Making the right food choices can help prevent cancer from returning, explained by Rosemary Barclay of Old Lyme, CT.
When treatment for cancer is complete, survivors should be encouraged to make lifestyle changes when it comes to diet as this is an extremely important priority all survivors should consider. Research shows certain foods can not only help with maintaining a healthy weight, but also reduce the risk of cancer recurring. Rosemary Barclay, founder, and owner of Bonne Santé Wellness Center in Old Lyme, CT, explains the importance of a nutritious diet for cancer prevention,
Rosemary Barclay notes that is a clear link between being overweight and being more at risk for developing cancer or reoccurring cancer. Data also supports the notion that cardiovascular disease is more common in people who have undergone cancer treatment, which can be heightened by obesity.
Eating a rich, plant-based diet can help to combat obesity while fighting off cancerous cells. Rosemary Barclay suggests consuming fresh fruits and colorful vegetables, whole grains, and beans. Food sources that are rich in fiber, antioxidants, phytonutrients, vitamins, and unsaturated fatty acids can be preventative. Berries, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, salmon, and nuts are great foods to incorporate into your diet regularly. In remission, it’s important to eat smaller meals more often particularly if you are not hungry. If you have lost weight after chemotherapy, eat more healthy calories.
Red meat and processed meats should be consumed in small amounts, primarily as they are pro-inflammatory. Saturated fats in the diet are biochemically handled by the body to produce an inflammatory response via the arachidonic acid pathway. Sugars in all forms should be limited as they are non – nutritive and can leave one immune-compromised particularly if you have been on antibiotics. Not surprisingly cereals, frozen entrees, flavored yogurt, granola, sauce, canned soup, juice, soda, and sports drinks are often loaded with hidden sugar.
Two important factors to consider are firstly consumed your vitamins rather than obtain them via supplements. There is no evidence to suggest that supplements are easily digested or beneficial. Secondly, practice mindful eating. Research has shown that we eat more high-calorie non-nutritive foods while watching television. Always eat at a table and ensure your plate is colorful and contains protein, fats and low glycemic carbohydrates
About Rosemary Barclay
Rosemary Barclay believes that nutrition is fundamental to good health, and affects many facets of well-being including the skin, energy, immunity, mood, and performance. The Bonne Santé Wellness Center in Old Lyme, CT, offers solutions to problematic skin without the use of antibiotics or harsh chemicals.
She earned a bachelor’s degree and a Ph.D. in biochemistry in addition to becoming a board-certified nutrition specialist, certified esthetician, and acne specialist. Rosemary Barclay lives in Old Lyme, CT.