Friday, November 2, 2012

Food For Thought

Here is another article about leveraging nutrition to help ward off cancer. Some of these guidelines are so easy to incorporate

* start your morning off with 1-2 nice size mugs of green tea
   - go to a tea store and purchase good loose tea and a diffuser, I don't know what that pulverized powder is that the big companies sell in tea bags. reminds me of the difference instant coffee and freshly ground beans.
* consume at least one lemon per day
   - everyday, make a delicious "lemonade"; see my recipe under elixirs
   - cook often with lemon juice and grated lemon peel - with a little olive oil, Dijon and seasoning, this makes
    a perfect vinaigrette 
* eat a chopped salad at least 5 days per week for lunch
   - mix up the green, orange, yellow and red vegetables but try to incorporate raw broccoli florets and
    broccoli spouts as often as possible
* don't buy farmed raised fish - just don't
* buy a jar of minced garlic and use liberal amounts when cooking. every savory dish tastes better with garlic.

Below is an excerpt from the article, not just for cancer survivors, but for every woman who strives for good health.

Breast cancer survivors can reduce the likelihood of recurrence through a number of lifestyle factors:
  • Increasing the consumption of cancer-fighting foods
  • Ensuring an adequate intake of essential nutrients
  • Keeping the immune system healthy
  • Nourishing the digestive system
  • Balancing blood glucose levels
  • Maintaining an ideal body weight
  • Using only non-toxic cosmetics and body care products

The Eating for Health Plan

The diet for preventing recurrence of breast cancer emphasizes antioxidant-rich, anti-inflammatory and immune-stimulating foods. It is recommended to consume six to twelve servings a day of fresh, whole fruits and vegetables. These plant foods can contain up to 100 phytonutrients, which have been associated with cancer-protection and health recovery.
In conjunction with fruit and vegetables the diet includes healthy fats, complex carbohydrates and lean proteins in appropriate portions. As well as preventing cancer, a nutritious diet promotes increased energy, balanced emotions and makes it easier to manage your weight.

Specific Foods for Breast Cancer-Protection

  • Apples
  • Bitter melon
  • Berries
  • Broccoli
  • Celery
  • Wild fish
  • Flax seeds
  • Garlic
  • Green tea
  • Lemon
  • Mushrooms
  • Pomegranate
  • Seaweed
  • Whey protein
If cancer is discovered in your body, these same dietary choices can slow the progression of the disease and increase survival time. Also highly beneficial is access to pure air and water, regular physical activity, stress management, adequate sleep and social support.
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