT NOURISH magazine
WORK EXPERIENCE:
6 years of giving practical grassroots advice on how to adapt meals and ingredients to suit chemo side-effects.
Editor-in-Chief EAT NOURISH digital magazine.
Recipe developer & food photographer.

MEDIA EXPERIENCE:
Today Extra - Expert opinion on adapting food to suit chemo side-effects
Ticker TV - 2 appearances
Inside Small Business - Top 50 Small Business Leader 2018, Q+A 2021
Prevention magazine Australia - 2 x 2 page personal health features 2016 & 2020
Sydney Morning Herald
The Carousel - several articles published
Carousel Food - several recipes published
CancerPal - produced Chemo Nausea information video for them 2020
Acuity Magazine - Expert in feature article
Body+Soul - 5 ways to care for a carer
The Fiji Times - feature on training breast cancer dragon boat team 2020
The Footy Show
The Latch - featured in World Cancer Day article 2021
Plus many more...
Cancer nutrition, malnutrition and side-effects
Cancer survivorship
Small business owner
Fitness & strength training
Dragon boating
Travelling
Skiing
Crafts
Fifteen years ago, Alyx was diagnosed with breast cancer. She understood from her own experience with treatment-related malnutrition that help and advice with overcoming this is very difficult to find. Studies show up to 80 per cent of cancer patients suffer some form of malnutrition during their treatment. Alyx saw the same questions every day in support forums about how difficult it is to eat with side-effects and people asking where to go for help.

Whilst lots of people are aware there are many side-effects of cancer treatment, the most obvious of which can be hair loss, the hidden side-effect from cancer treatment is malnutrition. Cancer-related malnutrition results from “hidden” side-effects, like a dry mouth, sore mouth, nausea and difficulty swallowing. Taste and smell changes severely alter the enjoyment of food and not eating is often the only option – hence the malnutrition.

When we lose our enjoyment of food, we lose our connection with family and friends because we can no longer participate in the sharing of a meal together. We use food to celebrate and to console. The missing pieces of the cancer puzzle related to practical information about how to tweak and adapt food and ingredients so someone with side-effects can still enjoy their favourite meals. This is what drove Alyx to create Centre For Cancer Nutrition.

Alyx has expanded her expertise to include those who have had Covid-19. The principles applied to taste and smell changes due to chemo can also be applied to those with taste and smell changes from Covid.

Alyx is a proficient public speaker, a breast cancer survivor, relaxed and natural in front of the camera (a place she loves to be) and able to convey a message quickly, clearly and concisely.

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