When you hear those words, ‘You have cancer’, you’re immediately filled with fear.
I’ll never forget that moment, when everything stopped and I had to face my mortality. I did not want to die, and worse, I did not want my children to be motherless.
A mastectomy and nearly 6 years later I am very positive about the future, but you don’t ‘unforget’ cancer. It stays with you…forever.
I didn’t however, go back to living the way I used to.
My wake-up came in the form of leaving alcohol and a 20-year marriage behind.
Today I am positive because the research is definitely in favour of the survivor. As I mention often, genetics plays a small part in most health issues, which is good news.
Diet and lifestyle habits, especially what goes on the end of your fork, is key to most health outcomes.
So how do you wade through all the confusing and often conflicting diet recommendations and stay positive that your diet can make a difference in your long term health outcome?
You start with what we absolutely know.
Vegetables and fruit are full of health-promoting and cancer-kicking nutrients. 
This is especially true of the cruciferous vegetables, from the Brassicaceae family, that have specific cancer-fighting compounds like indole-3-carbinol and sulforaphane.
You can’t go wrong by including more broccoli, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale, bok choy into your diet (you can find a complete list here).
This is the first place I start with my clients. I focus on easy ways to help them include these vegetables in their existing meals. Plus including more vegetables in general, as they are the most nutrient-dense, fibre packed carbohydrate on the planet.
Secondly we look at reducing dairy, by experimenting with all the fantastic alternatives on the market, like almond milk, coconut yogurt and nutritional yeast.
The relationship between dairy and cancer is discussed in this blog.
Or you can read this comprehensive review of The China Study if you are wondering why everyone would benefit by avoiding dairy. 
The third step is to take a look at how much animal protein you are eating. As Dr Campbell states, a diet with as low animal protein intake as possible will greatly reduce your risk for all kinds of cancer, heart disease, auto-immune disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, and many other “diseases of affluence”.
I begin a journey with my clients of reducing animal protein to once a day, then experimenting with further reductions.
There are many fabulous sources of plant-based protein that provide not only protein but fibre.
Our western diets are largely void of fibre, which is only found in plant foods. Fibre is crucial for optimal health, and legumes, aka beans & lentils, are a combination of protein and complex carbohydrates which includes fibre.
Would you like some help moving towards a whole-foods plant-based lifestyle?
Book an Introductory session and we will look at what you are currently eating, create a menu-plan that adds more plant-based, cancer-kicking foods and reduces the foods that do not optimise your health.
This offer also includes an e-book that describes the guiding principles of how to optimise your health using plant foods and includes 40 recipes to help you get started.
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