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From a cancer treatment and prevention perspective, there are three key, inter-related aspects we need to consider:
Since I’m a registered dietitian and not a genetic counselor or expert in anything environmental, I propose that diet and lifestyle be the focus of this article. After all, diet and lifestyle is something we can control and aim to improve. And, of course, it’s in vogue to be making health changes for New Years!
In the space of nutrition and cancer, there are really 4 areas that matter as we strive for improvements.
Weight matters. We know that excess weight is a risk factor in the development of many cancers. Weight is modifiable by what you eat and how you move. I know I bang this drum all the time, but it’s important to identify diet and activity changes that you can maintain long-term and not just in the moment. There is a clear advantage to holding a constant weight vs. losing it and then gaining that back, plus some.
What you eat matters. Making healthy choices not only helps us control our weight, but also ensures that our body is getting the nutrients it needs to fight, manage, and survive cancer. While there is an abundance of diet and nutrition information “out there”, I would argue that we don’t need to overcomplicate it.
How much you eat matters. After childhood, we get out of the habit of eating when we are hungry and stopping when we are full. Be in tune to what your body is telling you and listen. Choose less on your plate and see if you stomach notices. Until you are sure of your hunger cues, eat a little bit and stop for a few minutes. Are you still hungry? If so, eat a little more. If not, put the rest away for later.
Balance matters. Perfection is not a sustainable destination. According to Statista, diet and healthy eating was the number one resolution made by Americans in 2019, followed by exercising more and losing weight. There’s no reason that this won’t be true as well for 2020. But, what happens after 30 days in? Six months? Compliance drops off. Way off! To paraphrase Seinfeld, the important part is not making the resolution…it’s keeping the resolution.
My advice for how to make the changes you want last!
And that’s how it’s done. HAPPY NEW YEAR—keep us posted on your progress!!