The Anti-Cancer Diet

Turn your grocery store's produce department into a supplier of nourishing anti-cancer supplements.

The Anti-Cancer Diet

By making smart decisions every time you visit the grocery story, you can greatly reduce your risk of hormone-dependent cancers like breast, ovary, uterus and prostate. This simple daily diet contains foods rich in antioxidants, fiber and isoflavones.

To print a list of these Anti-Cancer foods, click here.


Berries, Yogurt and Green Tea

Blueberries are believed to be one of the most powerful antioxidants; they also contain ellagic acid, which prevents carcinogens from latching onto your DNA. Yogurt contains the healthy bacteria lactobacilli, which stops enzymes that turn healthy cells into cancer. Green tea is another powerful antioxidant that you should be drinking at least once a day.


Tempeh with Rainbow Chard, Tomatoes and Flaxseed

Click here for the rainbow chard recipe.

Tempeh is packed with isoflavones, a plant-based estrogen that mimics estrogen found in animals and humans. A diet rich in isoflavones could be more impactful for women who have less natural estrogen (i.e., post-menopausal). It's important to understand that isoflavones can help reduce estrogen-induced cancers by blocking our natural estrogen.

The same chemicals that give rainbow chard its color are also powerful immune boosters. Tomatoes are one of the world's most concentrated sources of lycopene, which prevents cancer cells from growing and dividing. They are best absorbed if cooked with a bit of olive oil. Flaxseeds contain lignans that block natural estrogen, which can feed certain cancers like breast and ovarian.


Quinoa With Roasted Vegetables and Curried Beans

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From Peru in the Andes, quinoa is a whole grain rich in fiber and antioxidants. Fiber stimulates the good bacteria in your colon to produce cancer-fighting compounds; it also lowers your risk for cancer by sweeping carcinogens through your colon.

Garlic and onions, from a family of vegetables called allium, are powerful cancer-fighters. Studies have shown them to stop cancer growth in the stomach, colon, brain, lung, prostate and breasts. Additionally, one garlic component named diallyl disulfide was shown to kill leukemia cells in the lab.

Other cancer-fighting vegetables in this dish are packed with antioxidants are carrots, sweet potatoes and squash. Broccoli detoxes the liver; beans are rich in fiber; and the tumeric in curry has been found to suppress tumors.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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