Guest Post: Jillian McKee and The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

I am so thrilled to be featuring my very first guest post on my blog today!  Jillian McKee of The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance Blog contacted me a few days ago to see if it would be a possibility to have her write an article for this blog and I welcomed the idea immediately.  

As Jillian described, her article demonstrates the “benefits of eating healthy during and after a diagnosis of any kind of cancer. Each different cancer has its limitations, but if one can keep a healthy body, they can have a better chance to overcome this awful disease.”  

I am sure that her article can benefit each of you as well, as I could definitely relate to Jillian’s suggestions and how they can help women with PCOS!  

Fighting Cancer: Foods to Avoid, Foods to Include

If you were just diagnosed with mesothelioma or another form of cancer, it is important to start making changes to your diet. Making minor changes can help improve your overall health, strength, and increase your longevity.

Foods to Avoid

Now more than ever, you want to increase your health. Begin by giving your cabinets and refrigerator a makeover. Foods that zap away your energy or increase the risk of developing health problems in other areas of your body should be avoided.

  • Saturated Fat, Trans-Fat, and Cholesterol. Your heart needs a healthy start!  Minimize     your intake of these fats as recommended by the American Heart Association. Avoid the intake of cholesterol and trans-fat as much as possible and only eat less than 7 percent of your daily caloric intake in saturated fats. Eating too much of these fats, can increase your risk of developing high cholesterol, which causes your heart to work harder and decreases your blood flow.  Foods that are high in cholesterol, saturated fat, and trans-fat are:  junk foods, fast food, processed meats, full-fat dairy, red meat, and poultry with the skin on.
  • Sugary drinks and snacks. People who have cancer or are taking treatment or cancer usually feel fatigued throughout the day. This may come from a high white blood cell count, or side effects from aggressive treatments such as chemotherapy. Sugar may give you a quick energy boost, but it is often followed by a swift energy crash. This is because sugar increases your blood glucose level. Glucose is the body’s fuel source. Once glucose rapidly declines, it leaves you feeling down in the dumps and hungry. This glucose rollercoaster can increase the risk of your developing type-2 diabetes.  Foods and beverages that are high in sugar are: soda, juice, candy, frosted cereal, baked goods, ice cream.

Foods to Include

Now that we’ve gotten rid of the unhealthy food, lets add some good food to the empty space we’ve created in the fridge and cabinets.

  • Fruit and vegetables. Fruit and vegetables are a really good source of vitamins and minerals. In fact, they don’t just carry vitamins and minerals, they also contain antioxidants used to fight cell oxidation, which if left damaged causes cancer.
  • Oats. Oats are a good source of fiber. Fiber helps to control your  weight, boost your energy, increase your heart health, reduce your blood sugar levels, and reduce your risk of developing heart disease. Fiber has also been shown to reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer.
  • Fatty fish. Fatty fish such as mackerel, sardines, and salmon are full of the healthy fats omega 3 and 6. These fats are known to boost brain health, eyesight, and help reduce the risk of developing several diseases including cancer.
  • Fresh citrus juice. Fruit juice contains the water-soluble vitamin C. Vitamin C not only boosts your immune system, which is vital when trying to fight cancer, but it also raises your good cholesterol (HDL), which improves your heart’s health. If you get tired of drinking fruit juice, try a vegetable juice blend.