Eat Plants, Not Meat: Dietary Guidelines Should Follow American Cancer Society Recommendations

dietary guidelines to eat plant-based foodsThe 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans should reflect the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) new recommendations calling for Americans to base their diets on fruits, vegetables, grains and beans, and to cut out red and processed meat.

The new ASC guidelines say that a healthy eating pattern includes a variety of vegetables (including fiber-rich legumes), fruits and whole grains. It does not include red and processed meats. Continue reading “Eat Plants, Not Meat: Dietary Guidelines Should Follow American Cancer Society Recommendations”

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How to Make Grilling Healthier

grillingAs you get ready to fire up your grill for the July 4th holiday, I want to share with you some tips to make your grilling healthier, as well as more flavorful. For most people, barbecuing is one of the true joys of summertime, but it is unfortunately associated with some real health risks. Research has identified carcinogenic by-products associated with grilled foods, particularly red meat, poultry, lamb, pork and fish.

The two carcinogens to be aware of are heterocyclic amines (HCAs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). HCAs are formed from high temperatures and overcooking Continue reading “How to Make Grilling Healthier”

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10 Ways to Make Your Life and Home Less Toxic

glass food storageA while back we posted this blog about things you didn’t need in your home. One of the reasons was because certain items were damaging to the environment, but another reason is that they can be damaging to you. Many of the items below contain chemicals that have been linked to cancer and other illnesses. And I know it may be difficult to change all of these items right away, but perhaps changing one thing at a time is a tangible goal and could help make your life and home less toxic.

I definitely am not one to judge. Although we have been making a conscious effort to choose less toxic items for our bodies and our home, sometimes convenience wins. The items listed below are things that I have personally looked into Continue reading “10 Ways to Make Your Life and Home Less Toxic”

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EWG Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen 2019

fruits vegetablesThe Environmental Working Group (EWG) has released their list for the dirtiest produce on the market. And by dirtiest, they are referring to fruits and vegetables that have the most pesticide residue, also known as the Dirty Dozen™. According to EWG’s analysis of test data from the Department of Agriculture, nearly 70% of produce sold in the United States comes with pesticide residue. Consuming foods that contain pesticides has been linked to a myriad of health issues including cancer and fertility issues.

The report also includes a list of the cleanest produce, Continue reading “EWG Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen 2019”

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Philadelphia Flyers Mascot Should Drop the Hot Dogs to Fight Cancer

hot-dogsProfessional sports have some influence over the American public. The Philadelphia Flyers just introduced Gritty, the hockey team’s new hot-dog-loving mascot. Well, I have some news for Gritty: hot dogs don’t love you back. So skip Flyers Dollar Dog Night to protect yourself from colorectal cancer.

Hockey is no place for hot dogs. The World Health Organization says hot dogs and other processed meat – like pepperoni, bacon and deli meat – are “carcinogenic to humans” and major contributors to colorectal cancer. In fact, eating just one hot dog a day can increase cancer risk by 18%. Continue reading “Philadelphia Flyers Mascot Should Drop the Hot Dogs to Fight Cancer”

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