Moving towards a healthy anti-cancer diet means assessing what you’re doing and continually making small adjustments (that add up to big changes!) Here are three easy healthy hacks to consider:
Forgo the Dairy
When I decided to forgo the dairy, it was semi-cataclysmic. I went cold turkey and what I found was eye opening.
I ate A LOT of dairy, more than I imagined. I often had yogurt in the morning; cheese for a snack; and another snack; cheese in a sandwich, in an omelet, on pasta or even rice.
Going cold turkey I was astonished at how well I felt.
I also decided that life without cheese wasn’t worth living, but I now make health conscious choices about when and if I consume dairy. I consciously choose to have many dairy free days, and when I do eat cheese, I tend towards goat and sheep’s milk cheeses, rather than cow’s milk. Trader Joe’s has an excellent goat milk yogurt without any added sugar that I highly recomend. Some fruit, a bit of honey and some toasted flax seed and voila! A healthy and satisfying breakfast, snack or desert.
Think In Color
Color is your friend. Color speaks to anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals that are all anti-cancer healthy.
- Yellow: Turmeric! Turmeric is a powerful anti-inflammatory that you want to integrate into your diet. From drinks to sautés, turmeric is delicious.
- Green: Kale, arugula, spinach, beet greens…the choices are endless. Try something new! I picked up some organic bitter greens and spinach at Trader Joe’s the other day and sautéed it with olive oil and garlic. Great under a curried fried egg or piece of wild salmon, or on their own. Fast food, healthy choices.
- Orange: Sweet potatoes, oranges
- Blue: As in blueberries
- Red: As in apples, red raspberries, tomatoes and pomegranates
- Purple: As in cabbage, eggplant and plums
Hydration is important to your health during treatment and beyond. Our bodies are 50-65% water and we need to replenish that supply on a regular basis. During treatment we all know to drink a lot of water. But it’s a habit that we need to continue on a daily basis.
Filter your water. Filtration can range from whole house systems like a DuPont WFPF13003B Universal Whole House 15,000-Gallon Water Filtration System to a Brita 10 Cup Everyday BPA Free Water Pitcher. The purer your water, the better.
Keep a travel canister with you at all times. If you’re traveling, a Polar Bottle Insulated Water Bottle is collapsable (as well as dishwasher safe). Stay away from any bottles or products with BPA. A glass or metal water bottle also solves the problems easily!