Don’t Live to Eat, But Eat to Live – Episode 284

Health, Hope & Inspiration

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Featuring: Nathan Schober

Published: October 16, 2021

Does it really matter what I put in my mouth to eat?

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Show Notes:

Nathan Schober, a Clinical Oncology Dietician at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA), Atlanta, and a Hodgkin lymphoma survivor, takes time to chat with Rev. Percy McCray about the value of good nutrition. Nathan offers several tips for cancer patients, including vetting nutritionists and ensuring they are properly licensed. And he weighs in on the age-old debate of whether sugar feeds cancer.

Nathan also discusses the pitfalls of conflicting research on nutrition for cancer patients and provides reputable resources that offer helpful nutritional research guidelines to help support cancer patients.

Schober also shares insight about his personal cancer journey and how his faith was renewed and helped him through difficult days of treatment.

“I grew up in the church, but I would say around in high school, I lost my faith,” he says. “I went as agnostic and then, atheist. Then I was diagnosed and that still wasn’t enough to wake me up. I went through my first four chemos, had bad scans, went through radiation, had some good scans for a while, and then it [cancer] recurred. And then I had to go for more chemo, and then stem cell transplant. And it wasn’t until that second recurrence, I say, that I still wasn’t listening to God. So, I had to work through all of that to answer enough questions to the point where I could say, ‘I believe again.’”

Listen to this amazing conversation about food, faith, and moving forward … with cancer.


  • “There’s no shortage of nutrition information out there.”
  • “You can do all kinds of things and call yourself a nutritionist. And that doesn’t mean that you’ve had any training.”
  • “You can just call yourself that [nutritionist] and put out content, that ends up muddying the water a little bit.”

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