With Level #1, you’ve introduced new, wonderful, anti-cancer foods into your diet. As you become more educated about food choices, you will want gear your diet towards even greater health. Keep in mind that this is an evolutionary process. Here are some of the basic decision making methodologies you will want to incorporate into your food selection process:
1. Food Sources
According to the USDA, “Organic meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products come from animals that are given no antibiotics or growth hormones. Organic food is produced without using most conventional pesticides; fertilizers made with synthetic ingredients or sewage sludge; bioengineering; or ionizing radiation.”
Many industrially raised animals are fed antibiotics, grains, left over organs and viscera of other animals. These meats are high in Omega 6 fatty acids which encourage inflammatory processes in our body.
Grass fed meat on the other hand, is rich in Omega 3 acids which have beneficial anti-inflammatory characteristics. Many markets carry organic or grass fed products. In addition, the website lists some of the local ranches and farms that provide quality food sources.
2. Organic or non-Organic
By now you’ve downloaded the Dirty Dozen app onto your phone and you’re aware of the fact that sometimes you prefer organic products. Knowing when organic matters, when it doesn’t, and why, is valuable information. Your food selection process is getting more knowledgeable and chances are, the food you are eating is tasting better than anything you’ve had in recent times.
Walmart, major supermarkets, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and farmers markets all carry good quality organic produce. An anti-cancer diet that is rich in vegetables and grains, and uses meats at an accompaniment (rather than the main course) is actually less expensive than a traditional American diet.
3. Reading Labels
As a rule of thumb, if it’s not real food, don’t eat it. If it doesn’t rot or sprout, don’t have it in your diet. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t consume it! Preservatives do not add any nutritional benefit to your diet. Choose natural foods without additives and preservatives. Fresh foods that are as close to their source as possible provide the best nutritional value.
4. The Whites
Sugar, white pasta, white rice and white flour are foods you want to avoid. They all raise your insulin level, which in turns creates a more cancer friendly environment in your body. Instead, start using natural sugar substitutes and consider fruit for a sweet fix. Rather than a huge bowl of white pasta, try whole wheat. Or limit your quantitates and have a big salad as your main meal, with just a bit of pasta. Substitute basmati rice or other brown rices for white. And wonderful whole wheat breads are easy to find.
5. Cooking Methods
Lighter, healthier techniques are becoming part of your cooking repertoire. Steamed and roasted vegetables (with some olive oil and/or lemon) are staples in your diet. Avoid barbecuing over charcoal and frying foods in saturated fats.
6. Acidity/Alkalinity and Cancer
Many people suggest that cancer cells cannot grow in an alkaline environment, and that therefore gearing your diet towards alkalinity is desirable. Scientific studies in humans,however,have yet to prove this. Should you consider an alkaline diet? Here’s some information on the topic: