Joan Lunden: 10 things I wish I knew before I was diagnosed with breast cancer.
Joan was interviewed by The Today Show.
Please read very closely her #4 and #5 things she wished she had known before …
4. Diet plays such a huge role in preventing and fighting cancer
Many things that we eat and drink are causing us to get cancer. All the garbage food that I ate along with every other American — processed, refined foods — I now look at it with eyes wide open. I see now how I unwittingly contributed to my own breast cancer.
Since my diagnosis, I have switched over to eating nutrient-dense, low-calorie foods that don’t cause any inflammation in my body. My nutritionist put me on a no-wheat, no-dairy, no-sugar eating regimen. I thought: What’s left when you take those away? But actually, there’s a lot left.
I eat lots of cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli and cauliflower. I also look for dark purple fruits and vegetables, like red cabbage, eggplant, beets, blueberries and blackberries.
When I was given an eating regimen that I was told could save my life, it became an empowering, life- saving eating program, not a diet of deprivation.
5. It’s important to become a voracious label reader
Sugar is added to almost everything that we buy and eat, and it’s like the best fertilizer ever for cancer cells. I stood in the aisle at Whole Foods one time and looked at 20 jars of spaghetti sauce and only two of them did not contain sugar. Start reading labels: I always considered myself a label reader, but I wasn’t. But boy, I am now.
She puts it best when she says sugar is like the best fertilizer for cancer cells. Did you know that everyone has cancer cells in their body but not everyone will develop cancer? Sugar fuels cancer cells and conversely clean, whole fruits and vegetables, whole grains and legumes fuel what I like to call our “soldier” cells. They are the good cells fighting against cancer cells and fighting for a healthy body and mind.
Read Joan’s entire list at The Today’s Shows Health page: