I Saw It on TV… Weight-Loss Myths Women Hear

With AICR’s new report showing for the first time that obesity is linked to ovarian cancer, there are now even more reasons for women to maintain a healthy body weight. I’ve already written about challenges women face when it comes to weight loss, and a recent blog by Colby describes some of the many nutrition myths surrounding cancer risk.iStock_000004672120Small

To help women reduce their risk of ovarian cancer, getting to a healthy weight matters. Let’s look at a few of the many weight loss myths I hear daily from women:

1.    “I heard on Dr. Oz…” This is the start of many conversations I have with patients. It is usually followed by some supplement (e.g. garcinia cambogia) that “leads to weight loss.” There are usually few studies supporting the weight loss benefits of these supplements, potential risks or side effects from taking the supplement, and there is ALWAYS the caveat that a healthy diet and physical activity are needed for it to work. Continue reading


Putting a Healthy Twist on New Year’s Brunch

There’s nothing I love more than waking up on a holiday morning to the smell of freshly brewed coffee and the scent of something baking in the kitchen. Last year I wrote about how to modify your favorite holiday foods (in this case, coffee cake) to make them more nutritious while maintaining the taste you love. This year, I have a new idea: let’s make over the entire New Year’s Day brunch!Raspberry scones

A typical brunch might include bagels, eggs, bacon and sausage and maybe even some pastries or doughnuts on the side. While it’s ok for everyone to indulge a bit – something I tell my patients all the time – there’s also good reason to limit these foods.

The brunch I just described is full of white (processed) flour, saturated fat (the kind that is harmful to heart health), sodium and sugar. Combined, these foods are a recipe for weight gain and increased cancer risk when eaten regularly. Moreover, this meal is completely lacking in the food components shown to help us live longer and healthier lives – vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and fiber, to name a few.

Here are some ideas to start your New Year with a healthy New Year’s day brunch. Continue reading


Road Trips to Potlucks: Cancer-Fighting Summer Travel Tips

It’s summertime, and that means lots of fun BBQs, parties and traveling. Trigger-foods like sausage, chips and sweet/salty foods that you might normally keep out of the house can be hard to resist when you are away from home.canstockphoto4732007 You might also want to avoid offending your host by turning down the food they prepared.

You are not alone. Here are some tips to navigate four tricky common summer eating scenarios – it all starts with planning ahead!

At a potluck:

  • Bring a healthy side dish like a garden salad or fruit salad so you can eat this instead of high-calorie sides like macaroni or potato salad.
  • Be a food snob! If you don’t absolutely love the treat, don’t bother. If there is one dessert you like more than others, have just a small portion of that one.
  • Fill your plate once. Build your plate based around the guidelines for the New American Plate. Then walk away from the food so you aren’t tempted to get seconds.
  • Limit alcohol. If you have an alcoholic beverage, select a light beer or a glass of wine. Limit yourself to two drinks for men and one for women. If you have more than one, have a glass of water between drinks to slow you down and keep you hydrated. Continue reading