Thursday, July 29, 2010

Healthy Stuff

Someone on the forum that I'm part of put up this info.  I thought I'd pass it on to you.  Its easy to read, yet covers a lot of info.  Hope you find it informative.

7 Ways to Slash Cancer Risk

1. Be physically active for at least 30 minutes a day.
2. Lower your weight to the lower end of the body-mass index for your height. Even more important, banish belly fat, which acts like a ‘hormone pump' releasing estrogen into the bloodstream as well as raising levels of other hormones.
3. Avoid sugary drinks and high-calorie foods. For blood sugar balance.
4. Eat more fruits and vegetables.
5. Eat less red meat and little or no processed meat. Red meat contains heme iron and other substances that damage the colon lining, making way for tumor growth. Processed meat is even worse. When meat is preserved by smoking, curing or salting, or by the addition of preservatives, cancer-causing substances (carcinogens) are formed that damage cells in the body, leading to cancer. While studies show we can eat up to 18 ounces a week of red meat without raising cancer risk, research shows that cancer risk starts to increase with any portion of processed meat.
6. Limit alcohol to two drinks a day for men, one for women-but none is best of all. Scientists are still researching how alcohol causes cancer. One theory is that alcohol can directly damage DNA, increasing our risk of cancer. Research shows that alcohol is particularly harmful when combined with smoking.
7. Limit salt intake. Salt and salt-preserved foods are linked to stomach and other digestive cancers; limit salt to 2400 milligrams to be safe.

As for me, while going through chemo I don't worry too much about what I eat.  Its more about taste at this point!  I try to eat some fruits and veggies everyday, and get some protein.
My plan for after treatment is to find some meatless meals we like (I'd like to serve it once a week), continue to eat more fruits and veggies, and make some things from scratch, instead of packaged side dishes. Also, a big one for me, is to increase my exercise.  I believe everything is ok in moderation, so I won't deny myself anything!  I want to make life-long changes, not "diet".

I'll update more about my treatment later....
Have a great day everyone!


  1. These are great tips. I have made many of these lifestyle changes -- just need to exercise more.
    I would add that its important to keep up on your screenings. If people don't have health insurance or are on a limited income, there are free services out there. Just ask around.

  2. Just caught up on your blog entries for the past two weeks. Thanks for continuing to chronicle your journey. Your indomitable spirit is such an inspiration! Happy belated birthday!!! I am agreeing with you 110% that next year you are going to enjoy a great celebration to make up for what you've missed the past two years. You are more than a conqueror through Christ who loves you!