If you look at the earliest posts in this blog, you will notice that I wrote about cancer. The reason simply behind that is because both my parents passed away through this disease. And I had felt that writing about how it was to have loved ones afflicted with such a disease would also be helpful to others. I also felt that maintaining a health blog will also encourage me and hopefully, others to live healthy lifestyles. After all, we have only been given by God one body right now in this planet so I think we might as well take better care for it.
Since those early articles were written, I have had one cousin and two friends (all in my age bracket, not more than 41 years old) afflicted with cancer. Cancer is not as uncommon as it might have been in ages past. I did some more reading about this disease and I would like to share one important thing that I have found out.
Most experts agree that the kind of food we take, the diet that we have can and does reduce the risk for cancer. Eating a healthy diet really matters in staying away from this disease. To quote Rachael Stolzenberg-Solomon, PhD, MPH, RD, a researcher at the National Cancer Institute: “The easiest, least-expensive way to reduce your risk for cancer is just by eating a healthy diet.”
To clarify what this healthy diet consists of, listen to Karen Collins, RD, nutritional advisor for the American Institute for Cancer Research.”If you have two-thirds of plant food on your plate, that seems to be enough to avoid excessive amounts of food high in saturated fat,” says Karen Collins, RD, nutritional advisor for the American Institute for Cancer Research. The diet that fights cancer is simply the plant-based diet 🙂
Now, I am not really saying that we should all stay away from meat from now on (although if you chose to, you could do as well but consult your doctor or a nutrition expert about that) but we could all include vegetables and fruits regularly in our meals. I think this is something “do-able” for us all. So if vegetables and fruits are not part of your daily meals, I encourage you to start doing so in your next meal 🙂