There's a lot of debate in the cancer literature about nutrition interventions for cancer survivors, but these tips are tried and true. If you follow them, you're doing something incredible for yourself - fueling your recovery and improving your future health!
1. Fill your plate with colorful fruits and vegetables.
Two thirds of your plate should be absolutely filled with these cancer fighting machines. They contain super molecules that may decrease cancer risk. Many fruits and veggies are also high in fiber. High fiber diets are known to decrease colon cancer risk. Get to the farmer's market or the produce aisle now!
2. Stop eating processed foods.
Processed foods are altered to increase shelf life and to enhance flavor and texture. They contain tons of bad oil, sugar, salt, stabilizers and preservatives. Consumption of processed foods is associated with poorer outcomes in many cancers. Open your pantry door - if there's an item that's ready to eat in a package, throw it out. Do the same with the fridge and the freezer. Chances are, if you're buying food from local producers and farmer's markets, you're buying less processed food - that's the way to go!
3. Eat less red meat.
Red meat from grass fed animals is nutritious and beneficial in reasonable amounts. I would recommend just once or twice per week at most. Red meat is associated with an increased risk of certain cancers.
4. Increase nut consumption.
Nuts are fantastic! Walnuts, almonds, cashews, and others contain fiber, protein, and cancer fighting molecules, and they taste delicious. Add to salads, plain yogurt, pasta dishes; the possibilities are endless. And oh yeah, diets high in nuts are also associated with lower risk of certain cancers!
5. Eat a lower fat diet.
High fat diets have been linked to colorectal, breast, and prostate cancers. It's important not to cut out good fats completely, like those in olive oil, avocado oil, nuts, or seeds, as well as fats from grass fed animals. Cutting out toxic fats is easily achieved by cutting out fast food and processed foods, which will have many fold benefits for your health.
If you know how to make these changes, do it NOW. If you are unsure, keep reading this blog! Brio Survivor Wellness teaches cancer survivors to fight fatigue and feel great after cancer with nourishment, movement, and mindfulness, so stay tuned for more great info!