Food worries: do I have increased cancer risk if I don’t eat organic?

eat organicPeople recovering from cancer or hoping to lower their risk sometimes worry about chemicals used in conventional agriculture. When you eat organic food is that a smarter option? Here are some facts and tips about organic versus conventional foods, and what you can do to maximize your diet’s health benefits.

Are organic foods better for your health?

When it comes to health benefits, there have not been any direct studies on humans to show that organic foods can prevent cancer – or other diseases – more effectively than conventionally grown foods. So far, there is also no Continue reading

Cancer-fighting nutrition and plant compounds

Phytochemicals and antioxidants are plant-based substances our bodies need

cancer-fighting nutrition

Foods, not dietary supplements, are the best sources for cancer-fighting phytochemicals and antioxidants.

Are you curious about where to find cancer-fighting phytochemicals and antioxidants like flavonoids and Vitamin E? Do you ever wonder if you should be taking supplements? Want to know how to add more color and variety to your meals to prevent cancer or reduce your risk of cancer coming back? Look no further to learn more about cancer-fighting nutrition! Continue reading

Healthy eating made simple

Meet some of the food world’s most valuable players

food mvp.fwFebruary is National Cancer Prevention Month and one of the best prevention strategies is to eat a variety of plant based foods. The vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals in these foods demonstrate anti-cancer effects. Their low-calorie, high-fiber content provides further anti-cancer benefits by helping to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. Including these foods into your plan for healthy eating can be easy. Follow these five simple tips to dramatically boost the nutrition and flavor of your favorite dishes and reap the cancer preventative benefits too.

Easy additions with great benefits

  1. Add walnuts to hot or cold cereal or to salads
  2. Add beans to stews, soups, casseroles and salads.
  3. Add berries as a topping to salad, yogurt, cereal and muffins.
  4. Chop a garlic clove and add it to meat, sauces and dips. Make sure to use fresh garlic, not jarred or dried garlic.
  5. When making a salad choose dark leafy greens over iceberg lettuce. Incorporate dark leafy greens in your favorite foods such as spinach in macaroni and cheese or lasagna, or kale in soups. Continue reading

Battle of the bulge: Make a New Year’s resolution to lose weight and cut your cancer risk

diet manOne in every three Americans is fighting the weight loss battle. Being overweight or obese puts you at an increased risk for serious health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, heart and gallbladder disease and some cancers. Did you know that losing 10% of your weight can lower your risk for many diseases?  Whether you have tried to lose weight on your own or with the help of an organized program, too often the focus is on severely restricted diets and unrealistic goals. Not being able to reach these goals can set you up for endless rounds of failure and discouragement. Instead try these simple healthy lifestyle changes to reach your goal and cut your cancer risk:

  • Eat a balanced diet. Rather than starting a “diet,” try some of these tips to eat more balanced meals. Continue reading