Cauliflower Crust Pizza

cauliflower pizza for breast cancer preventionBy: Rochelle Donnino & Breast Cancer Yoga Staff

Include cauliflower as one of the cruciferous vegetables you eat on a regular basis if you want to prevent breast cancer and receive the fantastic health benefits provided by the cruciferous vegetable family. We recommend including cruciferous vegetables as part of your diet 2-3 times per week, and make the serving size at least 1-1/2 cups.

Feel free to add any topping you love. Use some colorful vegetables to ramp up the nutrient levels.

Serves 2

Ingredients:
1 cup cooked, riced cauliflower
1 cup shredded Daiya mozzarella cheese
1 1/4 cup blended silken tofu = 1 egg
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp crushed garlic
1/2 tsp garlic salt
olive oil (optional)
pizza sauce, shredded vegan cheese and your choice of toppings*

Directions:

  1. Take 1 large head of fresh organic cauliflower, remove stems and leaves, and chop the florets into chunks.
  2. Add to food processor and pulse until it looks like grain. Do not over-do pulse or you will puree it. (If you don’t have a food processor, you can grate the whole head with a cheese grater).
  3. Place the riced cauliflower into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 8 minutes (some microwaves are more powerful than others, so you may need to reduce this cooking time). There is no need to add water, as the natural moisture in the cauliflower is enough to cook itself.
  4. One large head should produce approximately 3 cups of riced cauliflower. The remainder can be used to make additional pizza crusts immediately, or can be stored in the refrigerator for up to one week.

How To Make Cauliflower Crust To Make the Pizza Crust:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together 1 cup cauliflower, tofu and vegan mozzarella. Add oregano, crushed garlic and garlic salt, stir.
  3. Transfer to the cookie sheet, and using your hands, pat out into a 9″ round. Optional: Brush olive oil over top of mixture to help with browning.
  4. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from oven.
  6. To the crust, add sauce, toppings and vegan cheese. Place under a broiler at high heat just until vegan cheese is melted (approximately 3-4 minutes).

 

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.

Spicy Veggie Chili

Breast Cancer Veggie Chili RecipeSpicy Veggie Chili
By: Diana Ross Co-Founder of Breast Cancer Yoga

The cold has finally come and the the thought of Chili with corn bread sounds perfect. I got to use my frozen CSA peppers and tomatoes. Then added some organic corn to tailor it to meet my taste buds. Great results: my son had three helpings which was the ultimate approval, and compliment.

Ingredients:

1 Tbsp. olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped @ 1 cup
3 large garlic cloves, minced @ 1 tbsp.
1 green pepper, chopped
1 red pepper, chopped
1 fresh jalaleno pepper, finely chopped or 2 Tbsp, chopped canned hot peppers
(jalapeno or green chilies)
1 28 oz. can organic tomatoes
1 15 oz. can organic tomato puree
1 bag of organic frozen corn
1/2 tsp. ground coriander
1/4 tsp. whole cloves or generous pinch of ground cloves
1/4 tsp. ground allspice
2 Tsp. oregano
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. chili powder
2 Tbsp. ground cumin
2 cups kidney or pinto beans

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in large skillet and saute’ onions, garlic, green and red peppers and jalapeno pepper until softened.
  2. Add tomatoes plus puree, corn, coriander, cloves, allspice, oregano, brown sugar, chili powder, cumin and beans and simmer for 30 minutes.
  3. While cooking veggie chile prepare rice and serve.  Bon Appetite’

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.

5 Ways To Begin A Plant-Based Diet To Prevent Breast Cancer

Plant Based Diet For Breast CancerBy Kelli Roberts: Skilled Vegan Chef with a plant-based diet certificate from Cornell University

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.
Kelli RobertsKelli Roberts is a skilled Vegan Chef with a plant-based diet certificate from Cornell University, and is a certified health & nutrition counselor from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She has been vegetarian for nearly 20 years and vegan for 11, and is a Level 3-certified TriYoga teacher. Kelli teaches vegan cooking classes and programs to transition to a plant-based diet (online and in person), leads vegan yoga retreats, and offers individualized nutrition and lifestyle counseling.
http://www.kellisvegankitchen.com 

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Tips to Help Cancer Patients Ease Into a Detox Diet

Detox Diet For Breast Cancer

Begin a Detox Diet for Breast Cancer

Cancer patients often wonder if they’re healthy enough to start a detox diet, which is a plant-based or vegan diet that has a cleansing effect on the body. Even though it’s common to doubt your readiness and the potential benefits of such an endeavor when you’re coping with cancer, now is the time to embrace optimism and hope. It can be easy to lose hopefulness after hearing your diagnosis and your doctor going over your prognosis.

The therapeutic effect of a vegan diet on cancer is increasingly being studied worldwide, and the results are inspiring many patients to try a plant-based diet. The key for cancer patients is to ease into cleaner eating habits. Patients may be able to improve their health with following a healthy diet throughout the course of their cancer treatment. The following tips will help you transition and maintain your healthy efforts:

  • Decide to take it slow. Setting an intention to ease into a detox has a powerful effect on the mind and heart. It’s easy to become hard on yourself or feel disheartened if you slip up. By setting the intention to slowly transition into a detox diet, we send reaffirming signals to our ego, psyche and greater self. When we love ourselves, we heal ourselves.
  • Set a progressive plan. Whether you identify yourself as a planner or not, setting some simple guidelines will help you ease into a cleaner diet. The plan should gradually guide you into a more plant-based diet, week by week. A plant-based nutritionist can help you create a plan if this feels overwhelming for you, and many books are available for those who like to research.
  • Be patient and optimistic. The first week or two of consuming a cleaner diet will encourage the body to detoxify. Some mild side effects like headaches, fatigue or body aches are common and are actually a good sign that your efforts are working. Don’t get discouraged by the side effects of cleaner eating, because this phase will soon pass. Taking it slow will reduce side effects, and drinking purified water will help to flush out toxins. Remain optimistic, and consider using encouraging mantras or quotes to motivate you through challenges.
  • Use natural remedies. If mild side effects do arise, use natural remedies. A detox bath does wonders for body aches, skin detoxification and overall rejuvenation. Draw a hot bath, and mix in Epson salt or pink Himalayan salt, powered ginger, organic apple cider vinegar, or essential oils like tea tree oil, eucalyptus or lemongrass. Soak for 20 minutes or more, drink extra water, and follow with rest.
  • Celebrate even the smallest achievements. Finding little ways to reward your accomplishments — even if that is one day or one week of clean eating — will encourage you to keep up with a plant-based diet. Reward yourself with a gentle yoga class, a massage or any other relaxing experience you enjoy. Positive reinforcement will train the mind and body to maintain the good habits.

Keeping a journal and having friends or family available for support will help you through potential detox effects. These effects should feel relatively gentle and manageable, and if they don’t, contact your oncologist to discuss your symptoms. Taking care of yourself is of utmost importance, so remain mindful of your clean eating habits and move through this journey one day at a time.

Author bio: Michelle Whitmer has been a medical writer and editor for The Mesothelioma Center since 2008. Focused on the benefits of natural and holistic healing for cancer patients, Michelle is a certified yoga instructor and earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Rollins College in Florida. 
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