Skip to main content

Reducing Cancer Risk with Diet

Have you noticed my "Blog Roll" on the bottom of my blog? You might like to come back often to keep an eye on it for regularly updated links to various blogs that offer both health advice and recipes for the whole-food plant-based diet (WFPB diet). 

One interesting link that showed up recently was from the American Institute of Cancer Research (AICR) titled "Playing the Odds: What we mean by prevention". Unless you are a very young reader, your life will have been affected by cancer in some way. Perhaps you have had cancer yourself, or members of your family or friends will almost certainly have had cancer. The older we get, the more our lives are unfortunately touched by cancer, and it's not the touch of a warm hug from a loved-one.

The WFPB diet is aimed at prevention of disease in our lives. By adopting the WFPB diet you can basically kiss goodbye to obesity, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and cardiovascular disease (CVD). You will also reduce your risk of many types of cancer, stroke and dementia. What's not to like?!

The American Institute of Cancer Research focuses a lot on nutrition's role in reducing the risk of cancer by monitoring and distilling the results of reliable studies that involve diet and nutrition's impact on cancer.

AICR has come up with a list of the 10 steps you can take to reduce your cancer risk. You can find them here at Recommendations for Cancer Prevention.

So ask yourself: If reliable science says that a WFPB diet will mean that you will live a longer and healthier life, why would you not do it? What's it to be for you: the prospect of dying of old age from natural causes, or dying before your time after perhaps decades of poor health? The choice is yours.

Popular posts from this blog

Flourless Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

In my last post on making soy milk at home I mentioned that you are going to end up with soy bean pulp, which is known as "okara" in Japanese. It's full of soy protein and fiber as well as calcium, iron, and riboflavin, so it just seems such a waste to throw it away. Correction: it is a waste to throw it away!

Huge volumes of okara are left over from the commercial production of soy milk and tofu, most of which is fed to cows and pigs because for some reason people seem to prefer to eat okara only after it's been turned into the flesh of an animal. But we are not about to feed the okara left over from our soy-milk-making efforts to the pigs when it can curl our hair.

We have experimented with a few ways to use our okara - add it to oatmeal for breakfast, add it to soup, or substitute it for 1/3 of the flour in any recipe. But our favorite thing is to use it to make chocolate chip cookies. Is it any wonder when we are such chocoholics! The result is a healthy cookie,…

How to Get Started on a Whole-Food Plant-Based Diet

Welcome! Presumably you've landed on this page because you are thinking about trying a "whole-food plant-based" diet.

A whole-food plant-based diet is a diet that is focused on healthy nutrition, and that consists of whole foods rather than processed foods, and excludes animal protein.

I was once in your shoes: I wanted to stop eating animal protein because I had high and worsening cholesterol levels, but I had no clue on how to get going. By pure luck, right at the time I wanted to make changes to my nutrition to fight my high cholesterol, Lady Luck intervened and I read about Dr. Joel Fuhrman's book "Eat to Live" on an investment site of all places! It was the beginning of my journey to self-education, motivation, and action. Fortunately there are some amazing resources out there online that helped me be successful in changing my nutrition for the better, and I'll share them with you in this post.

But first, I need you to make a pledge before you go a…

A diet without hunger

Carbs get a bad rap in the diet world. Case in point when I was reading something last week a person was being described as “so slim they’d obviously never eaten a carb in their life”. So by implication if you eat carbs you won’t be slim. Ok, does that mean I’m the exception that proved the rule? No, I’m not as I know other whole carb eaters who are just as lean as I am.
I actually eat a lot of carbs every day. I estimate that I have brown rice with about 10 meals a week. On top of that my breakfast every day starts out with ½ cup of whole rolled oats and ¼ of quinoa. Many meals also include beans, nuts, seeds, and starchy vegetables. So if carbs were going to make you fat and give you diabetes, I would be fat and diabetic, right? However my current BMI is 19 and I am not diabetic. So what gives?


Every time you read or hear that you need to “avoid carbs” you must interpret this as avoid processed carbs”. Such things as: anything made with white flour such as breads, crackers and cooki…