If you’re like many people you may think that eating a healthy diet means higher food costs, whether you eat out or cook. But a recent study finds that people who cook more dinners save $2 a day on food – and they have significantly healthier diets than those who cook less often.
This matters for cancer prevention. A healthy diet – one with plenty of vegetables, whole grains and beans, low in sugar and added fat – provides cancer protective nutrients and helps you get to and stay a healthy weight, an important step to lowering cancer risk. Obesity increases risk for many cancers, including colorectal, endometrial and liver.
Over the last two years, I’ve loved being part of several workshops for dietitians and chefs who are bringing a new approach to cancer care. It’s about actively engaging those diagnosed with cancer in learning to choose and prepare healing foods and a health-promoting diet.
That’s important because cancer patients undergoing treatment and after can face a lot of eating challenges, including changes in appetite, energy, and food preferences. These choices can take a toll on strength, vitality and even ability to continue a treatment plan.
Getting crafty in the kitchen can sometimes feel like a daunting task. You may think a lot of gizmos and gadgets are necessary to make a good meal. Luckily, that isn’t true. Just ask any chef and they will tell you that a SHARP knife is the single most important tool for cooking.
A sharp knife can make chopping everything – from onions to fresh herbs – easy and quick, with a little practice of course. And that can make it more enjoyable to cook your own meals and healthy cancer-protective recipes.
Finding the right knife for you will take some playing around. There are many specialized knives, but I’m focusing on the must have chef’s knife. You can use this knife to cut any ingredient you need. Follow these tips to find the perfect chef’s knife for you: Read more… “Your One Must-Have Knife, Buying Tips”
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