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Friday, November 2, 2007

Choosing Wisely at the Table

I write a lot about making choices. We as human beings make choices at all times, every day, all the days of our lives, even if the choices are not to make choices.

I don't much believe in reading about cancer, because I believe that for many people it simply puts them into a fear mode, and that is not a good place to be.

But I do believe in making use of information when it serves the well-being of the world, and that of those close and near and dear to me, and of course my own well-being, both physical and otherwise.

The American Institute for Cancer Research has just released these eight guidelines for avoiding cancer. In the article explanations are given for some of the guidelines, such as:

  • two-thirds of every meal should be made up of plant-based foods, such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables and beans

  • limiting intake of "energy-dense foods," foods that contain high amounts of fat, sugar or calories, such as fried foods, hamburgers and soft drinks

  • the consumption of alcohol, red meat and processed meats were also linked to elevated cancer risk. The report advocates eating no more than 11 ounces of red meat per week, and no more than one alcoholic drink per day for women, and two per day for men

  • they advocated abstinence from all processed meats, such as bacon, ham and other lunchmeats. They were unable to find a level of consumption that could be considered safe

The actual guidlines are listed below

  1. Be as lean as possible within the normal range of body weight, BMI 21-23

  2. Be physically active as part of everyday life, at least 30 minutes brisk walking

  3. Limit consumption of "energy-dense foods," foods that are high in calories, fat and sugar. Avoid sugary drinks.

  4. Eat mostly foods of plant origin, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains and beans (avoid starchy vegetables such as potatoes and corn)

  5. Limit intake of red meat and avoid processed meat

  6. Limit alcoholic drinks to one per day for women, two per day for men

  7. Limit consumption of salt. Avoid moldy grains or legumes

  8. Aim to meet nutritional needs through diet alone, without dietary supplement

Read the entire article in The Economist

Regarding the processed meat such as bacon, ham, and all lunchmeat, think about that one very carefully. Read this and this if you really want to give it a closer look.

Regarding the salt...try Maldon Crystal Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt or Celtic Sea Salt. None of these are refined as is the salt you find at the grocery store...they retain the valuable natural trace elements which are often removed during the processing of other table salts. (You might check for brands of other unrefined sea salts in your health food store).

To read more about the advantages of unrefined salt over refined salt, go to these websites:


And here are some books about the benefits of unrefined sea salt:

Sea Salt's Hidden Powers
Salt: Your way to health

Finally, although dairy is not on the list above, you might like to look at a previous post on this blog about the subject: Cow's Milk, Breast Cancer, Prostate Cancer, and Osteoporosis

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  1. You are an inspiration! Thank you for passing on such important information.

  2. Thanks for the kudos...it really is all so important to know...although you can't go crazy about it either...you can only do so much...but I do believe in being informed...