Healthy Eating During Cancer Remission
I am a firm believer in the simple idea in these three words: Nutrition is Power.
I believe that nutrition can empower your body, can help strengthen you, and can also help prevent diseases such as reoccurrence of cancer. There may not be anything much greater on your mind right now than wanting to do all you can to help your body get as strong and powerful as possible so it can fight off all it faces.
Nutrition can be a great start. It is also true that we are much more than the food we put in our bodies. You've probably heard the adage “You are what you eat," and to some extent, this is true. But I believe we are much more than just our diets. Nutrition is a great start, and something that you can have control over, but keep in mind that disease prevention is more than just nutrition.
Five things you can do to empower your body nutritionally
- Eat more vegetables and fruits. It is vital for our bodies to stay healthy to get enough vegetables and fruits. A wide variety is also very important. Try lots of colors and types, be brave and try new vegetables and fruits, as well as new ways of cooking or preparing them. One way to try new foods is to experiment with new seasonings. We're finding some amazing benefits of herbs and spices, and they add so much flavor, too. Using them, you can aim for 9-13 servings of vegetables and fruits every day. You'd be in great shape, nutrition-wise, if you would eat around 5-10 different kinds of vegetables and fruits every week. They offer great vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, enzymes, and even protein to help your body function optimally. Research shows, again and again, that more veggies and fruits are never a bad idea.
- Drink lots of water. We live in a modern, dehydrated culture these days, and while we may be drinking a lot of liquids, we're leaving the right stuff out. Just drinking straight water can be so beneficial to your health, and it also helps flush out toxins your body may have collected from the environment.
- Eat lean proteins. Protein is needed for many functions in the body, and it can help carry the nutrients you ate with all your added vegetables and fruits. Protein helps build strong muscles, so for our vitality and overall good health, we need it. Good sources of protein include lean meats, eggs, tofu, beans and lentils. Even some vegetables can be a good source of protein.
- Eat healthy fats. We all remember the low-fat frenzy of the last 10 years. It seemed smart, but it has hurt us as we see disease incidents rise and more obesity, as well as some increases in cancer prevalence. We are once again seeing how important some healthy fats are as part of our eating habits. A good quality olive oil can be a great addition, and snacking on nuts and seeds also gives your body some of the nutritious fats and protein we need. Just adding half of one avocado a day is another way add healthy (and delicious) fat to your diet.
- Last is what you take out of your diet. Try hard to limit processed foods. Our body simply was not made to digest many products that are sold as food these days. If you can: eliminate them completely from your diet. Read the ingredient list, and if you find more than five ingredients, ingredients you can’t pronounce or don’t recognize, do not eat it. Try to stick to whole foods, think real foods, and steer away from these food-like substances as much as possible.
Try these five steps as you consider your approach to staying healthy. If you do, your body will thank you!