Learning How To Cook A Plant Based Cancer Diet Can Save Your Life

Learning How To Cook To Help Prevent Breast Cancer

Vegan Cooking Class Sponsored By Breast Cancer Yoga

The eating habits of modern Americans have been described as, “eating breakfast in their cars, lunch at their desks and chicken from a bucket.” Within the last few decades, Americans are eating out more and more, and cooking fewer meals at home, which are typically healthier. Home-cooked meals tend to contain less saturated fat, cholesterol, and sodium, and more fiber. Therefore, the benefits to preparing healthy food at home may include the prevention of chronic disease. Just because food is prepared at home doesn’t mean it’s healthy, though. Microwaving a frozen pizza isn’t exactly home cooking.

One of the problems is many people no longer know how to cook. For example, one study reported that 25% of the men in the study had absolutely no cooking skills whatsoever. Another study in the UK compared the nutritional content of meals created by television chefs to TV dinners, and both were then compared to the nutritional guidelines published by the World Health Organization. The researchers looked at a hundred of each, and not a single one complied with the nutrition standards. And the TV chef recipes were even less healthy than the TV dinners!

Many people don’t know how to make healthy food taste good. This is not a new problem; an editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association bemoaned the same issue back in 1913. In the United States, “vegetables are frequently boiled in a way which deprives them of their characteristic odor and their toothsomeness. ‘Villainous and idiotic’ are the only adjectives that can describe our methods of cooking vegetables.”

Researchers in Taiwan recently found that in a group of elderly Taiwanese people, those who cooked their own food were not only healthier, but also lived longer. In a ten year study, highlighted in my video, Cooking to Live Longer, those who cooked most frequently had only 59% of the mortality risk. This took into account the exercise people got grocery shopping, physical function, and chewing ability. So why did they live longer? Those that cooked typically ate a more nutritious diet with a higher consumption of vegetables.

The effect on mortality was much more evident in women than in men. It turns out that “men were, with doubtful justification, more positive about the nutritional value of convenience foods compared with women.” Women who cooked made better food choices in general.

As one author noted in the book Something from the Oven, over the last century:

“we began the long process of turning over to the food industry many of the decisions about what we eat…Today our staggering rates of obesity and diabetes are testimony to the faith we put in corporations to feed us well. But the food industry is a business, not a parent; it doesn’t care what we eat as long as we’re willing to pay for it. Home cooking these days has far more than sentimental value; it’s a survival skill.”

With the onslaught of health information out there, access to simple, healthy recipes has never been easier. While cooking at home requires more effort, energy, and cleaning, the results, health aside, are often more rewarding. Learning to cook is a simple art, and with the right amount of patience and delicious ingredients, it can help us take back control of our own lives.

Check out your local public library for cookbooks—I’ve been amazed at the selection in all of the cities I’ve lived. Or for those for which books are just so 20th century, the online Rouxbe Cooking School holds healthy cooking classes.

More on fast food:

Some other unsavory bits about the food industry:

I think this is the only other mention of celebrity chefs I have:
Paula Deen: diabetes drug spokesperson

Michael Greger M.D.About Michael Greger M.D.Michael Greger, M.D., is a physician, author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues. Dr. Greger has lectured at the Conference on World Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the International Bird Flu Summit, testified before Congress, appeared on The Dr. Oz Show and The Colbert Report, and was invited as an expert witness in defense of Oprah Winfrey at the infamous “meat defamation” trial. Currently Dr. Greger proudly serves as the Director of Public Health and Animal Agriculture at the Humane Society of the United States.

This is Life on Life’s Terms

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude.”
-Maya Angelou

By Diana Ross E-RYT 500 Certified Yoga Therapist and Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga.

Well here I sit finally on vacation with my husband in the Adirondack Mountains thinking about “Diana’s Desk” and all the stuff that has happened that needed some sharing. Some great stuff, some good stuff and some not so good stuff but there are two things that I always bank on and that “nothing changes if nothing changes” and “that change is constant.”

I wanted to share the great stuff first. Vegan Cooking Classes with Kelli Roberts. Here are my daughter, Dawn, granddaughter, Desiree, son Jared and good friend Rita. Yummy morning and afternoon. Thanks Kelli.

Next we had a great showing for the Mind, Body & Spirit Expo. Lectures were on Gaining Clarity through Conscious Breathing, Using Aromatherapy Oils for de-stressing, and Transitioning to a Plant Based Diet (to mention a few topics). The lectures were well received. Thank you Cynthia Shankman for your knowledge on aromatherapy, and thank you again Kelli for speaking on the health benefits of eating a plant-based diet.

Then there was the Lawn Concert with my dear friend Faerie Elaine Silver with husband James. What a perfect night. Surrounded by my family, friends, lightning bugs and delightful music.

Now sharing some of the stuff that calls upon prayer. My sister, Valerie shared with me that she was diagnosed with liver cancer. Apparently the breast cancer cells found a new place to show up. Not to be too sad but she decided no treatments and to transition to a plant base diet. This is what I have to report – 30 lbs. gone, feeling better and no more pain. You go sis. Also my husband’s associate, Teresa ( a young 31years) was diagnosed with breast cancer and is going in for a double mastectomy. Our prayers are with her. I want to thank everyone I reached out to to help her get clearer on what to do, what to ask and so on. It helped her a lot. Love our community of women. Love….

Now just to mention two of my favorite women, Laura and Beth ~ done with chemo – Yahoo.

Thank you all for your support and for sharing our blog. So many people have thanked us so let me thank you. Thank you!

blessings of love and light,


Diana RossAbout Diana Ross:  E-RYT 500 restorative yoga teacher, survivor that cares and founder of Breast Cancer Yoga. Diana is making a difference with Breast Cancer Yoga therapeutic products designed to support you emotionally and physically during breast cancer . We want to give you the attention and personal service you need so please email us at info@breastcanceryoga.com if you have questions.

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