Cancer Prevention Series
Another step in this life long journey of living in a healthy way, is to eat healthy! Why can I not just enjoy life and eat whatever I like and then face the consequences? That is most definitely an option…. BUT you may not like the consequences when they come!
From a cancer perspective, you are at lower risk of getting certain types of cancer if you eat fruits and vegetables… Not fruit flavored snacks, nor high in sugar fruit juices from concentrate or veggie chips…NO… I mean real fruit and vegetables! And it is better if you eat them raw and unprocessed!
Experts recommend 2 to 6½ cups of fruits and vegetables daily, depending on energy needs. This includes 1 to 2½ cups of fruits and 1 to 4 cups of vegetables, with special emphasis on dark green and orange vegetables and legumes!
There are several food derived substances that can help protect your body from cancer. One of these vegetables that contains powerful substances that can help prevent cancer is broccoli! The problem is that you would have to eat about 1 pound of raw or steamed (not more than 5 minutes) broccoli a day to achieve a significant degree of chemo protection. As an alternative you could eat about 2 OZ of broccoli sprouts a day to supply the same amount of protectant substances or take a good quality broccoli supplement. At Prevention Foods we offer an all natural supplement that is made of broccoli seed extract, that contains glucoraphanin which has been associated with prevention of certain types of cancer.
If you don’t see how in the world you are going to eat so many vegetables and fruits, here are some helpful tips that could help you accomplish that!
You could get several different fruits and vegetables and throw them in the juicer! If you like citric fruits you can put mandarins, oranges and lemons together and have a delicious juice. Or you can make veggie juices too. Be creative! It is a fast and easy way to get your raw fruit and vegetable servings!
If you decide to dine out, you could order salads instead of entrees and ask for vinaigrette based dressings instead of the very high in fat Ranch, Caesar and Blue cheese dressings… At home you could use some lemon juice, olive oil and salt as dressing. It is delicious!!! You also may want to substitute fries for side salads when you go to a restaurant… and yes a potato is a vegetable…. but when you fry it (it’s delicious, I agree!) you are defeating the purpose of eating vegetables!
Another very important point is to create healthy habits in your children, so that they don’t struggle with the same issues that you struggle with, but that is a whole different subject!
If you have any helpful ideas to increase fruit and veggies consumption we would love to hear from you!