Thursday, April 23, 2015

What to Eat If You Have Breast Cancer

A lot of advice is given to breast cancer patients! Rarely are they informed about what to eat when you have breast cancer. They are not told that cancer feeds on sugar and it should be eliminated from the diet. Since I wrote about breast cancer last time I thought I would go one step farther. This is a 3-day meal plan and list of supplements for fighting breast cancer naturally. It can be a road map to add to your oncologists protocol if you wish, but please always check with your doctor before adding any supplements.

First I believe it is important to eat organic foods when engaging breast cancer. I think it is important to keep the liver from having to deal with any toxins to metabolize other than for normal bodily functions, and organic foods have more nutrients. So many foods today are carcinogenic so a diet of fresh, whole foods is superior to processed and refined food, fast or junk foods. I also believe that it is important to eliminate sugar, hydrogenated oils and trans-fats from the diet. Vegetables and some whole fruits, healthy fats, whole grains, nuts and seeds (fresh and refrigerated), legumes (other than soy), and lean quality proteins (fish, chicken and turkey) are advisable. I personally would recommend very little red meat at this time and only organic free-range meats and wild caught fish. Allow limited organic dairy if desired (preferably organic plain yogurt, and organic butter), some organic free-range eggs are ok too. I would also recommend storing all food in glass not plastic. Abundant fiber is important and if you are eating the above-recommended foods you will be getting this. Drink lots of water always.
DAY 1
BREAKFAST- plain yogurt with berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or black berries), topped with almonds
LUNCH- salad with leafy greens, red cabbage, tomato, cucumber, avocado, quinoa, sunflower seeds, home made salad dressing (olive oil, balsamic vinegar, lemon, garlic, onion and herbs), whole grain crackers (no sugar added)
SNACK- carrot sticks, celery sticks, red pepper slices dipped in hummus
DINNER- broiled halibut, steamed vegetables (broccoli, onion, squash, and asparagus) all with lemon butter sauce, ½ baked sweet potato

DAY 2
BREAKFAST- oatmeal with almond milk, fresh juiced carrot, tomato, kale juice
LUNCH- turkey (Applegate Farms) sandwich on whole grain sprouted  bread with lettuce, tomato and alfalfa sprouts, homemade potato salad
SNACK- apple and almond butter
DINNER- stir-fry vegetables (bok-choy, spinach, red cabbage, onion, garlic, mung bean sprouts, snow peas, red pepper (in olive or coconut oil) over mixed whole grain rice (brown, red, wild), with sesame oil, vinegar and lemon, sprinkled with sesame seeds

DAY 3
BREAKFAST- soft boiled eggs and whole grain toast
LUNCH- burrito with whole grain tortilla, beans and rice, corn, squash, onion, garlic, topped with avocado and fresh homemade salsa
SNACK- watermelon
DINNER- baked curry chicken, Brussels sprouts, onion, garlic and kale sautéed in coconut oil with Braggs, small green salad with carrot, tomato and cucumber (same dressing as above), whole grain roll

SUPPLEMENTS
Multi-vitamin and mineral- always advisable, A, C, E, zinc and selenium for antioxidants, B vitamins for brain function and energy, also needed to metabolize other vitamins, minerals for immune system, bone health, and cell membrane health, blood sugar, wound healing and many other things. Many vitamins and minerals need each other to function properly
Antioxidants- fight free radical damage, other than the 4 mentioned above there are grape seed extract, resveratrol, quercitin, hesperidin, rutin, green tea, and CoQ10, NAC, SOD
Vitamin D-has been shown to be preventative for breast cancer and helpful for breast health and bone health
High quality fish oil supplement- promote anti-inflammatory prostaglandins that inhibit cell proliferation, help prevent breast cancer

 However you choose to treat cancer you cant go wrong with a healthy diet!

Submitted by Tricia @ Nutrition by Tricia