I am a long time foodie. I love farmers markets anywhere, anytime; I love to cook; I love to garden. So when I lost all interest in food during chemo, I was worried. My inability to eat roused an almost primal fear associated with the need to live. In response, I forced myself to eat with only one goal in mind: nutrition.
This experience was a paradigm shift that stays with me to this day. Everytime I eat, I realize that I have an opportunity to choose foods that help create an anti-cancer environment in my body.
According to David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD in Anticancer, A New Way of Life (p. 125):
“Every day, at every meal, we can choose food that will defend our bodies against the invasion of cancer by
- detoxifying carcinogenic substances;
- supporting our immune system;
- blocking the development of new vessels needed for tumor growth;
- preventing tumors from crating the inflammation that serves as their fertilizer;
- blocking the mechanisms that will enable them to invade neighboring tissues; and
- promoting the suicide of cancer cells.”
Food, Servan-Schreiber argues, is a melody that we play every time we eat.
Each week in our Food & Flavor section, we look at the nutritional and anti-cancer aspects of various foods. With one food or idea each week, we build an informational and experiential base that you can use to craft a personalized anti-cancer diet. What you eat is a choice with potentially important repercussions. Take charge of your health, one step at a time, one decision at a time.