What 5 things have you changed in your diet that you think are the most
important for enhancing the odds for long-term cancer recovery?
great question. I really had to think about this to try to narrow it
down to just 5 changes. Here they are:
ways to increase my intake of *healthy fats* (i.e., the omega-3 fatty
acids and monounsatuated fatty acids). I did this by:
my fish consumption from lean fish (like orange roughy) to fatty
fish (like salmon) and eat fish twice weekly instead of just once.
I threw out my vegetable oils and now only buy extra-virgin olive
oil and canola oil (also use a little sesame oil and walnut oil).
c) I eat 1 tbsp. of ground flaxseeds daily
d) I also began to feel comfortable about consuming high fat foods
like avocados, nuts, and peanut/soynut butter.
my fruit and veggie intake from 5-a-day to a minimum
per day (everyday!). In addition, I began eating a much wider
than ever before (don't just stick to the usual favorites of
oranges, and bananas). Make sure you are eating green leafy veggies
beans and legumes nearly every day of the week. They can
added or mixed into just about everything.
out my processed grain products and only buy things made
whole grains. You have to look carefully at labels, but you can
products made with whole grains for nearly everything now, even
soy foods into my diet on a daily basis (huge
I eat 1-3 servings of soy foods every day (even when traveling).
summary of 5 big changes I have made. There are many more changes that
are explained in other sections of my web site or in my
book. I truly eat a plant-based diet. I rarely eat foods that are
empty calories (high in saturated or trans fats, high sugar or white
flour), and never really miss them. My diet is promoting my overall
health in addition to optimizing my odds for being a long-term cancer
survivor! You truly are what you eat and even a Registered Dietitian
found she could make her diet healthier.
do it too :-)
These questions and answers
are intended to be of a general informative nature. Please consult with
the Registered Dietitian in your cancer center or your health care provider
for nutritional advice that can be individualized to your specific medical