Many people equate vegetarian eating with healthfulness. But just how much do vegetarian diets affect people’s health?
This past week, I attended the International Congress on Vegetarian Nutrition, a conference exploring the research on vegetarian diets and health, including aging, obesity, cancer, type 2 diabetes and other chronic diseases.
We enjoyed a lot of lively discussion on these topics – both areas of agreement and those that are controversial. Here are a few of my take-aways from the conference: Continue reading
Did you wake up this morning to the realization that it’s Valentine’s Day and – oh no – you haven’t gotten the gift. Although there’s still time to get flowers, chocolate and other traditional presents, don’t panic, I’ve got a plan ready to go so you can wow your main squeeze with your culinary prowess.
Follow these instructions and you can serve a simple, tasty and elegant meal. And, it’s packed with colorful, cancer-fighting, health promoting foods – with just the right balance of a sweet ending.
Menu: Fruitful Salad with Walnuts, Cranberry Roasted Chicken, Maple-Topped Sweet Potatoes, Hot Broccoli, Chocolate & Strawberry Angel Cake
- Pre-washed salad greens in bag or box
- 1 Small head of broccoli crown or 1 bunch asparagus
- 2 medium sweet potatoes
- 1 Apple or pear
- 12 large fresh strawberries (sliced, frozen berries work too)
- Cranberry chutney (jar)
- Small bag walnut pieces
- Maple syrup or honey
- Red pepper flakes
- Raspberry vinaigrette
- Store roasted chicken, whole or breast
- Prepared Angel food cake
- Dark Chocolate bar (70% cocoa)
- Candles, red napkins, red rose(s) Continue reading
Prevent 1.5 million premature cancer deaths worldwide per year by 2025. That’s one goal set by international cancer organizations for World Cancer Day (WCD). With this year’s WCD theme of cancer myths and facts, that got me thinking about what myth I would like to see abolished by 2025.
The myth that I think keeps us from doing what we need to do to prevent many cancer cases is this: Let’s find that one compound or supplement or nutrient or single food that’s the magic bullet for preventing or stopping cancer.
We crave an easy answer – whether for weight loss, for more energy or to prevent a chronic disease like cancer. And many are ready to take advantage with their relentless marketing of the latest “miracle,” whether an extract, supplement or exotic sounding food. Continue reading