Eat Your Way to Good Health, Today and Everyday
- Every day, you can make cancer-fighting choices.
In a given day, there is a lot we cannot control, like the weather and traffic.
And there is a lot that we can.
What we do, and do not do, on a regular basis adds up and can influence our long-term health, including our risk of cancer.
A recent report from the World Cancer Research Fund details the Top lifestyle habits for preventing cancer, based on a 10 year’s worth of research.
See how well your daily habits match the recommendations.
If you have them all down, keep it up, if you have a few areas to work on, focus on 1 at a time, avoiding the “all or nothing” approach.
Remember that some exercise and vegatables are a whole lot better than none, as a health-supporting lifestyle is not built in a day. But for sure it is worth building
Move more and sit less. Physical activity protects against several types of cancer. Work up to 150 mins of moderate-intensity activity, or 75 mins of vigorous activity, every week.
Eat plants. Vegetables, fruit, legumes like lentils and beans, and whole grains can protect against some types of cancer and help you maintain a healthy weight, which is itself protective. Make these foods staples of your daily diet.
Minimize or eliminate “fast,” processed, and sugary food. Fast food, processed food, and baked goods have been stripped of nutrients and fiber, and they tend to be loaded with sugar, fat, and calories. That is a bad formula for your health, including your risk of cancer.
Maintain a healthy weight. Excess weight has been linked to many types of cancer. Keep your BMI in the normal range with a plant-based diet and regular physical activity.
Limit red and processed meat. Eating red meat, and processed meats like bacon and salami has been shown to cause colon cancer. Limit your consumption of red meat and avoid processed meat as much as possible. If you eat red meat make sure it is Organic and grass fed!
Choose food over supplements. Do not rely on high-dose dietary supplements for cancer prevention; get your nutrients from food.
Minimize alcohol. Even small amounts of alcohol increase your risk of cancer. If you do drink, be sure to stay within national guidelines, no more than one drink a day for women, two for men.
Eat healthy, Be healthy, Live lively
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