Lately I have had several friends talk to me about themselves or loved ones battling cancer. As a friend I offer comfort, but as a dietitian I feel compelled to go a step further and offer my service. This is why I decided to start my own blog to offer advise and direction to those seeking nutrition counsel for various reasons. October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and only seems fitting for my first blog to focus on Cancer Prevention.
According to the Center for Disease Control, cancer was the second most common cause of death in the United States . A multitude of factors drive the development of cancer, including genetics, exposure to toxins, environment and lifestyle. Many researchers believe that up to 60% of cancer development can be prevented if Americans adopt healthier lifestyles. The prescription for cancer prevention is 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night, 60 minutes of exercise per day, quit smoking, reduce alcohol consumption, maintain a healthy body weight, increase water consumption and improve overall food habits.
To prevent cancer, the World Cancer Research Fund International recommends limiting consumption of foods high in fat and/or sugar; including a variety of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and beans in the daily diet; limiting consumption of red meat; avoiding processed meats; and limiting salt intake. You can lower your risk for cancer starting now
with your next meal. Choose mostly plant foods like vegetables, fruits, whole grains and beans. Use animal products as a condiment and allow plant foods to be the focal point of your meal. Aim to fill 2/3 of your plate with fruits, vegetables, legumes, and whole grains.
Signature Joanne Slyter, dietitian, Westminster, CO