We have an opportunity every single day to bring excellent health and wellness into our lives.
Times are changing rapidly. In 1940, women had a 5% chance of getting breast cancer. Today, that number has risen to more than12% – one in 8 women. What we eat is also vastly different now. In 2010, 50% of meals were eaten outside of the home, and the average diet is largely comprised of fast and processed foods made of ingredients we can’t even pronounce.
The good news is that it’s easy to make changes to your diet that will create resiliency in the body to prevent and reduce diseases. Studies have shown that a diet which includes animal products or little fiber can contribute to breast cancer, while a vegan diet – free of meat, eggs and dairy – can help prevent and even reverse it. Increased intake of fruits and vegetables can lower the risk of cancer. A healthy diet consists of more fruits, legumes and vegetables, and a balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. We want to lower the intake of Omega-6 fatty acids (from vegetable oils), and increase Omega-3 fatty acids, found in chia seeds, flax seeds, and walnuts, for example.
It’s easy to begin eating more of a plant-based diet, and exciting to experience the energy and vitality that a balanced vegan diet gives. By embracing a few simple changes, health improves, and energy is gained. We want to continue on the path of good nutrition and wellness. The natural state of our body is great health, and if we provide good nutrition and a healthy lifestyle, it will return to that natural state.
Here are a few ideas that you can incorporate into your diet right away, along with a couple of quick and easy recipes to begin with. You can also join our 28- day Transition to Vegan program beginning mid-May. More details at http://www.kellisvegankitchen.com
- Focus on adding healthy foods to your day, not on what you’re trying to take out. It’s easy to add delicious plant-based meals.
- Drink your veggies! By drinking a smoothie or juice each day, your vegetable and fruit intake will quickly increase.
- Eat the rainbow every day. Brightly-colored fruits and veggies contain loads of antioxidants and phytonutrients, which strengthen the body’s immune system and aid in destroying tumors.
- Increase your Vitamin D intake by eating green leafy vegetables and getting an adequate amount of sun exposure. Studies are showing that vitamin D can inhibit cell proliferation and promote apoptosis and cell differentiation in breast tumor tissue.
- Help reduce inflammation by adding omega-3 fatty acids such as chia and flax seeds, and increasing anti-inflammatories such as ginger and turmeric.
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- Vegan Spinach Salad Recipe For Breast Cancer (breastcanceryogablog.com)