Nutrition 411: Donna’s Inspiration, Recipes & Links

Rainbow spring rolls w/almond butter  sauce

“Let food be thy medicine

and medicine be thy food.”

– Hippocrates


A Health Warrior is Born

On January 19, 2010, I was diagnosed with DCIS. I was 44 and had two young children.

Hearing the word “carcinoma” was terrifying. Hearing the aggressive treatments was equally terrifying — and nothing made any sense to me.

Despite being heavily pressured by a medical team of oncologists and surgeons, my gut led me to investigate.  I soon felt confident to say NO to aggressive “cancer” treatments.

With the guidance of a nutritionist friend, I focused on learning about “food as medicine.”

I went from being frightened, confused and anxious to feeling calm, empowered and inspired. I became an avid researcher, blogger, Certified Nutritionist and advocate for informed decision-making and pro-active wellness practices.

I created DCIS 411 in 2011 to share my discoveries and resources. I love helping women find peace of mind and optimal health after a DCIS diagnosis.

In 2015, I created Give Wellness to share wellness information and nutritious recipes. Below you will find links to some of my favorite recipes and resources.

Favorite green collard wrap with quinoa, hummus & avo

Recommended Books

Recommended Documentaries

Recommended Nonprofits

MDs and Science-based Resources

Shout out to Deb Hackenberry, facilitator of SHARE’s monthly DCIS Roundtable discussion and support group — thank you for inviting me to co-host “De-mystifying Nutrition” on March 25, 2020.

Deb’s recommended nutrition links:

Join Deb and me on the next online DCIS Roundtable discussion on April 29 at 6pm ET, 3pm PT via “GoToMeeting.” Please register in advance here.








About Donna Pinto

I am originally from New Jersey and moved to Los Angeles with my family at age 12. After graduating from San Diego State University with a BA in Journalism, I had a short-stint in magazine advertising sales before landing my "dream job" with Club Med. For two years I worked at resorts in Mexico, The Bahamas, The Dominican Republic and Colorado. My husband Glenn & I met in Ixtapa, Mexico and we embarked on a two year honeymoon around the world. This was also a research project for a book we wrote called "When The Travel Bug Bites: Creative Ways to Earn, Save and Stay Abroad." I am also the author of a quote book for new graduates -- "Cheatnotes on Life: Lessons From The Classroom of Life." In 1997, we settled in San Diego and I was blessed to work part-time from home for non-profit organizations while raising our two boys. In 2010, a DCIS diagnosis changed my life. DCIS 411 is the culmination of my on-going journey and discoveries.
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