Preface by Cathy Geibel TLB writer/reporter and Activist
Glyphosate is linked to Cancer. Countries in Europe are banning this toxic substance because of this. We are being exposed to pesticides thanks to Monsanto and the others. Oh, sure, we know any biotech backed studies deny the link but when you venture into independent studies it is clearly there.
Sugar knocks out the immune system for 3 days according to my Naturopath. That is greater than the 8 hours I have heard from other sources. Sugar? How about high fructose corn syrup (from GMO corn)? It is in EVERYTHING! When you start reading labels sure enough… there it is. We NEED an intact immune system to fight off not only viruses and bacteria but also cancer cells.
Our foods sources in the United States are LOADED with toxins. We are daily being poisoned. But we DO have choices. I only buy non-GMO and Organic…. yet…. sugar……
So I am putting down those “sour gummy worms” I bought last week as I sit here sick as a dog with something “flu like” knowing I DID THIS TO MYSELF! I mastered my addiction of Coca Cola and now I MUST work on sugar. Programming is so hard to overcome even for me, a registered nurse. The food industry WANTS us all addicted and controlled.
“Expletive deleted” THAT!! (CG)
By Shaney jo Darden
By now, most of us know that October is a month to raise awareness about breast cancer.
Since only 10 percent of breast cancer cases are genetic, a huge part of this conversation revolves around cancer prevention through environment and lifestyle adjustments. We can’t control everything, but we can take certain actions to lower our risk—and cleaning up our diet is one of them.
I founded the Keep A Breast Foundation in response to the growing need for breast cancer awareness programs that focus on educating young people. My friends were being diagnosed in their 20s, and at the time I had no idea how early in life breast cancer could strike. It flipped a switch in my brain and I realized that it was my purpose to start these kinds of dialogues about preventive measures.
By eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods, you can reduce your risk of cancer while enjoying other benefits like a healthy weight, a lower risk of heart disease, and increased energy levels. Colleen Doyle, M.S., R.D., director of nutrition and physical activity for the American Cancer Society, explains, “Though there’s no one food that will reduce your risk of this disease, it’s the synergy between many nutrients—vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants—that’s likely to give you the most protection.”
Here are some easy swaps to make to eat with prevention in mind:
1. Protein bars
Sometimes it’s more convenient to just grab a protein bar when you don’t have time to cook a full meal. The problem is that a lot of these protein or meal replacer bars are full of added sugar. (Some have even more than the recommended daily intake of 25 grams!) Recent findings have suggested that sugar can directly affect tumor growth and spur the spreading of breast cancer.
Swap these with low-sugar bars.
When choosing a protein bar, read the label and look for ones with less than 10 grams of sugar. Be sure that you’re eating bars made from whole foods and not hard-to-decipher additives. Right now, I’m obsessed with GoMacro, for example.
2. Refined carbohydrates
A lot of starches sold in stores, like white rice or instant mashed potatoes, have been stripped of their nutrients. These refined carbohydrates can also contain additives that negatively affect our health. Not to mention, they require less work to break down so we tend to overeat them, which can lead to issues with blood sugar and inflammation.
Swap these with cruciferous vegetables
A recent study found that healthy carbs like legumes and nonstarchy vegetables were collectively associated with a 67 percent lower risk of breast cancer. Consumption of cruciferous vegetables in particular is known to lower your risk, and you can use them in so many different ways. Cauliflower rice or mash is one of my favorites—and it’s so easy to make or find in the store!
3. Sugary foods
We already mentioned sugar a bit, but it’s so worth mentioning again. Added sugar often sneaks into all types of food—not just desserts. Skip the dairy, bleached flour, and artificially sweetened treats and look to natural sources of sweetness instead.
Swap these with fruit
Raspberries, strawberries, and blueberries are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, anthocyanins, vitamins, and a ton of other phytonutrients. Antioxidants are key because they help rid the body of free radicals and help cells repair themselves, possibly reducing the risk of cancer. These berries also contain ellagic acid—a natural anti-carcinogen and strong cancer-fighting compound.
4. Processed baked goods
Many baked goods are made solely of sugar, processed flour, and dairy and are therefore pretty lacking from a nutritional standpoint. But sometimes you want a yummy, comforting snack with your tea or coffee, and that’s totally OK! You can have baked treats that are delicious and healthier.
Swap these with baked goods made from chia seeds
Chia seeds have 30 percent more antioxidants than berries, eight times more omega-3s than salmon, six times more calcium than milk, and twice the potassium of bananas. Not to mention, they’re packed with fiber, and young adult women who eat a fiber-rich diet are 24 percent less likely to get breast cancer. They are one of the original super foods, and you can use them as egg or flour substitutes in all types of baking. Not to mention, they’re super easy to find in stores or online these days. You can put them in basically anything—smoothies, salads, oatmeal, even water—and reap all the health benefits.
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