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What does a person living with cancer eat?

Hello Friends!
 Some have asked if I eat vegan? No, I am not a vegan nor a true vegetarian but I do eat predominately plant based. I pretty much follow Dr. Andrew Weil's anti inflammatory pyramid making small adjustments relative to me. For instance - I don't eat soy products daily because research shows that some people have cancers that ( some breast cancers) are sensitive to estrogen. Soy can have modest effect on estrogen levels.  On the other had, soy can prevent against breast cancer as evidenced by the low incidence of breast cancer in Japanese women.

This was posted on Cancer.org as of April 2014

"More research is needed to understand the relationship between specific forms of soy and doses of isoflavones on cancer risk and recurrence. We also need to learn more about childhood exposure to isoflavones and risk of cancer. Until more is known, if you enjoy eating soy foods, the evidence indicates that this is safe, and may be beneficial (but note that miso, a fermented soy product, is high in sodium.) It is prudent to avoid high doses of isolated soy compounds found specifically in supplements, as less is known about their health effects. As for other "hidden" sources of soy proteins, the evidence to date does not suggest harm or benefit. However, if you are concerned about these products, you can choose to avoid them." Should I or shouldn't I? I was not told if my cancer was estrogen induced.  I cant seem to find any information about it. So I decided to eat soy once a week but only in the forms of organic non GMO tofu, edamame,  tempeh or miso soup.

Greens: as your read last time minimally, I eat a cruciferous vegetable every day. I found a new recipe to changed things up a bit.  Thinly sliced cruciferous vegetables sauteed in olive oil infused with garlic, served over noodles.

I limit my red wine to a glass on the Friday and Sunday. Same issue here - thought to be good for its reservatrol effects on the heart and yet maybe bad for cancer.

Healthy fats: I nixed the canola oil.  I use mostly olive oil.  I use either coconut oil or avocado oil for high heat cooking.

Raw food: I try to incorporate raw food in my diet daily via a large colorful salad. However, some foods nutritional qualities are enhanced with cooking such as tomatoes ( so I roast plum tomatoes periodically for increased lycopene). Some raw foods such as mushrooms can have naturally occurring pathogens - button mushrooms/ crimini/portabella for instance should not be eaten raw but cooked. Raw food also might not work for you if you have IBS.

I dont obsess about my diet. I do indulge now and then with good quality chocolate or my home made pasta. I do  try to include a little bit of everything, and the best forms I can buy by referring to things like the dirty dozen on EWG and the EPA's fish advisory. I also think in colors when it comes to serving vegetables. 

The key to improving your health is to do your own cooking.  I admit, it takes time and planning ....something that I constantly work on.  I am grateful, I live close to a market and am known to go  there 2-3 times a week.  In an effort to reduce my time in the kitchen, last week, I bought myself and Insta Pot.  Its a combination rice cooker, slow cooker and pressure cooker.  I will write of my experiences with it in my next newsletter. Dont forget to sign up for it.


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