Holiday Hangups: The One Plate Rule & More Tips for Cancer Prevention

Are you expecting a season of holiday parties, special treats, being too busy to exercise and feeling extra stress? At our latest tweetchat we talked strategies for powering through those and other Holiday Hangups – health stoppers that can derail our usual habits that help us stay healthy, keep our weight in check, and lower risk for cancer.TG_plate_dreamstime_xs_34940592

I selected three topics we discussed and chose some of my favorite tips from tweetchat participants. Perhaps you’ll find an idea or two to help you stay on the healthy track tomorrow and beyond. The goal: Enjoy the holidays and delicious food AND stay energized and satisfied, but not stuffed.

1. Social gatherings – how do you manage to sneak in some healthy eating?

  • The one plate rule, especially if I’m at a holiday buffet!
  • I slim down my [drink] by choosing calorie-free beverages like sparkling water or club soda.
  • Step away from sights and smells of the buffet table. I spend a mindful moment deciding how hungry I actually am. Continue reading


This Year, Let AICR Help You Through Your “Holiday Hangups”

This time of year brings family and friends together for celebrations of many kinds. But no matter which holiday you’re celebrating, AICR can help you keep it healthy.

We get asked a lot of questions about how to handle “Holiday Hangupsbigstock-Candy-party-celebration-seaml-45691690” — those issues unique to this time of year that complicate your efforts to eat healthy, get your 30 minutes of activity in, and stay a healthy weight.

Now through January 1st, we’ll be featuring tips on a host of Holiday Hangups every day. Check out our Facebook page and Twitter feed for answers to questions about:

  • How to prepare healthy and delicious holiday dishes
  • How to manage this busy time of year and still find time to exercise
  • Techniques for managing holiday parties that feature lots of alcohol and rich foods
  • How to cook for a vegetarian or vegan guest
  • How to avoid stress — and “stress-eating”
  • How to satisfy your kid’s sweet tooth in healthy ways
  • How to cook the unusual vegetables and grains that find their way to the holiday table
  • And lots, lots more Continue reading


What I Learned at the AICR Annual Research Conference

Attending AICR’s Annual Research Conference is a little like standing under a waterfall—it’s hard to drink it all in. That’s because the Conference brings together some of the world’s leading researchers in cancer prevention, treatment, and bigstock-Gmo-Food-11014355survivorship, and provides them the opportunity to share their research, passion, and experiences, all in one place.

What did I learn from the conference? A lot. But if I were to sum it up in a short list, I would include these three takeaway messages:

1. Preparation matters. How I prepare my food is more important than I thought. Gently steaming broccoli and other crucifers; chopping or blending carotenoid-containing fruits and vegetables; and slow-cooking meat can make a difference in reducing my cancer risk.

This article from Health has more information about the research presented on the role of food preparation techniques in reducing cancer risk. Continue reading