Are you living the anticancer lifestyle yet?

One of our favorite books here at DYKC is Anticancer: A New Way of Life by Dr. David Servan-Schreiber, a cancer survivor, physician and now bestselling author. Today we’re sharing some important information about how YOU can adjust your lifestyle in an effort to prevent cancer.

The “Anticancer Action” section [situated between pages 178 and 179 if you happen to own the book! We’re lucky enough to have received a complimentary copy from Dr. Servan-Schreiber’s media folks!] is an indispensible guide for living the anticancer life. One of the easiest changes you can make is to your diet. On page four, the book features a picture of the “Anticancer Plate” [visit to view an image online] – the ideal meal should include the following:

Grains: multigrain bread, whole grain rice, quinoa [edible seeds that are high in protein and amino acids that hail from South America], etc.

Fats: the HEALTHY kind! The book suggest olive, flaxseed, or canola oil and butter that is rich in omega-3

Veggies and fruits: especially beans, tofu [don’t be scared of tofu! It’s actually very delicious if you learn how to prepare it] lentils, etc.

Herbs and spices: the doctor recommends the following: mint, garlic, rosemary, thyme, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, oregano and more

You might be thinking “Where’s the meat?” – the anticancer lifestyle places more emphasis on mainly eating vegetables and legumes and limiting intake of dairy, eggs and meats. These are “optional” on the anticancer plate. Fish rich in omega-3, though, along with organic meat and dairy products should be eaten in moderation, according to Dr. Servan-Schreiber’s anticancer plan.

It’s easier than you might think to make dietary changes and shift towards an anticancer eating plan. Make the changes gradually. For example, if you’re a meat-eater, slowly decrease the number of times per week you eat meat. Find a replacement for your favorite meats – try marinating tofu and adding that to your stir fry instead of beef, or grill up a piece of white fish like salmon marinated in light teriyaki sauce. If cutting meat out entirely is too painful, try and purchase organic meat.

Some of us at DYKC have been adding organic flaxseed to our meals – cereal, salads, stir fry, rice dishes, just about everything! Flax is super-healthy, and boosts your body’s immunity. It also fights inflammation, as it is high in omega 3 fatty acids, and most importantly, flax is high in Lignans, which are natural cancer-fighting compounds! Flax seeds have a nutty taste, and you can purchase the seeds whole [they look like sesame seeds] or ground. It’s a simple way to boost the cancer-fighting ability of all of your daily meals!

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