Friday, June 28, 2013

Link of the Week: Diet and Risk of Cancer

It is amazing how many diseases develop over time due to poor eating habits. It's so hard to control what we eat sometimes because there are barely any immediate consequences...besides feeling sluggish after those fries. But when it comes to diet, you have to think long term. Will what I am eating now negatively affect me in 10, 20, 30 or more years if I continue to eat this way? What if I continue to eat the same amount while my metabolism slows with age? Am I armed with the determination and willpower to exercise more and eat less to avoid gaining excess weight?

This is why so often we dietitians stress lifestyle changes. Ryan and I have this joke when we come to the choice of an escalator or stairs. One of us will say "It's a lifestyle" and then choose one route or the other. Because it truly is a lifestyle. Do we look for opportunities to put a little physical activity into our day and temporarily boost our metabolism? Park a little farther away perhaps instead of circling the lot for ten minutes to find the closest spot possible? In addition to having an active lifestyle, it's good to cultivate a lifestyle of healthy eating. Crash diets are not lifestyle changes. They are stressors on your body. When seeking to lose or maintain weight, you must make changes that you can sustain for the rest of your life.

There are many different types of cancer caused by many different things and they are treated in different ways. However, you can reduce your risk of many types of cancer by being active and properly nourishing your body.

The following link is to an article on the website of Central Baptist's Cancer Center. It provides some great tips about physical activity, food, and supplements. I suggest you read it and take it to heart! Not only will following these guidelines reduce your risk of cancer, but they will also make you healthier and less disease-susceptible overall.

Over Power Cancer

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