Question: How can I stay hopeful and balanced with nutrition and exercise?
With the arrival of spring comes longer, sunny days and hope. As of yet, no diet has been proven to cure cancer. However, simple lifestyle changes involving diet and physical activity have been shown to have great benefits and cancer- risk reducing potential.
Proper nutrition is vital to complement traditional cancer treatments, aid in recovery, minimize unpleasant symptoms, and improve quality of life. A healthy, balanced diet is your best bet. So what are the components of a healthy, balanced diet? Lean protein, healthy fats, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. A well- balanced diet also limits added sugars (usually found in processed foods), caffeine, salt, processed meats and alcohol.
This time of year, fresh produce at our local farmers market is abundant. By consuming different types of fruits and vegetables, you will also add balance to your diet