People craft– getting along with yourself

Bad news for the Big C.  It is an alarming statistic that the average American has a 40 percent chance of developing cancer over a lifetime.  Is cancer caused from bad genes?  Does random bad luck play a part when renegade cells mutate and replicate?  Today’s research tells us that how active we are and how we eat makes a difference at our cellular level.   The good news is that 80 percent of all cancers are related to lifestyle– poor diet, inactivity, and smoking.  Hope Pink Ribbon PinYes, there is hope!  We have some control.  The American Institute for Cancer Research and the World Cancer Research Fund has a list of ways to lower risk:

Be as lean as possible.  The ideal adult body mass indes is between 21 and 23.

Lead a physically active life.  Aim for at least a 30 minute brisk walk per day.

Eat mostly foods of plant origin, emphasizing nonstarch vegetables and fruits, legumes, and grains.

Meet nutritional needs primarily through diet rather than relying on vitamin and mineral supplements.

Limit alcoholic drinks.

Limit energy-dense foods– the empty carbs and sugary drinks.

Limit red meat to less than 500 grams, or 18 ounces per week, and avoid processed meat.

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9 thoughts on “People craft– getting along with yourself

  1. Kathleen Rowland

    There is an enzyme machinery in fat cells that leads to the production of hormones like estrogen. This plays an important role in reproductive cancers according to David Schottenfeld, MD, who is on the advisory board for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. Fat cells in an expanded waistline can cause a state of chronic inflammation. This leads to the promotion of tumor growth. Insulin levels are also an obesity-related cause of cancer.

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