As I told you last week I have been intentionally and methodically reading and learning all I can about making wise diet and lifestyle choices for not only my mom who is going through chemotherapy, but for my family also.
I also let you know that diet seemed to be overlooked as way of fighting cancer in our community cancer center where my mom is being treated.
When she was first diagnosed I turned to books, those that had been through this before, and the internet for information. One of the books that I purchased is called ‘Anti cancer A new Way of Life’ by David Servan-Schreiber, MD, PhD. He himself is a 2x cancer survivor.
Of everything I have read this book was the one that I was most deeply moved by, as it is a book that is memoir, part scientific study as to the inner workings of cancer and what makes it grow. It takes a practical view of the roles traditional western and alternate health care can play in cancer treatment and prevention.
In the very center of this book is a glossy colored section called ‘Anticancer Action’ which in tables and and easy to read graphs summarizes the actions to take to help avoid cancer. It even has a grocery list of things to have for an anticancer diet!
Here are a few of the suggestions:
Avoid products containing industrial chemicals whenever possible.
Example, air our your dry-cleaned clothing, avoid chemical cleaning products, avoid parabens and phthalates in cosmetic products.
Eat Grass-fed organic animal products
Eat a balanced diet. Reduce your intake of sugar and white flour and trans-fats. Increase your omega-3 intake. Increase you intake of anticancer products like green tea and specific anticancer vegetables and fruits
Filter you tap water
Spend 20 to 30 minutes a day in physical activity
Expose yourself to sunlight for 20 minutes a day (vitamin D)
Here is what the ‘anticancer plate’ looks like
A colorful plate full that is divided between the largest portion of fruits, vegetables, and vegetable proteins like beans and lentils. The next largest being filled with multi-grain breads and whole grains like rice and quinoa. Next is good fats high in omega 3′s like olive oil and flaxseed. Herbs and spices are an important part of this plate too, tumeric, mint, and garlic are included. Lastly is the optional animal protein section that included organic meats, eggs, and dairy products.
This is certainly the most insightful, well-documented and practical of all that I have read so far. There is deep and compelling evidence that we all have the capacity for not only prevention of disease but to actually participate in healing of our own bodies.
I highly recommend this to not only cancer patients and their families but anyone interested in prevention of disease.
I would also like to thank you all for your great comments last week. I learn so much from all of the readers here!
Kim can also be found at the inadvertent farmer where she raises organic fruits, veggies, critters, kids, and…a camel!