I was delighted when Nicola, the G-free Mom invited me to join her D-tox January. Eating (much) more in the way of fruits and veggies is very powerful for preventing cancer and keeping our bodies healthy.
Her mission touches my heart on a variety of levels. I do teach cancer nutrition classes, and have for the past 6 or so years. I also had my own cancer scare almost two years ago which was both humbling and terrifying. At the end of the day, most of us have people who we love who have been touched by cancer one way or another. So rather than sharing a recipe, I wanted to do something slightly different share my recommendations and favorite websites for people with cancer, people post-cancer, or just plain people who like good, tasty food.
Here are my favorite tips for people undergoing cancer or wanting to avoid it. Please note that people with different kinds of cancers do have different needs, but these are overall themes:
- Enjoy a variety of fruits, veggies, grains, beans, and nuts daily.
- Eat unprocessed foods (whole foods) as often as possible.
- Try for a rainbow of colors of fruits and vegetables.
- Cut back or eliminate sugar. Instead, use a small amount of fruit juice, stevia, agave nectar, brown rice syrup, etc.
- Buy organic produce as often as possible, especially for the “dirty dozen” (for more info, see http://www.foodnews.org/)
- Eliminate or limit animal fats, like butter, cream, lard, and red meat, especially ones from animals that are conventionally raised. (Research this is particularly important for people with cancer, especially breast cancer).
- Shift to healthier cooking oils, like olive or grapeseed oil and some nut oils, too.
- Relax when you eat and ENJOY your food.
- Don’t hesitate to lean on your friends and family. Many people want to help because it makes them feel useful, so let them know what you need!
- Add fish high in omega 3s into your diet twice weekly.
- Eat with the seasons. Seasonal fruits and veggies are tastier, healthier, and usually even cost less.
- Pack small healthy snacks and keep them with you.
- Stay hydrated!
- If you decide to indulge, keep guilt to a minimum. You actually don’t get extra points back for beating yourself up.
PLEASE NOTE: SOME OF THESE WEBSITES/BOOKS HAVE GLUTEN CONTAINING RECIPES.
World’s Healthiest Foods http://whfoods.com/ Great information on healthy foods and preparation
American Institute for Cancer Research http://www.aicr.org You can sign up for weekly recipes
Caring for Cancer www.caring4cancer.com
Cancer project www.cancerproject.org
Cancer RD/Diana Dyer www.cancerRD.com
Cancer dietitian http://cancerdietitian.com
Good links for largely plant based meals:
Meatless Monday: http://www.meatlessmonday.com/
The magazine for vegan family recipes http://www.vegfamily.com/vegan-recipes/
Two vegan online cookbooks http://vitalita.com/cookbooks.html
Free downloadable books
Eating Vegan http://www.eatingvegan.com/
Fat Free Vegan blog http://www.fatfreevegan.com/
Nutrition MD http://www.nutritionmd.org/recipes
Run by a vegetarian advocacy group
- One Bite at a Time
- The Cancer Fighting Kitchen
- Anticancer, A New Way of Life
Julia B. Greer
- The Anti-Cancer Cookbook