1-2-3 To stay cancer free – 2
The following are three main actions for cancer prevention.
I. Eat REAL Food
A recent study found that Americans get:
63% of their calories from processed foods (e.g., hot dogs, margarine, frozen appetizers, baked goods, ice cream, and sweets),
30% of moderately processed foods (e.g., white rice, pasta, peanut butter, jam, canned products, dairy products, and processed meat/cold cuts),
only 7% of food is not treated or minimally processed (e.g., fresh or frozen products, beans, eggs, brown rice, milk, and raw meat).
For thousands of years humans have made food, and never in human history have we eaten so many delicious food products, microwaved meals, packaged snacks, and fast food.
Cancer “epidemics” is a call for all of us to change our mindset and lifestyle. Yes, it’s tempting after a day’s work to open a package and put it in the microwave, or take a pizza or take it home on the way home. But as we all know, this is not nutritious food, and in the long run, they can be bad for our health.
We need to eat REAL food. Processed foods and packaging not only lack nutrients (low in antioxidants and phytochemicals), they also contain unhealthy ingredients, such as processed vegetable oils, high fructose corn syrup, excess sodium, preservatives, and additives. The more we eat, the more health problems we develop.
1.Prepare your food
Cook your food from scratch but avoid frying or charbroiling because this cooking method creates carcinogenic substances. If you don’t have time to cook for a week, prepare your meal on weekends and freeze it in each container. Reheat on the stove or oven.
Use only oils that are good for cooking. Restaurants and processed foods generally use cheap vegetable oils derived from canola, corn, soybeans, safflower, or sunflowers. Some use grape seed oil or rice bran oil. All of these processed, relatively high omega-6 processed oils that promote inflammation, cancer warmers. The best oils used for cooking are coconut oil and organic animal fat, ghee, and butter. Reserve extra virgin olive oil to cook low heat and salad dressing.
Put some raw food into food because it is rich in enzymes that are easily destroyed by cooking. Not everyone can tolerate a lot of fresh food in the diet; therefore, it is essential to find your balance.
Stay away from packaging snacks. Baking homemade cakes using organic butter, wheat flour, and maybe a little natural sugar like maple syrup or honey. This is an entirely different thing when you buy commercially baked goods and cakes. These packaged snacks often made with processed vegetable oils, some even with trans fats, high fructose corn syrup, and all kinds of additives and preservatives.
2.Monitor your sugar
Processed foods and packaging are usually very high in sugar. Look at the box cereal you eat every morning, the package of snacks you eat in the afternoon, or the fruit juice/soda you drink. Add everything you eat and drink in one day and see how much. Know that one teaspoon of sugar is equivalent to 4 grams. On average, Americans consume 20 teaspoons of sugar a day!
More than one in three Americans aged 20 and older have pre-diabetes, a condition in which your blood sugar levels are higher than average but not yet high enough to be diagnosed as full-blown diabetes. A recent meta-analysis which included data from nearly 900,000 people showed that those suffering from pre-diabetes had a 15 percent higher risk of developing cancer, especially breast, endometrial, liver, pancreatic, and stomach cancers.
People who have pre-diabetes generally have higher insulin levels and growth factors such as insulin-1 (IGF-1). IGF-1 plays an essential role in cell growth and proliferation. This is why diabetes and pre-diabetes increase the risk of cancer.
Sugar is an ideal food for cancer cells and encourages its growth. If you currently have cancer or pre-diabetes, you must avoid all forms of sugar, both natural and distilled. You also have to refrain from eating refined carbohydrates because they are broken down very quickly into simple sugars. For healthy people, keep sugar intake to a minimum and use it only as an occasional treat.
Some names for additional sugars include agave syrup, brown sugar, corn sweetener, corn syrup, sugar molecules that end in “ose” (dextrose, fructose, glucose, lactose, maltose, sucrose), high fructose corn syrup, fruit juice concentrate, honey, reverse sugar, malt sugar, molasses, raw sugar, sugar, and syrup.
People who have diabetes and pre-diabetes must pay attention to their fructose intake. While every cell in the body can use glucose, the liver is the only organ that can metabolize fructose in significant amounts. The liver converts fructose into fat, which exported as VLDL cholesterol, produces high blood triglycerides and cholesterol, fat around the organs, and finally heart disease. Fructose increases uric acid in your blood and contributes to gout and high blood pressure. Excessive fat buildup in the liver causes non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Too much fructose causes insulin resistance, which increases insulin and IGF-1 and can eventually cause cancer.
Some forms of sugar are very high in fructose. Agave is the worst, with fructose content starting at 70-97%, depending on how it processed. High fructose corn syrup is 55% fructose, 50% table sugar, and about 40% honey.
Fruits, clear, contain fructose or fruit sugar. Those who have blood sugar or cancer problems must limit their fruit intake only to fruit because their fructose is much lower. If you are healthy, you can eat whole fruit but don’t drink fruit juice. With juice, it’s too easy to overdose and reaches dangerous levels of fructose.
3.Buy only quality meat and milk
Choose grass-preserved organic meat, maintained sustainably, to reduce exposure to antibiotics, hormones, herbicides, pesticides, and genetically modified animal feed.
If you have a limited budget, buy grass-fed meat or cheaper cuts of meat that require longer cooking time.
With dairy products, it is best to buy organic food and grass.
4.Eat foods that fight cancer every day
Add more cancer-fighting foods and cancer-preventing spices to your daily diet – cross vegetables (such as broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard, kale), dark leafy vegetables, asparagus, tomatoes, berries , pomegranates, green tea, oregano, rosemary, cinnamon, turmeric, garlic, ginger, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.