Last week, a lot of headlines featured news about an analysis that found eating the healthiest of diets costs more per day – about $1.50 more – than the least healthy diet.
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The analysis of research was published in BMJ Open and it’s important information for cancer prevention. Eating a diet with plenty of fiber, fruits, vegetables and other healthful foods plays a role in cancer risk and weight. A healthy diet and a healthy weight could prevent approximately 120,000 US cancers each year.
Doing the math, eating the healthiest diets on average cost about $550 more a year than the least healthy. That’s a barrier for many, as the authors point out.
But cancer – along with the other chronic diseases related to an unhealthy diet – has an expensive toll. Globally, cancer costs more than any other disease, such as heart disease, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS.
Are you trying to maintain a healthy body weight (or even lose weight), but finding it hard this time of year? You’re not alone! I work with people to help them lose weight and live healthier. Here are some of the biggest holiday hang-ups I hear around the holidays, and some tips to help you overcome them.
“I can’t resist all the leftover Halloween candy.” If you still have candy sitting around, the first step is to get it out of sight. Toss it, send it to troops overseas or even hide it in the back of the freezer and take out individual pieces as occasional treats. You are much less likely to over-eat if it isn’t sitting in a candy jar right on your counter top.
On the day-of the holiday, like Christmas or Thanksgiving, “I want to try a bit of everything.” My recommendation: select just your favorites. Be a food snob – if you don’t absolutely love it, don’t bother! Fill your plate just once, and build it according to AICR’s New American Plate: 2/3 vegetables, fruit and whole grains and 1/3 lean protein.
One of the biggest hang-ups I hear is that there are “constantly cookies, cakes, chocolates and other treats in the office.” Continue reading
Can you be obese and healthy — at least metabolically healthy? Probably not, suggests the latest review of the research, which finds even people who are metabolically healthy and obese are at increased risk for an earlier death and risk for cardiovascular disease.
The study — published in the Annals of Internal Medicine — did not look at cancer specifically, but metabolic health is a big topic in cancer risk these days.
Many signs of poor metabolic health are factors for increased cancer risk, as well as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
If you read this blog you probably know that the heavier you are, the more your risk increases for many cancers, including postmenopausal breast, colorectal, and pancreatic. And obesity brings metabolic issues. Continue reading