By Tash Weddle
The last post covered some of the culprits in our environment and lifestyle habits that can contribute to the development of hormone receptive cancers, such as breast and uterine cancer. In this post, I will cover some specific nutritional behaviors that can keep our bodies functioning as they should.
Things to avoid or stop doing:
- Avoid too much caffeine (ex. coffee, tea and chocolate)
- Eliminate all nitrates and MSG from your diet (often found in deli meats)
- Use only organic dairy products
- Avoid overcooked foods
- Avoid trans fats, sugar, processed carbohydrates, high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners and processed soy.
- Stop storing food in plastic containers and NEVER warm up anything in a plastic container! Use Pyrex containers instead.
Thing to do:
- Consume grass fed – free range meats versus conventionally raised meat that is full of hormones, antibiotics, etc.
- Eat more cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, kale, Brussels sprouts, cabbage and bok choy. These all have compounds that help eliminate excess estrogen.
- Increase fiber from non-starchy vegetables. Without enough fiber estrogens continue to circulate in the body.
- Drink only filtered water and drink more green tea.The EGCG in green tea help suppress the gene that triggers breast cancer.
- Keep insulin levels low by eating a controlled carbohydrate diet and including strength training into your exercise routine.
- Avoid sugar in all its forms including white flower, corn and HFCS. Cancer feeds on sugar.
Cancer prevention isn't complicated...it's called eating a healthy diet of real food. Following the habits we teach 90% of the time is a great place to start. After you're complying with the habits, then start to investigate areas where you could improve by either eliminating some foods that may be increasing your risk or adding more of the good stuff.