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By Pat Wetzel
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.
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!
Pat Wetzel is the Founder of the Anti-Cancer Club. In 2009, she was diagnosed with a rare lymphoma. After three rounds of chemo, surgery and radiation, she is in remission.
How does one take control of one’s health, even in the face of cancer? What are the factors of health in the context of cancer?
Research by Dean Ornish, MD, David Servan-Schreiber, MD, Jeanne WallacePhD, CNC, and others point to 4 key factors over which each of us has total control: Nutrition, Exercise, Mind/Body Modalities (such as stress management) and Social Connection.
The lifestyle choices that create anti-cancer health are not the day to day reality that most of us live. Our lives are fast and stressful. We don’t always eat well and exercise may or may not be part of our equation. And even with family and friends, cancer can be very isolating. People simply don’t know what to say or do.
Ultimately each of us must find our own path, but we don’t have to re-create the wheel. Learn from all of us on this site as we share personal experiences, expertise and insights into creating an anti-cancer life.
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